Top 10 Bhindi Recipes
Ladies finger also known as okra, commonly popular as bhindi is a much-loved vegetable by children. The ladies finger may be cut into round pieces or sliced into 4 halves or maybe put the whole in a mix vegetable subji. It is easily available in all vegetable market and the taste is very specific to the vegetable.
You can fry the bhindi and savour it as a starter. This Crispy Okra tossed with ingredients like spring onions, ginger, garlic and soya sauce makes a drool-worthy oriental appetizer. The sticky property of bhindi along with besan and other ingredients can transform into crispy, lip-smacking Bhindi Pakora. Sprinkle a dash of chaat masala on these yummy pakoras and savour hot with tea.
Bhindi can be cooked as a subji, a part of the main course. It can be relished with phulkas or rotis and also be had with plain rice and dal. Rajasthan has a scarcity of water hence, they prefer using buttermilk, milk in their preparation. Dahi Bhindi Ki Subji is a Rajasthani delicacy which is extremely sumptuous and low in calorie. You can even marinate the bhindi in a blended paste and tawa fry to make wonderful Bhindi Masala.
Bhindi is also an evergreen favourite of the Syrian Christians in Kerala. They make a coconut based gravy with an assortment of pungent ingredients like ginger, garlic, curry leaves, etc to create Bhindi Mappas, an aromatic gravy.
Apart from making sabzi, Gujarati's even use okra to make kadhi. Bhinda ni kadhi is an authentic Gujarati recipe. It can be relished hot with rotla or khichdi. Stuffed Bhindi Sambhariya is another authentic Gujarati dish where ladies finger is cooked with a stuffing of roasted besan and spice powders. It is spicy, tangy and sweet in flavour.
After seeing the wide variety of dishes made using bhindi in various regions, it is time to explore how North Indian's do it. Sukhi Bhindi is a semi-dry sabzi made by deep-frying bhindi to make it crisp and crunchy and tossed in masala. It is very popular in Punjab.
Bhindi Til ka Achaar and Bhindi Raita are some popular accompaniments made by using okra.