Achari Bhindi

As a kid, I hardly liked any veggies in my meals… But bhindi was always in my list of favorites :) Mum never tried feed anything forcefully, but she always cooked so tasty that turned many of my dislikes into super-likes!!!  
I love the most When it comes to pick fresh bhindis from baskets at veggie market! Even back in India, whenever my mum asked me to bring veggies from market, I never missed getting bhindis :P Luckily, my hubby loves it too so I cook it often… everytime with a variation!!! 
‘Achari bhindi’ has been a superhit dish in my kitchen, quite on the same level of ‘Qorma Bamia’! Mixture of all tastes n flavors… Spicy, tangy, Crispy bhindi with amazing aroma of pickle masala n kasoori methi!!! Wanted to try this since long… Finally my hubby cancelled out my plan to make black chickpeas curry, I prepared this super-delicious ‘Achari Bhindi’ :)

INGREDIENTS:

250 gm Baby Okra (bhindi)
1 Chopped Onion
1 Chopped Tomato
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
1/2 tsp Red chilly powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1/2 tsp Amchur powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Crushed Kasoori Methi
1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Ajwain seeds
A pinch of Hing
2 tbsp Cooking Oil
Salt, to taste

STEPS TO FOLLOW:
– Wash, pat-dry and trim bhindi. Thaw it first if frozen. 
– Heat 4 tbsp oil in a deep vessel and shallow fry these bhindis. 
– Keep around 2 tbsp of oil in the same pan. 
– Add all 4 seeds into it and saute it till mustard seeds stops spluttering.
– Mix chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste into it and cook it till onions are translucent. Add chopped tomatoes then after and cook it for 1-2 mins till they are soft and tender.
– Add shallow-fried bhindi and all the remaining spices. Mix everything well and cook it for 4-5 mins.
– Turn the heat off and add lemon juice, chopped coriander leaves into it. 
– Serve hot with Phulka Roti!!!

SJ’s NOTE:
– Optionally, you can add a little masala of mango pickle too for more flavors! 
– Here are some more dishes of ‘Bhindi’, I posted previously:
Linking this dish to Arthi’s Curries n Gravies Event:

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