This is a quick version of lady’s finger. Okra / Lady’s finger is steamed till just soft but not mushy. A few everyday spices are sprinkled on the steamed okra. It is finished with lemon juice and a dollop of ghee. This version of bhendi is served with hot steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: 10 Quick Bhendi.
Bhendi / Okra 10
Red Chili Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Dried Curry Leaves 6
Lemon Juice 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Ghee 1/2 tsp
Method of preparation:
Wash thoroughly and remove ends of the okra.
Rub the dried curry leaves between hands to powder it a little.
Lightly crush the cumin seeds and keep aside.
Place the okra in a steamer and steam till the okra turns soft.
Alternatively, pressure cook the okra for 1 whistle with 5 minutes of slow cook time.
Take all the steamed okra onto a plate, add red chili powder, dried curry leaves, crushed cumin seeds, salt, lemon juice and ghee.
Mix well and serve with plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure bhendi is not overcooked.
Suggestions: If bhendi is not steamed properly, then cook covered on low flame till soft.
Variations: You can also fry the bhendi in little oil before adding the other ingredients. Also swap curry leaves with any dried leaves.
Other Names: Steamed Bhindi, Quick Bhendi, Steamed Okra, Neyyi Bendakaya.