Lady’s finger or okra or bhindi cooked in one teaspoon oil.
Very easy to make yet delicious. Just mix all the ingredients and cook with a tempering of methi or fenugreek seeds in one teaspoon oil. You can use cumin, mustard or any seeds for tempering.
You can also make it in microwave in a microwavable glass bowl.
Our this week’s 150 #Foodiemonday blogging theme is veggies with one teaspoon oil.
Now why to use only one teaspoon oil. If you like you can also make it without oil. Skip the tempering step and mix all the ingredients and cook on low flame till done.
If we look at the benefits of cooking without oil from a nutritional point of view, we will discover that we can do without it in our recipes. Most oils are high in sodium, fat and concentrated calories – three major things we do not need in our bodies. We can get all the wholesome nutrients we need, without the empty calories, from a natural, plant-based diet. A major advantage of cooking without oil is the amount of unnecessary added fats you will be eliminating from your meals. If you’re working on losing weight or maintaining a healthier heart, you do not need the fat from oils clogging up your arteries and slowing down your weight loss process. Cooking oils are packed with saturated fats which raise cholesterol levels in your blood.
And my humble contribution is this easy to make spicy delicious okra. A healthy and easily available vegetable. Which has numerous health benefits range from treating diabetes to preventing kidney disease.
The beginning of September signals that fall is on its way, along with leaves, and… okra? The exotic medicinal and culinary vegetable (available year-round), is best to get in early fall when crops in Southern states reach their peak. Typically, okra is used as a thickening agent in soups like gumbo because of its ooey-gooey texture, but it can double as a nutritional powerhouse filled with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that provide an array of health benefits from treating diabetes to preventing kidney disease.
A single cup of raw okra has a little over 30 calories, about 3 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of protein, 7.6 grams carbohydrates, 0.1 grams of fat, 21 milligrams of vitamin C, around 88 micrograms of folate, and 57 milligrams of magnesium. This makes okra a nutrition hero and a very available food when it comes to our health.
You can get one more okra/bhindi or lady’s finger recipe with mustard here
Okra or lady’s finger in Mustard sauce
Make it with or without oil it will be delicious in both ways.
You need only okra, onions, tomatoes, green chilli, cilantro and some spices to make it.
With these ingredients mix cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and turmeric powder and cook for 15 – 20 minutes and your okra is ready. You can use red chilli powder or any other spices of your choice.
Lady’s finger – 500 gram
Onion – 2 large, cubed
Tomato – 2 large, cubed
Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped
Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped
Methi or fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
Mustard oil – 1 teaspoon
Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
1. Wash the lady’s finger or okra or bhindi well. And chop lengthwise.
2. Cut the onions and tomato in cube and chop the green chillies.
3. Heat oil in a pan. Add fenugreek seeds and let the seeds splutter.
4. Add okra, onion, tomato, green chilli, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, salt and and all the spices. You can also add red chilli powder or black pepper powder if you want more spicy.
5. Mix well. Cook on low flame for 15 – 20 minutes or until okra becomes tender.
6. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with dal rice, roti, paratha or any bread of your choice.
1. You can use red chilli powder or black pepper powder if you want to make it spicy.
2. You can add any spices of your choice.
3. Add little tomato sauce if you like sweetness in your okra.
4. If you don’t like fenugreek or methi you can use cumin, mustard seeds or any other seeds of your choice.
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