April 27, 2009
A-2 Farmer's Market and Bhindi Masala (Okra Fry)
This past weekend, when the weather was nice and it seemed like the entire city was out, I decided it was time to go back to the Farmer's Market. And of course, everyone had the same idea... it was great being back in that setting. I picked up large brown eggs, placed my order of chickens and hold your breath... picked up vegetables plants! From now on, I am going t0 wander there and restart my Farmer's Market series.
I have started a few at home and in the backyard - cilantro, chillis, mustard greens, spinach and carrots. From the Farmer's market, I picked up a variety of tomatoes:
cherry tomatoes hanging down, beefsteak tomatoes, purple cherokee and pink tomatoes, along with chard and cauliflower. This summer there won't be flowers hanging in the front yard, rather it'll be juicy cherry tomatoes, enough to make everyone drool.
After all the work of potting and planting the veggies, I was in the mood for something simple. So I made some khichudi, bhindi masala (okra fry) and cucumber and mint raita. After this great meal, I was ready to go out again in the afternoon.
Here is how I made the bhindi masala (okra fry).
1 lb okra - chopped
1 red onion - sliced thinly
1/2 tspoon mustard seeds
1/2 tspoon cumin seeds
1 dry red chilli
1/2 tspoon grated ginger
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
1/4 tspoon red chilli powder
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon lemon juice
1 tbspoon oil
Salt to taste
Heat the oil in a pan and temper it with mustard seeds, cumin seeds, red chilli. Then put in the onions and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add in the okra, and let it cook on medium high heat for 2-3 minutes. Then add in the spices and lower the heat to medium low and let it cook till it is almost done. Add 1/2 tspoon water if needed.
Here is a cool trick that I've learned. Add in the lemon juice and stir it around for a couple of minutes. It cuts some of the stickiness of okra and brings out the flavors.
Serve warm with rice, kichudi, or chapati.
Here are some of my other okra recipes:
Okra and Shallots Fry
Oriya Bhendi Masala