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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Bhindi - Masala Boondi Stir Fry (Okra - Fried Fritters Stir Fry)

          You must have had bhindi (okra) curry many times and it is cooked in many ways. But how about pairing it with some masala boondi? This is just what I did and surprisingly it turned out very tasty. It is a simple stir fry side dish with minimum of spices. 

          Please note - there is no onion or garlic in this recipe. The end product has a nice crunch in it because of the boondi. Relish it as a side dish with any type of flat bread or rice. Alternately it can be wrapped in roti / paratha for a quick lunch box meal.

  • 300 gms. bhindi (okra), chopped
  • 1-2 potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp. kalonji (nigella seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • pinch of fenugreek seeds
  • 1-2 dry red chilies, broken into half
  • 1 tsp. ginger, finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. roasted coriander-cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup masala boondi

          Heat oil in a pan and temper with dry red chilies, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds. nigella seeds and ginger. Saute for a few seconds and then add the potatoes. Fry till it is slightly brown.

          Now add the okra, and all the dry spices. Mix everything well and cook, covered on a medium to low flame till done. Sprinkle water if required.

          Add the boondi and give it a stir. Switch off the flame and keep it covered for 2-3 minutes. Serve as a side dish with chapatti, parathas or any flat bread or rice.

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