Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ajwaini Bhindi (Okra With Carom Seeds)

As a kid I used to hate okras, the mere sight of this slimy veggie was enough to make me loose my appetite, but my mom never lost her hopes of seeing her stubborn daughter finish her okra meal. She used all the tricks under her hat to convince me to eat it. Mom used to say that if I eat okras then my brain will become sharp and I will excel in my mathematics, but I used to dash her hopes by neither eating okras nor scoring centum in my maths. Slowly over the years I acquired taste for okras, and now I love it in any form. Finally my mom's dream have come true but still that mathematics issue remains.........

Carom seeds or Ajwain are known to have many medicinal qualities, the seeds have thymol in them which aids in digestion. Carom seeds also help to control asthama and is effective in treatment of cold and flu symptoms. 



Ingredients:

Okra- 1/2 Kg
Oil- 2 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds- 1/2 Tsp
Cumin Seeds- 1/2 Tsp
Carom Seeds- 1 Tsp
Potato- 1 Medium Sized Cut into pieces
Onion- 1 Large Sliced Finely
Turmeric Powder- 1/4 Tsp
Salt, Chilli Powder- To Taste
Coriander Powder- 2 Tsp
Dry Mango Powder- 1/2 Tsp

Procedure:

Wash the okras and completely dry them with a kitchen towel, if the okras are wet they will be very slimy. Now chop off and remove the crown of the okras and make slit from top to bottom vertically and horizontally, so that each okra is divided into four long stripes. If the stripes are too long then cut them in half.

Now take a deep frying pan and add oil in it, keep on gas. When the oil heats add in mustard, when the mustard starts crackling add in cumin and carom seeds. Now add in finely sliced onions and fry them, till they turn translucent. Add in potatoes and okras along with turmeric powder, mix everything well. Cover the pan with a lid and cook till the potatoes and okras are well done. Now add in salt, chilli powder, coriander powder and mango powder and gently mix everything together. Cook for another two to three minutes and then remove the pan from the gas. 

Serve hot with plain rotis, or parathas.



35 comments:

  1. Looks great. Never used ajwain in cooking okra. The potato cooked without any water?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Radha..yes the potato is cut in small pieces and it cooks in the steam itself.

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  2. looks so tempting..love the addition of carom seeds..awesome!
    Spicy-Aroma

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  3. Omam/ajwain must have added a nice kick to the curry!! looks yum!!!!

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  4. My mother too used the same trick :) yummy recipe :p

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  5. I haven't eaten okra since I left the southern USA where it was routinely dipped, rolled in corn meal and deep fried. :) This looks delicious!

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  6. This looks wonderful! I also had to learn to love okra, but now I do!

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  7. yum yum...okra is our family fav...this looks perfect...

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  8. One of fav and looks so fab ..nice pic

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  9. Never added ajwain in okra, can see the piping hot curry.

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  10. I love ajwain ..but never really tried with okra! The smoke is captured beautifully in the first photo :)

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  11. The flavor is wonderful,will surely try this.

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  12. You changed your blog theme. So neat and impressive.
    Bhindi is my family favourite ( who's isn't).

    This preparation looks so good.

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  13. such a simple and comforting subzi.. looks yummy

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  14. wow...lovely preparation with lots of flavor...sounds so yummy! sure will give it a try n let u know :)
    Spicy Treats

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  15. Nice flavor, never tried adding ajwain with okra, looks good..

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  16. I think this mathematics trick all Moms play on their kids and of course we play on our kids now. Ajwain and bhindi very interesting and yummy combo.

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  17. Looks so easy to prepare n tempting!!

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  18. Wonderful curry with tasty flavors !! great presentation !!

    Ongoing event CC:Mom’s Recipe

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  19. Love it .. specially the photo ... it makes it so tempting .. Good Job Raji

    Love

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  20. Nice recipe .love the use of ajwain in it..

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  21. very delicious curry...looks yummm

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  22. Quite an interesting and super flavourful bhindi curry,simply love the addition of ajwain and potatoes.

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  23. Simple and yummy dish with okra. nicely presented

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  24. I am a huge fan of okra...thank you for the recipe! I have been on the lookout for a while. :)

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  25. Different! I use kalonji with bhindi but never tried ajwain. Interesting. Thanks Raji!

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  26. This is so cool. It's really unique. I bet it just tastes amazing with that combination of spices.

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  27. All your recipes look amazing ! thanks for the lovely blog ;-) ... and your recipes are great inspiration !!!!
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  28. Love the addition of ajwain ..never tried it with bhindi.

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  29. I love Okra - this recipe looks fantastic! Bookmarked :)

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  30. I loveddd the recepie n I tried it too. My query is that after adding the potatoes n okra when I try to close it with a lid n cook my onions potatoes start burning. N it being okra I can't add water. Where am I going wrong??

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  31. I loveddd the recepie n I tried it too. My query is that after adding the potatoes n okra when I try to close it with a lid n cook my onions potatoes start burning. N it being okra I can't add water. Where am I going wrong??

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  32. Hi Dinaz...you can try cooking it in simmer heat and gently stir the veggies for few times in between. This will ensure uniform cooking without burning. I hope this helps, and you can even parboil the potatoes and add in the subzi, which will ensure that onions and okras get cooked at the same time as potatoes. Thanks for dropping by.

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