Okra aka Bendi( Ladys Finger ) is not that widely used, but back home Okra is the most popular veggie not just for its flavor but for its MATHS improving powers! Yes may be thats the big reason i used to score good marks at Maths. Thanks to my mom, though i was a big fan of Dondakaya fry/ Tindora fry, she made sure we eat more Bendi than Dondi( yep we used to call it like that ). Hope everyone from India knows this 'Okra sharpens your brain unlike Tindora' and many people believe and we kids used to have Okra curry, i think it might have given us confidence that our maths skills had really improved just before the exam day( I know its funny! )
Coming to the recipe, i had this curry from one of our Marwadi friends and fallen in love with it. Marwadis use Dhaniya powder a lot and their curries looks so simple yet delicious and satisfying. And when they say it sounds really simple with very few ingredients. This curry uses freshly home made yogurt, dhaniya( corinader ) powder, red chilli powder and mint. Thats it! Worried about the stickiness from Okra? Adding yogurt or lime would significantly reduce it. Click here for tips on cooking perfect okra!
1 cup lighlty whipped fresh homemade yogurt(perugu) or dannon yogurt
2 cups chopped Okra
2 tbsp dhaniya powder/ corinader powder
1/2 tbsp - 1 tbsp red chilli powder
3 - 4 stalks mint
2-3 stalks of cilantro( i didnt have it then )
4 tbsp oil
a pinch of turmeric
Heat oil in kadai or wok and add onion and okra
Add turmeric and fry till okra softens and cooked
Add dhaniya powder and chilli powder
Fry for 1 more min
Once okra is completely cooked, should melt right away when eaten
Add salt and whipped/whisked yogurt.
Cook for 2-3 min
Add chopped mint leaves and switch off the heat
P.S: Adjust salt and spice to taste
To relish the maximum flavor of the dish please do eat it when fresh and hot. Serve this Dahi Bendi( bendakaya perugu kura ) with hot hot rotis or rice. This time we had this curry with Aloo Parathas and it was Finger Licking Good. Dont take my word on this, try it for yourself to see how easy and delicious the curry is!
Tags:Bendakaya perugu kura, Bendhi Yougurt Curry, Bendi dahi curry, bendi masala, bhindi curry, Bhindi Yogurt curry