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Friday, April 8, 2011

Bhindi Masala ~ Spicy Okra in Cashew - Almond Sauce



The bhindi masala or the spicy version of okra in cashew - almond sauce is here, as a continuation of my previous post. Okra happens to be one of the unanimously favored veggies at my home and the favorite version is the fried one - done until crispy and crunchy. However this time, I wanted to try another version that would go well with rotis / tortillas. When planning for the 'Design a Menu' event, I thought of adding new flavors subtly to all the dishes I am going to present and hence the addition of cashew - almonds here. The nut - milk mixture lends a rich, creamy flavor and base to the veggies. If the spices are used mildly, then kids enjoy it too.

Ingredients for 4 servings:
2 cups okra (I used 12 oz frozen, chopped okra)
2 onions, chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 Tbsp kasuri methi (optional)
1 Tbsp cashews + 2 Tbsp almonds (or substitute cashews)
1/4 cup milk (at room temperature)
Salt & Chili powder to taste
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 - 4 Tbsp oil
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/8 tsp turmeric powder

Method:
* Fry okra adding 2 Tbsp oil in a pan till done.
* Grind the cashews and almonds into a paste adding milk.
* Heat 1 - 2 Tbsp oil and add cumin seeds. When they turn brownish, add onions and turmeric powder. Fry till the onion turns translucent. Next add the tomatoes and cook until mushy. Then add the fried okra.
*  Now, add the cashew - almond paste, coriander powder, cumin powder, chili powder, salt, garam masala and crushed kasuri methi. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Also add water if necessary. Simmer for a few minutes and turn off the stove.
Serve with warm rotis.

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19 comments:

Smitha said...

that look very yummy Suma...rich and tempting gravy!
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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Hey, that looks superb and so tempting. I may give it a try soon :)

Kiran said...

Suma,

Bhindi masala looks very colorful and delicious.Never tried adding cashew-almond paste.Will try it soon.

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Reshmi said...

looks delicious.. adding cashew-almond paste made it even more richer..

Kairali sisters said...

Such a rich looking bhindi masala. looks awesome suma..

Cooks said...

Wow, who would have thought that okra can be jazzed up a notch like. Addition of cashews & almonds sounds delicious. Curry looks just perfect. Enjoy ur weekend Suma.

Shanavi said...

Pass the kadai here, would love to have some with roti's..

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks rich and delicious dear :)
nice click...

Raji said...

WOW..okras with cashews sound too good...beautiful click...have a great weekend.

Hari Chandana said...

Spicy and delicious masala.. looks simply awesome.. thanks for sharing.. love the presentation !!
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kaveri said...

Okra Curry looks too tempting...

Priya said...

Omg, wat a great looking bhindi masala, inviting!

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow loved the texture and it looks so inviting and delicious !!

kitchen queen said...

very delicious and creamy okra masala.

Usha said...

Okra masala looks rich, creamy and delicious! Fried okra is favorite even in my house.

Krithika said...

very interesting way to cook up the bhindi....very inviting!!

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PriyaVaasu said...

Okra in almond n cashew sauce!!! Mouth-watering!!!

Sobha Shyam said...

looks delicious :)
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Kalpana Sareesh said...

Pass it to me pls..