Masaledar Okra Strips

29 Sep

Is it just me or does a simple change like cutting vegetables in a different shape give a dish a whole new spin?

For dinner last night, before I started chopping up the okra (bhindi) into my usual 1-cm disks, I noticed that some of them were bulging – which means the seeds were big and ripe. I didn’t want those seeds and yet the bhindi good enough to eat. What could be done?

I went for this tiny twist – sliced each bhindi vertically into 4-6 strips, and discarded the big seeds. The end result was a lovely, slightly crisp side dish of masaledar okra strips.

Here’s the recipe – especially handy when you want to eat okra Indian-style without the seeds.

You Need:

  • Okra (bhindi) – 500 grams
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

How To Make Masaledar Okra Strips:

Wash and pat dry the bhindi. The bhindi should be completely dry before it is sliced.

Slice each bhindi vertically into 4 strips (6 for bigger bhindis). Scoop out and throw away the big seeds, if any.

Heat a tablespoon of mustard oil in a wide non-stick pan. Add asafoetida, then slide in the bhindi strips. Cook on medium heat for 7-8 minutes, turning occasionally. Since the bhindi is cut thin, it will be cooked through by now. Sprinkle turmeric, coriander, cumin and red chili powders and mix with a gentle hand so that it coats all the strips evenly.

When the raw color of the turmeric goes away (1-2 mins), sprinkle salt and mix well. Cook for another minute. Serve masaledar okra strips with raita, a simple curry and rice/Indian bread on the side.

Masaledar Okra Strips


Want to try more okra recipes? Check out bhindi bhujiya besanwali, a simple okra stir-fry lifted by a dash of besan, and dahi bhindi, in which okra pieces are simmered in a ginger-pepper yogurt base.

2 Responses to “Masaledar Okra Strips”

  1. reddy September 30, 2011 at 12:52 AM #

    i love okra fry. will try step by step for sure

    • S October 5, 2011 at 7:47 PM #

      I hope it turned out delicious for you.

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