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Bhindi Recipe (Okra Masala)



A Unique Vegan Dish Okra curry is a very popular vegetable dish in most Pakistani households. Frozen Okra is commonly available in Pakistani markets.

Okra is one of my favourite vegetables and can be cooked by itself or mixed with meat of your choice. The Okra can be cooked in many ways. I like it to be cooked in a spicy curry masala.
The Okra is available in frozen form throughout the year in most Indian and middle-eastern vegetable stores. Okra is quite commonly consumed by Iranian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Malaysian people. The cooking style and flavour of dishes vary quite a bit across the border.

Here is my favourite Okra Masala Recipe:

1.Take 750g of frozen Okra. Leave it outside, let the water vegetable defrost, remove excess moisture with a tissue, or put it in the oven for 10 minutes. This will make sure the Okra retains its texture while cooking.
2. Heat oil in a wok and fry Okra till the vegetable starts losing its sticky fluid and you can see the round seeds sticking to the bottom of the pan.
3. Drain oil and let the Okra dry over a paper towel.
4. Put some oil in a Wok and add diced garlic, add thinly sliced onion after 30 seconds let it cook for 15 minutes till the onion starts becoming brown. Add ginger paste and tomatoes.
5. Add Chilli, Coriander Powder, cumin powder, salt, and turmeric powder.
5. When the paste starts becoming more uniform and tomatoes lose their hard texture, add the deep-fried Okra to the wok.
6. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 20 minutes over low heat. 



Handy Tips for preparing Okra curry:

1. Okra should ideally be eaten at lunchtime as it takes time to digest.
2. Excessive consumption of Okra can upset the stomach.
3. Accompany the Okra dish with oven-baked bread and mint sauce.
4. Okra Masala can be added to cooked goat meat to make Okra Goat Meat Curry, which is very popular in India and Pakistan.

Some Useful Information about Okra dishes I like

1. In Malaysian Nasi Kandar as well as in Nyonya dishes Okra is deep-fried and served as a side dish served with a tangy sauce. 
2. A baby Okra is ideal for making Okra Masala
3. Avoid using very large size Okra in cooking Masala dishes