Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Lady Finger - Tomato Curry

Lady Finger/Bendekai/Okra is liked by many. It is loaded with healthy medicinal values. 

I have used tomatoes and lady finger and prepared this curry.
Lets see some benefits of eating Lady Finger in our diet. 
Lady finger is loaded with soluble and insoluble fiber. It helps in easy digestion of food and good for people who suffer from constipation. It is good for diabetes. It contain Vitamin K and it is good for strengthening bones in our body. It is said that it is good for sun stroke. It does contain good nutrients and good for obesity. Lady finger contain Vitamin C and good for healthy skin. It controls the levels of cholesterol and improves the immunity system in our body. Lady finger is loaded with antioxidants.
Lets see the recipe Now : No Onion or No garlic is used in this Lady Finger - Tomato Curry .

Things Needed :

To cook :
Lady Finger : 250 Grams
Tomatoes : 2
To Add : 
Masala Powder : 2 Tablespoons
Jaggery : 1 Tablespoon
Lemon : 1 Teaspoon
Sat : Required
Turmeric Powder : A pinch
Coriander leaves : 2 to 3 Tablespoons.
Green chilly : 1
To Season : 
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera/ Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Methi seeds : 3 to 4
Ingh/Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8

Method :

1. Wash and remove all the moisture from lady finger and cut into thin slices.
2. Wash and cut tomatoes (remove the seeds) and keep it aside.
3. Wash and cut coriander leaves, curry leaves and keep it aside. Slit green chilly.
4. Keep a pan and put oil. Put mustard seeds and let it splutter.
5. Add jeera/cumin seeds, methi seeds, curry leaves and ingh.
6. Add cut lady finger pieces and fry nicely till they turn soft.
7. Add tomatoes and jaggery and fry nicely till it is cooked. (On medium flame). Add cut green chilly.

8. Add salt, masala (spice powder) and mix it well. Let it cook on low flame for 2 minutes. Add lemon extract (1/2 Lemon) and put off the fire.

9. Shift the ready curry to a serving dish and add cut coriander leaves.

10. Serve as one of the side dish with rice, chapati, poori or roti.

Note :

No need to add any water. Fry lady finger pieces nicely in oil. So it does not become sticky. Adding any spice powder to curry is optional. (I have added home made spice powder). Adding onions and garlic is optional. Adding jaggery is optional.
Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 2 to 3 

Home Made Spice powder Recipe :

Dry roast :

4 to 5 Tablespoons of Coriander seeds
1 Teaspoon of Jeera /Cumin Seeds
1 Teaspoon of Channa dal (Kadale bele)
1 Teaspoon of Urid dal
8 to 10 Red byadagi chilly
Ingh /Asafoetida : a littel
Curry Leaves : One handful.
Dry roast each ingredients separately till they turn slightly brown. Dry grind once they turn cool.
Store in air tight bottle



My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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