Bhindi Do Pyaza ( Okra tossed with caramelised onions)


Today recipe is Bhindi Do Pyaza (Okra tossed with caramelised onions). A few days back, I went to India grocery store to buy few things for my kitchen, over there I found very fresh okra or bindi in the vegetable section. I bought them as it is my one of the favourite vegetable. Living out of India, I always miss that fresh okra which we get in India. In India, we get these at the local vegetable market. In many countries, okra is known as Ladysfinger also.The raw okras are mainly composed of water with very little of protein and carbohydrate. Thus making it an ideal vegetable for those who are on diet.




There are many ways of making Bhindi Do Pyaza. But today the recipe which I am sharing is my version of making it. This recipe I have learned from my mother so, you can say that this recipe is from my mother's kitchen. In this recipe amount of onions are more and in two forms. The spices are kept simple and minimal so that you can get the actual taste of okra/ lady's finger. The two forms of onions are one finely chopped and another thinly sliced onions. This is one of my cheat recipe which can be cooked without preplanning.




 The detailed recipe is mentioned below:-

Preparation Time:-10 minutes  Cooking Time:-30 minutes  Total Time:-40-45 minutes

Number of Servings:-2-3 persons

Measurements:-
1 cup = 250 ml
¾ cup = 200 ml
½ cup = 125 ml 
1/3 cup = 80 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml
1 teaspoon = 5 ml
½ teaspoon = 2.5 ml
¼ teaspoon = 1.25 ml

Ingredients:-
* Bhindi/Okra/Ladyfinger:- 500 grams
* Onions:- 1 medium finely chopped + 2 medium thinly sliced
* Tomato Puree:- 1/2 cup (store bought)
* Jeera/ Whole Cumin:- 1/2 teaspoon
* Turmeric Powder:- 1/4 teaspoon
* Red chilli powder:- 1/2 teaspoon (According to the taste. If you like more you can add more.)
* Meat Masala/ Garam Masala/ Curry Masala:- 1 teaspoon ( I used meat masala)
* Salt:- to taste
* Sugar:- 1/2 teaspoon
* Lime Juice:- 1 teaspoon
* Vegetable Oil:- 3-4 tablespoon 
* Water:- 1/4 cup

Method:- 
1.  Wash and dry the okras. If the okras are big cut it into half and if small, slit them from the middle. Heat some oil in a heavy bottom pan. Once heated, add whole cumin, when it starts crackling, add the finely chopped onions to it. Cook till the onions a golden brown. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1-2 minutes over a medium heat. 





2. After 2 minutes add all the dry spices i.e. turmeric powder, red chilli powder, meat masala and taste to taste. Sauté for 2 - 3 minutes. Add water of to avoid burning from the bottom. Now add the okras. Give it a toss and cook them over high heat for 2-3 minutes. 





3. Now add 1/4 cup of water, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes till half done over a medium heat. Stir in between to avoid burning. 



4. After 7 minutes add lime juice and the sliced onions to it. Toss, cover and again cook for another 7-8 minutes till the onions are soft and okras are done completely.  Add sugar and check for seasoning. adjust according. (Go less on salt as you can always adjust it at the end.)  





5. Give it a standing time of 5 minutes. And your easy yet yummy bhindi do pyaza is ready to be served.




Note:-
People living outside India, and not aware of Meat masala/ Curry Masala and all the Indian spices you will mostly get all of them in the Indian stores near your place. 




Serving Tip:- Serve hot with Indian bread like naan, paratha, tandoori roti, or with Dal-chawal ( steamed rice and lentils). You can serve it as a starter also.



Nutritional Facts for Reference:-


Do try my recipe and leave for comments below. Till then Happy Cooking.!


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