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Friday, February 3, 2012

Crispy Okra With Yogurt / Bhindi Raita





For all of the Foodies, ( Particularly from South Asia) , Raita is no stranger to us. It is a curd based accompaniment of Biriyani or Pulao or even with roti . There are many flavors of Raita namely, jeera ( cumin) , cucumber , potato etc. However the dish which I am about to present today is called as Bhindi ( Okra ) raita. The veggie which forms the central part is Fried Okra.



 Not to mention that I love okra in any form even boiled ! Yes we Bengalis have it as a Bhindi Bhate. In which 4-5 bhindis /okra is boiled in the same water in which the rice is cooked. Thereby drives the name Even in this you can find different variations like Alu Bhate, Kumro Bhate. Will tell you the details in another post.  Will wait for your feedback.


Ingredients:
1 cup plain Yogurt
250 gms fresh young Okra (bhindi)
Vegetable oil for frying Okra
Salt to taste


For Seasoning:
2 tsp Chana dal
1 Whole red chilly
1/2 tsp Kashmiri red chilly
1/2 tsp Red chilly powder
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Ginger, finely chopped
Pinch of asafoetida (hing)
Few curry leaves
Few Coriander leaves, finely chopped
Salt to taste


Method:
Wash okra and pat dry with paper towel. Cut off the crown and snip of the tail a little bit, slice into 1/2 inch rounds. Heat oil in a large pan and fry okra with little salt and turmeric over medium flame till light brown and crisp. Remove and cool completely.






In a bowl beat yogurt, chilly powder and salt together. Just prior to serving, mix crispy okras with the yogurt and prepare the seasoning. Heat 3 tsp oil in a tadka pan, add chana dal and fry for few seconds, when it starts to turn light golden add whole red chilly and mustard seeds. When the seeds starts to splutter add ginger , kashmiri red powder, hing and curry leaves. Fry for few seconds and pour over yogurt. Serve this immediately with flavoured rice dishes.



46 comments:

  1. What a presentation dear!!!!!!!xcellent
    Awesome recipe

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  2. Uuuuu maaaa...... Never ever heard, thought of such a combination..... Oolaaaalaaaa ..... Superb ... Amrita

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  3. Wonderful way of making raitha with okra. Love ur version and tempting too

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  4. Delicious and super tempting raita,irresistible clicks.

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  5. Deer Deepa
    Awesome photographs! I like the southern seasoning you have used. Must try it before I leave..there will be no vendi for months ...
    Bhalo theko
    Kaku
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  6. superb way to present a raita!!! definitely helathy and tasty deepa :)

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  7. this is just looking absolutely tempting...bookmarking ..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  8. wonderful and very inviting curry !!

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  9. What a delicious plate of Okra! Have not tried this before, looks so tasty and beautiful!

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  10. They look yummy

    Aarthi
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  11. looks yummiiee..i made it without chilli powders..

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  12. I know how will it be!.Yum Yum .Thanks for the Easy-good Raita.Luv it

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  13. Delicious n yummy raita,looks so inviting n nice presentation too....

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  14. Wow!! This looks soo lovely and yummy... Perfect fried bindis in thick curd with seasonings!! Would love this with Biryani!! :)

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  15. Its beautiful. I am going to try this soon. Maybe weekend e i.

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  16. Love this,tempting and colorful..

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  17. I make it too, but never knew it can look so beautiful until I saw the way you presented.

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  18. wow, love this superb idea and your bowl looks so tempting :)

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  19. We make similar kind of fried okra with yogurt but it has coconut. This looks delicious.

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  20. Well done and excellent presentation!

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  21. i have heard about okra raita but never tasted it this sure looks awesome

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  23. Very interesting raita. Like it.

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  24. wow....my fav. veg is in....however anything with okra i luv it....superb dear

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  25. This is way beyond imagination!
    I could never dream of mixing Okra with yogurt...must be a deadly yummy combo!! :)

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  26. Wow what pictures! Mind blowing! love this one.

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  27. wow... amazing combination of okra and dahi... delicious and colourful...

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  28. One of my favorite raitas...Love the crisp fried bhindi

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  29. I love to have this ! Looks great

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  30. no one made an okra look that gorgeous....gr8 click...have tried this and loved it

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  31. I've never seen okra cooked like this! Fantastic! Lin xx

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  32. Superb! Darun...I m going to cook this bhindi raita for dinner tonite....

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  33. This is mouthwatering... have to try this soon..

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  34. raita looks absolutely delicious..amazing clicks..u have such a wonderful space..following u! :)

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  35. This yogurt bhindi raita looks awesome.

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  36. Nicely presented,Pree. Mouth watering again.

    Sujana

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  37. LOL to Bhindi Bhaate :D I used to a trouble eater at a certain stage in my childhood and I still remember someone suggesting my ma to give me dhyarosh bhaate so I swallow faster.. I love bhindi bhaate, but her idea of feeding me easy was yuck:(

    this is such a beautiful dish. I have to make this soon.

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  38. Never made raita with okra...looks yum....

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  39. I think Okra tastes best when it is crisp.

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  40. drooling here, it so mouthwatering, u know bhindi with yogurt is my fave combo, will sure try this one, cant resist to make this at once :D

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  41. yummy raitha! its been a long time i made this..thanks for reminding! :)

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  42. Deepa, this looks fantastic. I've never heard or seen Okra in raita before. I can't wait to try it!

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