Bindi fry

Vendaikka(Bindi or okra) is one of my favourite vegetables. I always love it and it is one vegetable which I readily ate even while I used to be a fussy eater. Well, even after evolving from a fussy eater to a complete foodie, I haven't lost my charm for it. A simple vendaikka curry is sure to impress me anytime and I would say that comes as a saviour when you are short of ideas or time. On a sunny afternoon, I had ample time for ideas to emerge and hence decided to make something different from the normal south Indian preparation. So I gave it a thought, ended up making it in north Indian style and hence named it Bindi fry.(Title justified)
I was not sure how the famous bindi masala is done. I didn't even bother to google for it. I just added ingredients that struck my mind, to make it north Indian-ish and it served the purpose well.

Vendaikka - 500 g
Chopped or pureed tomatoes - 1
Amchur powder -2 tsp
Besan - 3 tsp
Turmeric powder - 2 tsp
Chilli powder - 2 tsp
Dhaniya powder - 2 tsp
Jeera - 3 tsp
Oil - 1 tablespoon
salt to taste

1. Chop the veg into slightly big pieces.
2. Heat the oil, season with jeera and add the veg.
3. When the veg gets cooked, add the dry powders. Fry till crispy and add the chopped tomatoes. Cook till the tomatoes become soft and blends with the rest. Serve with rice or roti.

Variation: Chop an onion and fry till golden brown before adding the veg.

Sending this to WYF - side dish event hosted by EC.


Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Dry fry, bhindi must make a great fry very delicious and healthy...

EC said...

Looks yum..thanks for participating

Sree vidya said...

Thanx Ramya!

Sree vidya said...

Thanx EC. My pleasure!

Pooja said...

Dry and spicy bindi! Looks delicious :) This is one of my favourite side dishes :)

Sree vidya said...

Thanx Pooja
I luv bindi

Kelly said...

love the bindi fry Vidya! Just recently returned from Bangalore and none of what I've been making has tasted quite the same here as in India--but this recipe is a hit! Left out the tomatoes and onion and lots of the chili (cuz that's how'd we'd been having it with 3 little kids) and the resulting spice mix was perfect. Thanks so much!