Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy balance diet. Many people in the Indian subcontinent are vegetarians particularly many Hindus. This resulted into variety of recipes to prepare the vegetables across the region. Vegetables in India are usually over cooked with lots of spices. Bhindi (lady finger) is a common vegetable in most parts of South Asia. It is cooked in many ways, some like it with beef and mutton, some strict to the total vegetarian ingredients, it is fried, boiled, and prepared in many different ways. Today I am sharing with you a traditional Dum Bhindi recipe. It is a completely vegetarian recipe and quite easy to prepare.
- 1/2 kg fresh bhindi
- 1 cup yogurt
- 2 tomato
- 4 green chilies
- 1 small chopped onion
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp gram masala
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/3 tsp black pepper powder
- 1/3 tsp ginger paste
- 1/3 tsp garlic paste
- 1 tsp chopped fresh mint leaves
- Salt to taste
- 1 tbsp pure ghee (Desi Ghee)
- 1/2 cup cooking oil
- Heat oil in a pan. To add that cumin seeds and fry it for about a minute. Add ginger paste, and garlic paste and stir for another minute.
- Add chopped tomatoes, yogurt, salt, black pepper, red chili powder, chopped green chilies, turmeric powder, and cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Add chopped onions and stir for 2-3 mintues.
- Wash, wipe top and tail the bhindi. Cut it in 1 inches long pieces. Now add bhindi. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes.
- Top with the pure ghee (Desi Ghee) and gram masala and steam on low heat for 4 minutes.
- Cook till dry and garnish with fresh chopped mint leaves. Serve hot with chapati or rice and mint chutney.