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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Okra/Bhindi with roasted sesame and poppy seed

Okra is known as Bhindi in India, and also referred to as Ladies' Fingers because of its shape. Okra is highly nutritional vegetable. It is,
  • Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium, low in calorie
  • High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Manganese, Protein, Riboflavin, Niacin, Iron, Zinc and Copper
The health benefits of Okra :
Okra is full of valuable nutrients, nearly half of which is soluble fiber in the form of gums and pectins. Soluble fiber helps to lower serum cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease. The other half is insoluble fiber which helps to keep the intestinal tract healthy, thus decreasing the risk of some forms of cancer, especially colon cancer.

Okra is very common vegetable in Indian diet, has several recipes from different regions of India. I think, in which way you cook this vege, it'll taste great, That's why, I love this vegetable so much. This recipe I found in one Indian cookbook by Mridula Baljekar, one England based Chef and cookbook writer, I want to share this recipe with you is something very different and delicious. This is an onion-garlic free recipe as many people in India do not use onion and garlic during religious festivals. But you won't miss those ingredients in this recipe..try out sometime..........I added few ingredients, like tomatoes in the recipe and potatoes with okra.

Okra Curry with roasted sesame and poppy seed

Now to the recipe..........

Ingredients :
Okra : 10-12 pods
Potato : 1 (medium)- optional
Tomato : 1/2 (medium)
Black mustard seeds : 1/2 tsp.
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp.
Sesame seeds : 2 tblsp.(tablespoon)
White poppy seeds : 1 tblsp.
Dessicated coconut : 2 tblsp.
Dry red chilli : 1
Oil : 2 tblsp.
Salt to taste
Method :
  • Preperation: 1) Heat a non-stick tawa/griddle over medium heat and dry-roast sesame and poppy seeds, stirring constantly, until they are a shade darker. Transfer them to a plate and return the pan on heat. Add the dry chilli(broken up in 2) and coconut and roast them, until coconut turns a light-brown colour and dry chillies turn dark. Transfer them to another plate and let them cool. 2)When cool, using a coffee mill, grind all the roasted ingredients together until smooth. Keep aside.  3) Wash the okras, top and tail them and cut them each into 2-3 pieces(about 1") depending on their size. If using potatoes, cut them lengthwise in 1/2" thick pieces.
  • Cooking : Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add mustard seeds. As soon as they begin to pop, add cumin seeds. Follow with the okra, potatoes and little salt. Stir-fry for 2 min. and add chopped tomatoes. Stir for another 1-2 minutes. At this moment, add 1/2 cup of water, reduce the heat and close the lid. Cook for 6-7 minutes or until they are cooked.
  • Stir the roasted ground spices into the okra and potatoes until they are fully coated with them. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and serve as a side dish with plain rice or chapati or parantha.
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Sunday, February 05, 2012 / by / 11 Comments


  1. Dear Indrani
    This is an awesome recipe ..I can get the taste right now. Hope will get some time to cook before I leave .
    Bhalo theko

  2. This looks so good..


  3. Delicious combinatin with okra with poppy seeds. Amazing preparation.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Sounds really good, want it with roti now :)

  5. This is very new way to make Orkra for me... I'd love to try it.

  6. This is very delicious, I made it first time and everyone liked it . thank you.

  7. This is very delicious, I made it first time and everyone liked it . thank you.


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