Posted by: Juveria | September 12, 2009

Bendakaaya Fry (Okra Stir-Fry)

Okra is also known as Lady’s finger in India, Bendi in hindi and bendakaaya in telugu. Abelmoschus esculentus is the scientific name and is known by different names by different people. It is cooked in many different varieties and serves many nutritional values.

If you are trying to gain weight then this is not a vegetable for you. But to loose weight this is gonna help you. As per the nutritional value, for 6 okras there is 1 carb and 2.5g of fiber in it. Very low in saturated fat, cholestrol and sodium. High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, C, K, B6, Thiamin, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese, Protein, Riboflavin, Niacin, Iron, Zinc and Copper.

By itself a fresh plucked okra looks very good & greeny and ready to jump into the skillet to be cooked. My mom usually makes a fry and stew with this veggie, but there are many other ways to cook it. People make stir-fry, stew(pulusu), okra-tomato curry, okra dappadam, okra with coconut etc…

Bendakaaya Fry

Bendakaaya Fry

But What I am posting today is a stir fried okra curry.
The source for the recipe is my mom. It takes about 30 mins approx to make it.

This is how I make it.

25 to 30 okras
A medium sized onion finely chopped
Jalapenos or green chillies(4-6)
Curry leaves
1tsp of ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp of cumin seeds
2 tbsps of Oil
Salt to taste
half a tsp of turmeris pwd
half a tsp of dhaniya pwd(coriander pwd)
cilantro and spring onions to garnish.

To get started with the prep work, start with the okra, wash them and dry with a paper towel free from moisture. Cut okra into small pieces about half centimeter. Try to keep the cutting board, knife and okra too clean without any moisture. This will help to keep the stickiness out from okra. Now finely chop onion, cut jalapenos, cilantro, and spring onion to get started with cooking.

In a wide pan heat oil and add cumin seeds when the oil is hot enough. When it starts to splutter, add chopped onion, jalapenos, curry leaves one by one. when onions turn to a softer texture and little brownish in color , add a tsp of ginger-garlic paste. Let this cook for 2 mins, add a little bit of turmeric pwd. Now add your cut okra to the pan and and season it with salt(one can add red chilli pwd, if you want the curry to be spicy). stir it at once and Let it sit until the okra is soft and done.

Now season your lovely stir fried curry with a touch of dhaniya pwd. Sprinkle and present the fried curry with finely chopped cilantro and spring onion.Serve hot , tastes good with hot rice and chapathis(roti).
Voila the recipe is ready to make a statement in your Plate.


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