Monday, January 17, 2011

Bhindi Fry

"Amma, I have a boyfriend!" declared Little M, when I went to pick her up from school last week. This was not something I wanted to hear for preferably at least 20 years.
"Is that right, honey? Who is he?" I asked, not showing my surprise nor amusement.
"I'm not gonna tell you!" Now why on earth she thought it was something not to be told is yet to be figured out.
"OK then. Don't tell me. But do you think you can show me who he is?"
Pointing to a kid, half her size. "Sure! There he is!" Bingo!
How sweet it is that they can be so easily manipulated :) Not for long, I know!
So anyway, turns out she "does not like boys" but this fellow is "nice to talk to and he is a boy". Ergo, boyfriend! :)

I've been preparing some of my regular dishes in the microwave these days. Here is a quick bhindi fry. The pav bhaji masala can be substituted with red chili powder + garam masala powder.

Bhindi Fry


Ingredients:

Okra - 500 gms, ends trimmed & slit lengthwise
Onions - 2 medium, sliced thin
1 tsp each - cumin powder, coriander powder, chickpea flour (besan)
1/2 tsp each - turmeric powder, pav bhaji masala
1 tbsp oil
A few dashes of Kitchen King masala (optional)
salt to taste

Method:

In a microwave safe bowl, mix onions and the oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until slightly browned.
Add in all the powders, except the besan and garam masala. Mix in the sliced bhindi and salt. Microwave on high for another 3 minutes.
Add besan and cook for another 5-6 minutes.
Remove from oven and add a few dashes of KK masala.
Serve with rotis.

38 comments:

Pavani said...

Awww.. so cute.. kids are funny..
Bhindi fry looks yummy and that too made in the mw, quick and easy.

Sharmila said...

The pangs of daughter growing up ...huh Vani? :-)
This looks awesome ... the onions look perfect ... in the mw did you say?! Wow!
Had left a line on the beet post .. has disappeared. Loved the look of that too.

Kay said...

That first para brought a smile on my face. that's so cute of your daughter!

Bhindi fry in microwave? The masala is so well blended and the onion is so well fried! I gotta try this once

Nithya said...

Achooo soooo cute of your daughter :)

Nice okra fry :)

Priya said...

Adorable sweetie pie..Delicious bhindi fry..

Kairali sisters said...

OMG..Bhindi fry in microwave and this is def a try for me now..Lookks so crisp and yumm, Vani....

Kannada Cuisine said...

M is really cute.. They really grow up fast..I am already dreaming of my grandchildren :)

Bhendi fry looks perfect. Never tried Bhendi in the Microwave though

Cham said...

Cute gal- did she adjust with the school system in India?
Ur okra looks perfect never did in MW!

veena said...

so cute :)
thanks for sharing the recipe ...

Anonymous said...

Can this be done with the frozen okra we get here back in the US?

Satrupa said...

May I call you the Microwave Queen !! I luv bhindi ..... and this bhindi fry is gorgeous green !! Yummm
And sure the baby talks are sooo cute .... I wish babies never grow up and retain that innocence !
Hugs to ur daughter !

Cheers,
Satrupa

http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

Vani said...

Pavani - thanks :)

Sharmila - I think I lost my comment too! Thought I'd replied a few days ago on this post.

Kay - yeah, it was my trying this fry in the mw for the first time. Impressed with the results.

Nithya, Priya - thanks, girls :)

KS- I added besan to dry out some of the moisture. The okra did not turn crispy though. Maybe a couple more minutes might have done that but I did want a softer bhaji. Gotta try a crispy version next time.

Smitha- My first time with microwaved bhindi. Easy enough and no slime too!

Cham - she is still too young, so the differences in schools are not obvious to her yet. She adjusted quite fast. MW bhindi for the first time for me too. Def useful.

Veena - thanks :)

Anon - Not tried mw cooking with frozen okra but I don't see why it shouldn't work. The one trouble I had was getting rid of the sliminess in frozen okra. Perhaps mw might actually help there. Do let me know if you try.

Satrupa - Microwave queen, with all of three published dishes so far! Why, thank you, dear S! :)

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Santosh Bangar said...

fry bhindi with different way using beasan sounds crispy and tasty

Jay said...

Hy Vani,

love d fascinating click....nice collection of recipes here...happy to follow u..
do stop by mine sometime..
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aipi said...

I have a little princess too and she is three and I definitely do not want to have the boyfriend conversation for at least fifteen years..lol..liked the way you handled the situation..

I love bhindi...can have it in any form..the pav bhaji masala will definitely give an awesome flavor and I loved the beautiful vibrant picture too :)

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Satya said...

Yummy bhindi masala

Varunavi said...

Loved ur mc version of bendi fry.

meeso said...

What a cute story :) Okra looks awesome!

Sharmi said...

So cute of your daughter!
I loved those soft rotis and bhindis, give it to me anytime!

Jaya said...

Vani,
The other day I was talking with my Hubby about BF/GF thing in kids ..and he told me He's colleague's son who is in UKG had cried like anything ..why because his section got changed and he's missing his girlfriend..No, way I cant imagine myself in that situation ...but I like the way you had this conversation..never stop this channel for communication between ou and your kids even after 15-16 years when the real thing will start :-)..

Never tried bhindi in M/W..these looks so delicious..hugs and smiles

Roshan said...

very nice preparation with bhindi.....

archana said...

Little girls !!!! I have a three year old,who is begining to talk like a big girl, it is fun all the way through. Love the look of those bhindis.

Yummy Team said...

Enjoyed reading your story :) Bhindi fry looks yum! Lovely pic..

Nicky said...

Dear Vani,
Am new to your blog. Had tried out your recipe. It was amazing and has already become the favorite of my 2 yr old!...

Regards,
Nischitha!

Jayashree said...

Really like the way you channeled this conversation.

Leena said...

Beautiful presentation..dish looks very appetising!

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

I had always thought of the microwave as a reheating device. Until I had a baby. And now I have a fancier microwave. So I'm doing your recipe this week, definitely!

Torviewtoronto said...

following your lovely site this looks delicious I like okra like this we make it too

Knorr Soup said...

What an easy and simple recipe, and at the same time so very healthy and full of the goodness of bhindi and a variety of spices! Today, with more and more lifestyle related diseases like obesity and diabetes plaguing us Indians, such a recipe would do us a world of good, not to mention cater to our taste buds! For some expert tips on healthy eating habits check out our blog at http://knorratseven.blogspot.com/

Ms.Chitchat said...

You have a lovely space with authentic recipes.Glad to follow u.

Chitchat

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

Made this just yesterday! What a refreshing change from the usual bhindi!

Pushpa Bhargava said...

I hate bhindi ... But still now i cant myself to wait anymore to have a taste. Nice click buddy.. It looks so delicious.....

Anonymous said...

Delicious bhindi but had to cook onions for 3 minutes & bhindi for a bit more. Came out good thanks

Vani said...

Thanks, all!

Saee and Anon- thanks for trying and for the feedback! Appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

Hi your recipe is so easy! I tried making it today for dinner, it tastes great!! Only thing the bhindi I made doesnt look as crisp as the one in your pics and the onions dont look as fried/crisp either. I followed each step just as you have instructed. What could be wrong?

Vani said...

Thanks for trying this recipe, Anon. Each microwave is different. Nuking for a minute or two longer with the onions and bhindi might help. Also adding a bit more oil. Do let me know if either worked.