Quick spicy-fried bhindi


Quick spicy-fried bhindi – Serves 3-4

Preparation time: 12-15 minutes

Cooking time:  10 minutes

 Ingredients:

  1. 2 ½ lb bhindi – lady fingers
  2. 6 tablespoon oil
  3. ½ teaspoon black mustard seeds
  4. ½ teaspoon ginger paste
  5. ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  6. ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  7. 2 ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (or adjust per hot taste)
  8. Pinch of asaefotida
  9. 1 tablespoon coarsely ground peanuts
  10. 1 ½ teaspoon salt or adjust to taste

 Method:

  1. Wash and wipe dry the lady fingers. Make sure to dry them well to avoid stickiness while cooking.
  2. Slit the lady fingers lengthwise from one side making sure you do not tear it into two pieces.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a frying pan on medium heat
  4. Mix cumin, coriander and chili powder to the ginger paste with just a few drops of water
  5. Add black mustard seeds to the hot oil and let them splutter. Add asaefotida and ginger paste. Stir well and cook for less than a minute. Add ground peanuts and cook for a minute. Remove the spice mixture in the large serving bowl , add salt and keep aside.
  6. Add the rest of the oil to the pan and heat on high flame. Once hot enough lower the heat to medium and add the cut lady fingers in the pan few at a time. Deep fry each batch for 2-3 minutes stirring once in between to turn-over the vegetable pieces and cook on the other side.
  7. Remove on paper towel to soak excess oil and then add to the spice mixture. Stir well to coat the spice over the lady fingers.
  8. Serve hot with Rice and Raita or Roti/Parathas

Variations:

  1. Cut the lady fingers into half breadthwise after removing the top portion and deep-fry
  2. Add chopped onions before adding the ginger-spice mix in Step #5 with some more oil and cook until golden brown.
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