Prep Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 20 to 25 min
Serves: 2 to 3
- Bhindi / Lady's finger - 1/4 kg
- Besan / Bengal gram flour - 2 tsp
- Raw rice flour - 2 tsp
- Salt - to taste
- Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
- Coriander powder - 1 tsp
- Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
- Garam masala powder (optional) - 1 tsp
- Red chilly powder - 1tsp
- Dry mango powder (Amchur powder) - 1/2 tsp
- Vegetable oil - 3 tbsp
- Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
- Split urad dhal - 2 tsp
- Curry leaves - few
- Kalonji / Black onion seeds - 1/2 tsp
- Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
- Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
- Soak bhindi in water for about 15 min; wash & drain water.
- Wash well in water again for about 2 to 3 times.
- Strain using a colander & pat dry bhindis with a clean, dry cloth.
- Snip off both the ends of the lady's finger.
- Slit vertically each bhindi in to two halves & each half in to 1/2 " pieces.
- Coarsely pound together the above mentioned spices using a pestle & mortar; set aside.
- Heat oil in a pan/wok/kadai on medium flame, add mustard seeds & let it splutter.
- Reduce flame to low, add the coarsely pounded spices, split urad dhal, curry leaves & saute for a min or two in low flame.
- Make sure not to char the seasoning as the whole recipe turns out to be bitter.
- Now add salt to the seasoning, the bhindi pieces & stir fry in high flame for about 3 min.
- Reduce flame to low, close with lid & cook for about 10 min combining at regular intervals.
- Now add rest of the above mentioned spice powders & combine well.
- Cook uncovered on low flame for another 5 min.
- Add besan flour, raw rice flour; combine well & cook on low flame for 3 min.
- Switch off gas & transfer contents in to a serving bowl.
- Serve along with steamed rice along with any kuzhambhu varieties, chapathis, rotis, phulkas, khulchas and also pooris.
- I did not add garam masala powder as I prepared the recipe as a side dish for rice and appalam puli kuzhambhu; generally I like the garam masala taste only with the side dishes served along with any bread varieties; so its an optional to include or exclude according to your taste.