Friday, October 17, 2008

Okra w/ Coconut n Tamarind Masala


It is long since I posted an Okra recipe here. However, bhindi dishes feature quite regularly in our weekly menu, considering that it is my daughter's favorite vegetable. Very often, I just stir fry it with all the powders thrown in without any chopped onions. This time, I felt like doing something different with it. As I start my 3 week vacation tomorrow, I was trying to finish everything lying in the refrigerator. Of course, I did make a lot of other things, which I will post later, but I so wanted to post this Okra with Coconut and Tamarind Masala as seen in the picture.

You will need:

Okra/ lady's finger - 250 gms
Coconut - grated - 1/2-3/4 cup
Tamarind - one small lemon sized ball OR 3-4 tbsp paste
Ginger - peeled and pounded - 2 tbsp
Green chilly - sliced - 1
Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 strand
Hing/ Asafeotida - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste


Method:

  • Grind coconut, cumin seeds, green chilly, tamarind paste and ginger into a coarse mixture
  • Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, add the asafeotida and curry leaves
  • Add the turmeric, red chilly, and coriander powders, slightly roast for 2 seconds, and add the cut okra pieces, mix well
  • Cook covered for 3-5 minutes, add salt, mix well, and leave on low flame for the okra to be cooked
  • When the okra gets cooked, add the ground masala, and stir well without breaking the okra pieces

Another bright picture:


Serve with hot rice/ chapathi

Note: Unfortunately, A did not like it this way. If you have children who do not enjoy vegetables with coconut, do refrain from making this for them:-(

39 comments:

Purva Desai said...

Okra in any form is loved by me.....this is a tangy version....looks inviting...

Priti said...

Looks nice and different...Enjoy your vacation dear ;) ...heheh

Sireesha said...

I love okra made in any form..Looks tangy and delicious..

Ramya Bala said...

Surely tamarind is gonna make a lot of difference..Luv ur recipe...

Joanna said...

i've never tried okra :( they don't sell it at my grocery store. this looks like a delicious dish.

Usha said...

Looks yummy :-)

Cham said...

I love okra and tamar so it should be delicious for me

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is a very nice recipe. Looks so good.

Enjoy...

Uma said...

lovely curry Shreya! yummy.

jayasree said...

okra curry sounds interesting. Shall give it a try next time.

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sowmya said...

love this version of okra..picture looks tempting too..

Nags said...

vendakka aviyal, we call this :) i have posted it on my blog actually!

Sig said...

I love okra and coconut combo... in fact I love coconut with anything :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I never had okra and I have the felling I'm missing big time. Sounds delicious!

Priti said...

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raaji said...

hey makes with coconut but never tried adding tamarind to a dry fry curry......should make a note of it

Yasmeen said...

Masala Bhendi with coconut sounds spicy.Nice one ,Shreya:)

Gita's Kitchen said...

I have never tried okra with coconut, will try your recipe and tell you how it turned out for me. Have a happy vaccation :)

LG said...

Apt side dish for chapathis, loved it Shreya. You have an award on my blog

Andhra Flavors said...

okra and coconut combination is new to me. thanks for sharing.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Whew great looking Okra, I usually make a gravy with most of the ingredients that you say but I think Okra would taste even better your way...

DEESHA said...

i love okra in any form .. looks delicious

nicisme said...

The only time I ever have okra is in the Indian restaurants here, it's hard to find in the supermarkets. This looks fabulous and I would love mine with some coconut!

Suma Rajesh said...

bindi is ll time fav..lov them at any time..

Adam said...

I absolutley love okra. I think it's misunderstood, like a forgotten veggie. I usually have it with a bit of a Southern style, so this coconut mix sounds exciting. Next time okra is in town, I'm going Indian on it :)

Divya Vikram said...

I love okra in any form..Love the combination of masala in this dish.

Vaishali said...

Shreya, the okra looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe: I just have to try this.
Hope you enjoy your time away.

Jeena said...

Your okra looks delish. :-)

Kevin said...

I have been wanting to try okra for a while.

Sia said...

delish... okra and coconut both r my fav

Nidhi said...

Okra with coconut..interetsing. have not tried this. I guess will like it.

Swati said...

A lovely way to cook Okra...

Happy diwali wishes!!

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Salt N Turmeric said...

Shreya, Happy Diwali to you and family!

Sireesha said...

WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS DIWALI SHREYA......

Indranee said...

Lovely okra...wish you a very Happy Diwali!

Nazarina A said...

You know I have yet to master okra! Your recipe seems like a nice place to start. It looks good!