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Thursday, 23 June 2011

Sweet n sour Okra[khatta meetha bhindi]

Sweet n sour Okra is a real classic preparation. Parts of India like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh , Delhi and the Northern part are very fond of this vegetable.A very healthy veg. substitute , and a good source of vitamin also.Okra is not only a delicious vegetable but even cures heart disease and very good for maintaining blood circulation in humans.

Ingredients: Okra [bhindi](300gms diced into small pieces.), onion(2 big sized grated), tomatoes(2 big sized grated), poatato(1 small size diced into small pieces), curd(50gms battered ), sugar(1 teaspoon), green chillis (2-3 nos.), turmeric powder (1 teaspoon), cumin powder(1 teaspoon), coriander powder (1 teaspoon) ,ginger garlic paste(1 teaspoon) ,salt acc. to taste ,coriander leaves for garnishing purpose.

Procedure: Take farm fresh okra from the market , wash nicely and marinate with turmeric powder and salt.Heat oil in a container and dash the diced okra into it. It will start emitting a nice smell of the fresh vegetable.Cook till the vegetable becomes soft.Remove it and keep aside. Cook the potatoes in the container and make it a little soft and remove from the gas, keep aside.Heat oil in a container and add sugar to it.this will give a very nice color.Dash tomatoes, onions in heated oil and cook till they become soft. Add ginger garlic paste , cumin powder, coriander powder and ultimately add the battered curd to it.Mix it well with the help of a spatula till the contents take  an even form.Add the already cooked okra and potatoes to it.Stir well and allow the vegetables to mix well with the spices. Add salt acc. to taste and add green chillis to it.While stirring you may add one cup water. The gravy should be attractive but should not be very liquid. The water content should be maintained.When cooked for about 5-7 minutes you may add chopped coriander leaves and garnish the dish. Remove the entire content to a serving bowl .
This preparation is quite easy and not at all time taking.Okra is a very essential, nutritious element and the combination of curd and other vegetables makes a very good choice in summer.This may be served with chapatis, steaming rice.Enjoy the delicacies of simple vegetarian food.

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