This is a stir fry recipe with tandoori masala.It’s a dish to be served when simple vegetarian meals needs adornment.
You could try the same recipe with potatoes opting out the paneer for another variant.
Okra/ladies finger/bhindi/vendakka …many translations to this wonderful brain vegetable.Some have an aversion to
this vegetable because it produces a slimy effect when cooked without any acid.
The positivity of this slime is,that it binds the cholesterol in the body during digestion preventing absorption into the
body and excretes out of the body.
To deslime okra you have to add acids like lime, tomatoes, tamarind.You could cut roundels of this vegetable,fry it till
brown and add to salads.
Apart from the title of ‘brain vegetable’ this vegetable has excellent source of vitamins and nutrients which supports
the immune system.Rich in protein,fibre and low on calories, good for lowering blood sugar and overall health.
Check my previous posts on ladies finger recipes.
Now to today’s recipe
200 gm ladies finger(top and tip only cut )
200 gm paneer (cottage cheese)
1 tbsp oil/ghee/butter
For the masala
1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder /chilli powder
1 tsp cumin seed powder
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp amchur powder(dry mango powder )
2 tbsp curd
juice of 1 lemon
salt to taste
1 tbsp mustard oil /any oil
Slit the vegetable in the centre vertically on two sides, taking care not to cut through completely.
Make a paste with the masala ingredients, and apply on the vegetable.Set aside for a few minutes
Heat a non stick pan or a thick bottomed pan, add oil and the marinated vegetable and allow to fry on medium heat .
Add the cut paneer and toss for a few minutes till the masalas are well blended.
Garnish with coriander/methi (dried/fresh fenugreek )leaves and serve.