Summer vacations are here. And I now have the time to do more experiments in my kitchen. I already have done many, but due to a little picture editing stuff, I haven't been able to post them as of yet. My first vacation experiment was with okra.
Okra or lady finger are very much in season these days. I like okra if it is cooked such that the gluey sticky stuff from okra is at the minimum. I found this recipe of okra cooked in yogurt really good and tasty.
500 g okra - cut and fried in 3-4 tbsp oil on high heat
1 inch ginger
1/2 tsp peppercorn
2 tbsp oil
2 dry red chilli
1 tsp cumin seeds
4 green chillies, split in length
2 tsp coriander powder
2 tbsp gram flour (besan)
2 cups yogurt
salt to taste
fresh coriander to garnish
Make a paste of ginger and peppercorn by grinding them together. Heat oil, add red chilli and cumin. Fry until aromatic. Don't let it burn. Add green chilli, turmeric powder, gram flour and stir. Add okra and salt and cook over medium high heat for 4 - 5 minutes. Add ginger paste.
Reduce flame and add yogurt. Cook for 12 - 15 minutes or until okra is cooked to your taste. Thicken or thin the gravy as per your requirement. Garnish with chopped coriander.
Okra in yogurt can be served on boiled rice or with chapatic/naan.