Monday, August 27, 2012

Bhendya bhaji /Ladyfinger Stir fry/ bhendi upkari



Sath Xiramche bhende [Abelmoschus esculenta ],is the popular lady finger variety grown in Goa.St Estevam is known also as 'Juvem' and in the past was known as "Shakecho Juvo" - the isle of vegetables – known  for its long, seven-ridged, light green ladyfingers. Therefore the people of Juvem came to be nicknamed ‘bhende.


Ingredients:
8-10 long lady fingers
2 Onions chopped
4 kokum rinds
5 Green Chillies slit length-wise
2tbsp mustard Oil
1/2 Cup grated Coconut
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala (Optional)
1/2 tsp cumin Seeds
2 Garlic flakes crushed(Optional)
Salt to taste

Method-Pictorial 

Wash lady fingers ,pat dry with clean cloth / kitchen towel and cut them into small pieces as shown in picture.
Chop Onion finely.
Slit chillies length wise

In a Skillet/ Kadai ,heat Oil.
Add Cumin Seeds,Garlic cloves and slit chillies fry for a bit .
Add chopped Onions
Fry till it turns pink and translucent ,add salt for taste.
Add chopped lady fingers,Stir fry for a bit .Surprisingly, the local lady fingers / bhende are not very sticky .
Cover and cook on a slow flame for 5 mins.
Remove lid  ,add kokum rinds and stir every now then to avoid sticking .
Add Garam masala and turmeric powder.
Stir well.
Cook till done.Check for seasoning.
lastly,add grated Coconut.
Stir well,put off the flame .Serve hot with Chapati or relish with rice and curry.


* We add kokum rinds/lemon juice/tamarind water to avoid stickiness while cooking lady finger.
* The recipe suits any lady fingers grown across the world.Just increase the quantity according to size.

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