Bhindi tomato masala | Okra masala

Bhindi tomato masala | Okra masala

Bhindi tomato masala | Okra masala is a simple stir fry made with onions, tomatoes, bhindi / okra and spices. It goes well with steamed rice, dal rice, sambar rice, curd rice or even roti and phulka. This is a simple dish and comes together in 30 minutes. 

Bhindi tomato masala | Okra masala is a beginner friendly recipe and goes great in the lunchbox.

How to reduce sliminess in okra?

Dry the bhindi/okra completely without any remaining moisture before chopping them. 

You can add sour curd, lemon juice or besan slurry while cooking the bhindi to reduce the sliminess. 

You can deep fry or stir fry the okra before adding to any recipe. 

Lastly you can microwave the chopped okra / bhindi / ladies finger for 5 minutes and then use in any given recipe. 

Cooking instructions with step by step pictures

Wash the bhindi / okra thoroughly and wipe dry. Chop them into desired size and shape. 

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds are crackled, add cumin seeds. 

Now add chopped onions and curry leaves. Saute them in medium flame till onions turn translucent.

Once the onions are translucent, add chopped tomatoes.

Cook the tomatoes till they turn mushy.

Now add turmeric powder, red chili and salt.

Mix everything together and cook for around 1 to 2 minutes. 

Now add chopped okra / bhindi.

Cook uncovered in medium flame for about 12 minutes. Stir in between. 

When the colour changes to dark green and the sliminess is completely gone, switch off the stove.

Serve hot with rice or roti !! 

Recipe notes

  • Always choose young and tender bhindi. 
  • Add oil generously. Oil reduces the stickiness of the bhindi.
  • Do not cover the pan while cooking okra / ladies fingers. Covering the pan induces steam formation and increases the moisture content of bhindi.
  • Bhindi tomato masala stays good in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

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Bhindi tomato masala | Okra masala

Bhindi tomato masala | Okra masala

Bhindi tomato masala | Okra masala is a simple stir fry made with onions, tomatoes, bhindi / okra and spices. It goes well with steamed rice, dal rice, sambar rice, curd rice or even roti and phulka. This is a simple dish and comes together in 30 minutes.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3
Calories 100 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g okra / bhindi / ladies finger
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium sized onion chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 medium sized tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Wash the bhindi / okra thoroughly and wipe dry. Chop them into desired size and shape.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds are crackled, add cumin seeds.
  • Now add chopped onions and curry leaves. Saute them in medium flame till onions turn translucent.
  • Once the onions are translucent, add chopped tomatoes.
  • Cook the tomatoes till they turn mushy.
  • Now add turmeric powder, red chili and salt. Mix everything together and cook for around 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Now add chopped okra / bhindi.
  • Cook uncovered in medium flame for about 12 minutes. Stir in between.
  • When the colour changes to dark green and the sliminess is completely gone, switch off the stove.
  • Serve hot with rice or roti !!

Notes

  • Always choose young and tender bhindi.
  • Add oil generously. Oil reduces the stickiness of the bhindi.
  • Do not cover the pan while cooking okra / ladies fingers. Covering the pan induces steam formation and increases the moisture content of bhindi.
  • Bhindi tomato masala stays good in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
How to reduce sliminess in okra?
  • Dry the bhindi/okra completely without any remaining moisture before chopping them.
  • You can add sour curd, lemon juice or besan slurry while cooking the bhindi to reduce the sliminess.
  • You can deep fry or stir fry the okra before adding to any recipe.
  • Lastly you can microwave the chopped okra / bhindi / ladies finger for 5 minutes and then use in any given recipe. 
Keyword Bhindi recipes, Poriyal recipes, stir fry recipes

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