Hello everyone! Hope you all are have a great time. Yesterday, while sitting on my couch with a bowl full of popcorn, as I flipped through the pages of a Japanese magazine, of which I understood zilch, I suddenly realized that I have to prepare dinner for the two of us and I better get thinking the menu or else it will be too late. I don’t know how many of you can relate with me when I say that thinking what to cook is actually the bigger task than cooking itself. So I start to fiddle with the available veggies in my refrigerator and get my hands on lady fingers aka okra aka bhindi and decided spot on to make Bhindi Tamatari.
Hubby dear loves these cooked with tomatoes in it. So today I decided to share my recipe of bhindi with tomatoes. It's a real quick and easy recipe. Let’s get you over the ingredients so we can get started:
Lady finger, washed, wiped, slit in halves – ½ kg
Tomatoes, chopped – 1 cup
Ginger, julienned – about 1” piece
Onion, sliced – 1
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
Red pepper powder – ½ tsp or as per taste, less if you are making for kids
Turmeric – ¼ tsp
Salt – as per taste
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Fresh coriander – few sprigs
Once you have got your ingredients handy, have a shallow broad pan on medium-high heat with oil in it. Add cumin seeds once the oil is hot enough. As soon as cumin seeds start to splutter, add onion and sauté. Once the onion start to have some golden color, add half of your julienned ginger (make sure they don’t burn) and sauté again. We don’t want dark browned onion for this, so as soon as you feel onion is cooked nicely and have a golden brown color add in your lady fingers. Give them a gentle mix so that the oil is coated nicely on the whole lot. Now add in the spices: red pepper, turmeric, coriander powder, and salt and mix everything evenly and gently. Put the lid back on the pot and let it cook for about 5-7 min, but keep checking once or twice in between as we don’t want them to burn. Once they are 80% done, add the chopped tomatoes and mix them nicely, put the lid back, and let it cook for about 2-3 min more. Now check if the tomatoes and lady fingers are cooked by taking on a spoon and tasting it :p. Take them off heat and serve in a bowl, garnish with some freshly chopped coriander and the leftover juliennes of ginger. Your dish is ready to be served with some chapattis or parathas, you can also have it with rice along with some curry dish.
Do try this recipe of Bhindi Tamatari and let me know how it worked out for you. Also share your alternative recipes that you make with lady finger. In case you like my posts, do share them with your friends or loved ones.
Thank you so much for reading, happy cooking!