Showing posts with label Lady finger. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lady finger. Show all posts

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Quick Lady Finger Gojju

Quick Lady finger gojju is a finger licking dish. I have tried this gojju with adding puliyogre gojju instead of using tamarind pulp.


The puliyogre gojju adds to Lady finger gojju and goes well with chapatis, rotis, poori, idli and dosa.
Lady fingers should be tender and it cooks faster when you fry with little oil, or it gets hard and it will not taste good when you use it for gojju.



Lets see some benefits of Lady finger in our diet.

Lady finger is good for eye sight and healthy skin. It is filled with Vitamin B9 and Vitamin C. It helps to improve our immunity system. Lady finger helps to reduce the weight. It is good for diabetes. 
It is filled with fiber and good for controlling the cholesterol.
It is an easy recipe and yummy taste to have it with many main dishes.

NO ONION OR NO GARLIC RECIPE.

Ingredients :

Lady finger :10 to 15.
Rasam Powder : 2 Tbs
Puliyogre Gojju : 1 Tbs
Jaggery : 2 to 3 Tbs
Salt : As required

For Seasoning :

Cooking Oil : 2 Tbs
Methi Seeds : 3 to 4
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8
Ingh/Asafoetida : A little
Green chilly : 1

Method :

1. Wash and wipe out the moisture completely and cut into small pieces.

2. Keep a big pan on the fire and add oil. Heat it.
3. Add methi seeds, mustard seeds and ingh. Let mustard seeds splutter.
4. Add curry leaves and cut lady finger pieces. Fry till they turn soft.


5. Add salt and puliyogre gojju, little turmeric powder and jaggery.
Mix it well. Let it Cook for a while.


6. Add little water and let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
7. Add rasam powder and and mix it nicely.


8. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Shift it to a serving bowl.


9. Add coriander leaves and serve with main dish of your choice.

Note :

You must wipe out the moisture in Lady finger completely or the gojju might turn sticky.
You can add tamarind pulp, jaggery, sesame powder instead of using puliyogre mix.
Adding more jaggery is optional. Fry lady finger nicely so that it does not get sticky.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serve : 2 to 3.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Lady's Finger - Passion Fruit Curry

Lady's finger/bendekai/bendi/Okra is liked by many and disliked by many too. It has its own flavour and when cooked it leaves out the stick starch and people will dislike for this lady's finger's sticky content.


Lady's finger is very good vegetable and it is said that it helps in keeping your memory intact. It has very good fiber source and good for all age group. It has so much medicinal value and it helps to keep the diabetes away and control the blood sugar level in people who are already suffering from diabetes. It also helps people who suffer from constipation since it is rich in fiber.
Lady's finger brings me very good memory of Our Nigeria Life.
We lived in Nigeria during 1981 to 86. (My hubby spent almost 15 years in Africa). The state named Gangola. The capital city of Gangola is Yola. My hubby was a physics Lecturer there in one of the college. We had a nice two bedroom house in the College Compound. Most of the houses had boys quarters where the students family live and do house chores of the house they belonged to. The boys quarter which belong to teachers, was very close. I used to watch them cooking from our house. They normally cooked outside keeping three stones and put fire wood.
The food was normally cooked in the evening. They used to to cut Okra /Small size lady's finger,
put it to boiling water. Then pour semolina and mix it well. And also they used to add meat or fish straight into it. After some time the food is cooked and they do eat with their whole family. The food was so sticky we could see them pulling the food with their fingers.
That was indeed some good memory.
We Indians definitely won't like that sticky curry right? To remove the sticky content you need to fry bendi/lady's finger nicely, or cook them in tamarind pulp or microwave them with tomatoes. These steps really help to reduce or remove the stick content in the curry.
Coming back to my Lady's finger - Passion fruit curry it is simple and if you don't get passion fruit not to worry. Add some lemon instead of passion fruit. It taste almost the same.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

Lady's Finger /Bendekai/ Bendi : 10 to 12 or more
Carrots : 2 (medium sized).
Curry Powder : 2 Tablespoons
Tomatoes : 2 to 3
Jaggery : 1 Teaspoon
Passion fruit : 1
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Seasoning :
Cooking Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Ingh : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6

Method ;

1. Wash and wipe out the moisture completely from Lady's finger. Cut and keep it aside.


2. Wash carrots, scrape out the outer layer slightly and cut them into long pieces.
3. Wash and cut tomatoes and keep it aside. Cut passion fruit and sieve the juice from it. Keep it aside.

4. Keep a pan on the fire and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Put 2 to 3 seeds of methi seeds.
5. Add Lady's finger and fry till they turn soft.


6. Keep a pan on the fire and add little oil. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter, add ingh and curry leaves.
7. Add cut tomatoes and fry for a minute. Add carrots and stir. Add a glass of water and let carrots cook for 5 minutes.


8. Check that carrots are soft. Add fried lady's finger and stir slowly. Add salt
9. Add passion fruit juice to the curry and mix it slowly.
10. Add very little jaggery. (Optional) . Add sambar powder.


12. Let the curry boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Shift to the serving dish and serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

If do not get passion fruit add lemon extract. / One lemon extract will serve the purpose.
Adding any brand of sambar powder is optional. I have added home prepared sambar powder.
Adding more tomatoes or carrots is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Quick - Ondelaga - Lady Finger Sasive

Ondelaga - Lady finger or Lady's finger sasive /mustard curry is delicious to eat with plain rice. Sasive mean Mustard seeds ( In Kannada Language ). Mustard seeds are used in the curry so that it is known as Sasive.

Minimum ingredients are used in this curry. It is easy, simple, quick and healthy. We have a practice of eating or serving these types of
I had brought some home grown bendekai/Lady finger from my sister's house. They were very few and thought of preparing simple sasive.
This is called as Ooru bendekai, normally grown in Udupi and South Canara Region. Since it is grown in housed like kitchen garden it got its name as ooru bende./ Lady Finger.


Ondelaga leaves are known as Gotu Kola / centella Asiatic pennywort.
I have used Ondealga Gotu Kola leaves, fresh coconut, mustard seeds and green chilly to grind and fried lady finger and added to sasive. you can try this and enjoy this healthy Sasive. Sasive means mustard seeds and here we use mustard seeds to prepare this curd curry and the curry get the name as Sasive.
Ondelaga leaves should be used as raw and cooking the leaves will lose its medicinal values. Ondelaga leaves are good to control cholesterol level in our body. They also helps to control blood sugar level and blood pressure level. They are filled with nutritious value. They help in good digestion, immunity and they do contain loads of anti oxidant properties.


It is very nice to note we do have lots of Ondelaga leaves in our house. We grow them in pots. They can be used for chutneys while grinding, fresh lime juice or even in butter milk.
Ondealga - Lady Finger Sasive can be eaten with plain rice, chapatis, rotis etc it is curd based curry and goes well with almost all main dishes.
Quick Ondelaga - Lady Finger Sasive is - No Onion or No garlic dish 

Things Needed :

To Fry :
Lady Finger : 8 to 10 ( Small size )

To grind :
Coconut : 2 Tablespoons
Ondelaga Leaves : 1 Handful
Green chilly : 2
Mustard seeds : 1 tsp

For Seasoning :
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Jeera /Cumin seeds : 1/4 teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Ingh/Asfoetida : A pinch for grinding and seasoning.

To Add :
Salt : As required
Curd /yogurt : 1 Cup
Coriander leaves : 1 Tablespoon

Method :

1. Wash and dry all water from bendikai/Lady's Finger. Cut Bendekai/Lady's finger into very small.
2. Wash curry leaves,coriander leaves and Ondelaga /Gotu Kola leaves and keep it aside. Cut coriander leaves into small pieces.
3. Grate coconut and grind it with, Ondelaga /Gotu Kola leaves, green chilly and 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds. Add required salt and  a pinch of ingh and churn for 1 minute.
4. Remove it from the mixi jar. Keep it aside.
5. Keep a small pan and put 1 tbs of oil. Add  1/2 tsp of mustard seeds, jeera/cumin seeds and a pinch of ingh/Asafoetida.
6. Let mustard seeds splutter. Add curry leaves, ingh /asafoetida  and add bendekai.
7. Fry the pieces till they turn crisp and turn golden brown.
8. Add this fried bendi/lady's finger to already grind sasive mix. Add curd and mix it well.


9. Shift the ready Ondelaga /Gotu Kola to a serving dish add cut coriander leaves  and serve as one of the side dish.

Note :

Use little mustard seeds ( 1/2 tsp for 1 cup of coconut approximately), so that mustard aroma is well mixed with coconut. Adding more chily is optional. Do not use very old curd. It might spoil the whole aroma of Sasive.
Time : 15 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3.

Hybreed Ondelaga leaves 




Home grown Ondelaga : Gotu Kola Leaves.




Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Udupi Style Lady's Finger Curry /ಬೆಂಡೆಕಾಯಿ ಹುಳಿ

Lady finger/Bendekai /bendi is one of the wonderful vegetable that most of us like to eat. It has got loads of nutrients and medicinal values. This Lady Finger Curry is one of the traditional dish that prepared regularly in Udupi homes. These Bendekai/Lady's finger is brought all the way from Udupi.


Recently I had been to Udupi/Udyavara for my aunt's one year rituals. The time one year has already passed but she is in our heart  and will remain as such sweet memory.
Udupi  car street was full of life because of Shri Krishna Janmastami/Gokulastami festival and the whole Udupi is lightened up. People were busy buying the things they want for the next day festival. Loads and loads of vegetables and fruits, flowers all over around car street. We had been for lunch in Bhojana Shale as Saturday lunch is so auspicious. God bless one and all. While coming back to Udyava/sister's house, we got this Ooru Bendekai/Lady's finger grown around Udupi and Mangalore.
I have used Bendekai, tamarind, jaggery and some simple spices.
This is one of the traditional dish from Udupi.
No Onion OR Garlic is used in this Lady's Finger Curry.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Lady's Finger /Bendekai : 5 to 6
Tamarind pulp : 2 Tablespoons
Jaggery : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Turmeric powder : A pinch
Green chilly : 1
To Grind :
Coriander seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Jeera/ Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Red byadagi chilly : 4 to 5
To Season :
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh : A pinch
Curry Leaves : 6 to 8



Method : 

1. Soak marble size of tamarind in warm water and squeeze out the pulp. Keep the pulp aside.
2. Wash and clean the bendekai/Lady's finger and just wipe out the moisture from each lady's finger.
3. Cut lady's finger into small pieces ( an inch ) and keep it aside.

4. Put tamarind pulp in a pan and keep it on the fire.
5. Add salt, turmeric powder and a small piece of jaggery. Let it boil nicely.


6. Keep another pan on the fire, add mustard seeds and let mustard seeds splutter.
7. Add curry leaves and fry for 2 to 3 seconds.
8. Add lady's finger now and fry on low flame for 4 to 5 minutes on medium and low flame.

9. Now add this fried lady's finger pieces to tamarind water. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
10. Let Lady's finger turn slightly fried.

11. Grate coconut and grind it with raw coriander seeds, cumin seeds and red byadagi chilly.
12. Add required water and grind till paste. Remove the coconut mixture from the mixi jar.

13. Now add ground coconut mixture to cooked lady's finger and mix it well. Add slit green chilly.


 14. Add required water and mix it well. Let it boil on medium flame. Add salt if required.
Stir in between so that it does not get burnt at bottom.


  15. Shift Lady's finger curry to a serving dish and add cut coriander leaves.
16. Serve with the main dish you have prepared.

 Note : 

Do not cut lady's finger when they have moisture on them. Wash it nicely and then clean it with a clean dry towel.
Fry lady's finger pieces nicely in little oil and then add / prepare curry of your choice.
Boil tamarind water with salt and turmeric and then add lady's finger pieces and then cook, so that you will not get sticky substance or your curry will not turn as sticky content.
Adding handful of cooked toor dal helps the curry to bind with coconut mixture or use little more coconut to get the thick curry. I have used a handful of cooked dal to this curry.
Adding more /less chilly is optional.
Adding jaggery to the curry is optional. It helps to avoid gas formation in the curry.
Do not roast or fry the spices. This is raw spice curry and easy to prepare.
Time.: 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Capsicum + Bendi Fry

" Capsicum - Bendi Fry " is one of the spicy side dish which goes well with almost all the main dishes. Capsicum and Bendi/Lady finger mixes well and the dry curry taste super.

It is always better to try some thing healthy and not effecting the health. Though the spices are good to our health it should be minimum. It is always too much is too bad. (The proverb).
I have used capsicum, lady finger, some fresh home prepared spice and little coconut.
Let us see some benefits of using " Coconut Oil " in our diet.
Coconut oil is good for improving digestion and strong immunity. It is good for skin and hair care. Coconut oil helps to fight against infections. It reduce the protein loss and nourish our body. Prevents high cholesterol and blood pressure. Strengthen immune system in our body. Controls blood sugar levels and improves insulin production. Improves bone and dental health. Prevents wrinkles, sagging and dryness of the skin. It helps to increase metabolism and helps in weight loss.
Let us see the recipe now:

No Onion or No Garlic Recipe.


Things Needed :

Capsicum : 2
Lady Finger : 250 Grams
Spice powder :
Urid Dal : 1 Teaspoon
Channa Dal : 1 Tablespoon
Red chilly : 4 to 5
Coriander Seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Cinnamon : Very small piece. (Just to add the aroma)
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
Seasoning : 
Coconut oil : 2 Tablespoons
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera/Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh/Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry leaves : 6 to 8
To Add :
Fresh coconut : 2 Tablespoons
Fresh coconut oil : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Turmeric powder : A little
Spice Powder : 2 Tablespoons
Lemon : 1/2 Lemon extract.

Method :

1. Wash and let all the water dry up in lady finger. Cut them into small pieces.(Thin circle shape).
2. Wash and remove the seed part from capsicum and cut into small pieces.


3. Dry roast/fry channa dal, urid dal, coriander seeds, red chilly, cinnamon piece and jeeera.
4. Add curry leaves and ingh to roasted ingredients. Let it cool. Dry grind it. Keep it aside.
5. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put a tablespoon of oil, mustard seeds and jeera.
6. Let it splutter. Add curry leaves and ingh/asafoetida. ( A little).
7. Add cut lady finger/bendi and fry till they turn slightly soft.

8. Add capsicum and fry along with ladyfinger. (On low flame). Let it turn soft.
9. Add Salt and dry ground spice and mix it slowly. Let it cook on low flame for 2 minutes. Stir.

10.  Add lemon and stir once.Shift the ready " Capsicum - Bendi Fry " to the serving dish.

11. Add coconut and cut coriander leaves. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil.
12, Serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

Use of coconut oil is optional. (You can use any cooking oil of your wish). Lady finger should be dry and all moisture should be removed before cutting or it might turn sticky while frying. Adding fresh spice powder is optional. You can prepare the powder previously and make use of it whenever you want. Adding fresh coconut is also optional. Fry the vegetables on low flame. Adding onions and garlic is optional. Taste differ.
Time : 15 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 3.

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