It’s summer season, and you will get plenty of okra/bhindi in your local vegetable market. Particularly in India, it is a very popular vegetable. People often prepare various delicious dishes with this vegetable. Bhindi masala (dry) is such a popular North Indian dish. Did you ever try this popular North Indian dish? It is often available at roadside Dhaba during this season in Northern Indian states.
As it is a lockdown period and people are staying at home, so most people do not have anything else to discuss except food & news on coronavirus. Many homeless people are struggling to get food. Poor people are looking at Government bodies & others for food & money. The situation forcing us to realize that we actually need a few basic things in our lives to live, others are created by people what are actually not so important.
It is time for showing respect to health workers, police persons, farmers and all those people who are providing us all essential goods & service.
Many people are feeling anxiety, tension, depression due to the situation. People have nothing to do except thinking about the future. Such a horrible situation people never expected. But still, all we are in the same situation.
Is everybody in the same situation? Is it actually true? I mean, it’s it actually true that people have nothing to do while they are staying at home? Nope because many people are trying to something at home. So people who love gardening and have a small garden at home then they are actually blessed.
Gardeners are spending more time in the garden and growing fruits, vegetables, flowers. But I think whoever is growing vegetable & fruits during this situation are very lucky because they will need to visit the local market for a lesser number of times. Agar aap andar to Corona bahar. Haha!!
I am also growing more vegetables during this period. I have brinjal plants, okra plants, chilli plants, bitter gourd plants, malabar spinach plants, cucumber plants, long beans plants, watermelon plants, lettuce plants, neem plants, culantro plant etc. Everything I am growing in pots/containers. I am also producing plenty of pudina/mint leaves for us.
This year, I have also a few okra/bhindi plants and those are producing enough okra for my family. Beautiful, fresh, pesticide-free homegrown vegetables give me happiness and opportunity to spend time with nature when I am staying at home.
Yesterday, I harvested homegrown okra/lady’s fingers, so today I cooked this wonderful super delicious bhindi masala (dry). I ate this with plain tawa roti and I enjoyed this meal.
Bhindi masala recipe
- 18 pieces of okra/bhindi/lady's fingers
- 1 large tomato, cut into small pieces
- 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
- 1.5 teaspoons ginger (adrak) paste
- 1.5 teaspoons red chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1.5 teaspoons coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- 1.5 tablespoons any vegetable oil
- Clean & wash okra/bhindi and cut into ½ to 1 inch size pieces and keep aside for further use
- Now heat oil in a cooking pot and add ginger paste and saute
- Then add finely chopped onion and cook till it turns into light brown
- Now add tomatoes and cook coo for another 3 minutes
- Now add all spices (red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder & turmeric powder), lemon juice and salt, mix all
- Now add ⅓ cup of water and boil it, stir continuously till masala almost dried up
- Then add all okra/bhindi pieces and cook over medium flame for 5-7 minutes, cover the cooking pot with a lid
- Stir after every 1 minute, switch off the fire when it is cooked
- Serve it with roti/paratha or plain rice