Stuffed Okra (Bharleli bhindi)

Okra is one vegetable I hated as a child ,as it is slimy and sticks to the fingers. But then I tried this version of okra with spices stuffed inside and a little crisp texture from outiside and  I loved it. We make it at home all the time when fresh okra is available in market or in the garden. Okra is rich in dietary fiber and is a good source of vitamin C,K and potassium. In India students prefer to eat  okra before competitive  term exams  because it is said to be "good for the brain and memory" !! I am not sure about that ,but it certainly is healthy and delicious when blended with the right spices ..

Ingredients

  • Okra(Bhindi) --1 pound
  • Stuffing
  • Groundnut powder--2 tablespoons
  • Coriander powder--1 teaspoon
  • Jeera powder--1 teaspoon
  • Saunf powder--1/4 teaspoon
  • Amchur powder--1/2 teaspoon
  • Bharwan Masala (available in grocery stores) --1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil

Recipe

Mix the stuffing well in a bowl. Take the okra and wipe them clean with a moist paper towel. Cut both the ends and slit lengthwise. Fill the stuffing inside all the okra with a spoon .Cut them into small pieces as it saves time and effort. Take some oil in a pan and add the stuffed okra to it. Sprinkle some drops of water and cover it for around 8 to 10 minutes occasionally turning over the okra. Now remove the cover and fry the okra for tender crispiness for about 2-3 minutes. Serve with roti or rice.

Note-- You can make this in Oven with very little oil sparayed on it and baked at 300 degrees for 20-25 minutes depending on oven power turning occasionally , broil for about 5-6 minutes until crisp.

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