Stuffed Okra

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Last week when I was shopping for my Indian groceries, I saw fresh okras that immediately took me down the memory lane. Stuffed Okra or Bhindi as we call it in India, is my absolute favorite Indian vegetable that I had almost forgotten about for a while. My mom used to make these often and they tasted simply divine with fresh rotis. Since the time I started cooking I have made many variations of okra,  though my go to recipe is the simple sauteed one with lots of garlic in it. But this time when I saw it I somehow only thought of the stuffed okra that I grew up eating. I couldn’t wait to bring them home and make the stuffed okra. As I was making it, I wondered if my boys would like it. Especially my older son, who really enjoys Indian food. When it was ready and served, he was curious to taste it but also skeptical about eating whole okras. It took me about 5 minutes to find out that he ended up eating pretty much all of it! So glad I made it after so many years. Now I will have to make it more often, as it is so simple to make, with only few basic ingredients!

I just realized that I have not done the nutritional benefits in a while now. So here it is from livestrong.com – Okra is a nutrient-rich vegetable that can help you meet your vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and magnesium needs. As an antioxidant, vitamin C protects your cells from free radical damage, which may reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. Folic acid is a B vitamin that is especially important for women of child-bearing age because it helps prevent birth defects. Potassium in foods like okra is used to build muscle and break down carbs into energy. You need magnesium for protein synthesis and to assist with the contraction and relaxation of your muscles.

Here is the step by step recipe:

Wash and dry the okra. It is very important to dry the okra completely and also use a dry cutting board and knife to avoid the slimy mess.

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Cut the top and bottom off.

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Make a vertical slit on each okra, taking care not to split them in half.

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Make the stuffing by mixing coarsely ground peanut, red chili pepper, turmeric, cumin and cilantro powder, chopped fresh cilantro(optional) and salt to taste.

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Fill the stuffing in the okra slit carefully making sure not to split them in half.

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Once all the okras are stuffed, add oil in a pan on medium heat. Save any leftover stuffing to the side.

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Line all the okras in the pan and cook on medium heat for about 10 mins stirring gently couple of times. Note: Cook okras uncovered to avoid them becoming slimy.

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If there is any leftover stuffing sprinkle it over the cooked okras and give it a gentle stir.

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Serve with hot rotis!

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Recipe:

Prep time: 10 mins  Cooking time:10 mins    Total time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

1 lb of okra, if I am allowed to pick I like to pick the smaller ones and I also make sure they are around the same size too.
1 tbsp red chili powder. Mine is made with Kashmiri chilies which is bright red but mild.
1 tbsp cumin and coriander powder
3 tbsp coarsely ground roasted peanuts
1/8 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp cooking oil
salt to taste
finely chopped cilantro (optional)

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry the okra. Cut the top and bottom off. Make a vertical slit on each okra, taking care not to split them in half.
  2. Make the stuffing by mixing coarsely ground peanuts, red chili powder, turmeric, cumin and coriander powder, chopped fresh cilantro(optional) and salt to taste. Fill the stuffing in the okra slit carefully making sure not to split them in half.
    Once all the okras are stuffed, add oil in a pan on medium heat. Save any leftover stuffing to the side.
  3. Line all the okras in the pan and cook on medium heat for about 10 mins stirring gently couple of times. Note: Cook okras uncovered and stir them gently to avoid them becoming slimy. If there is any leftover stuffing sprinkle it over the cooked okras and give it a gentle stir. Serve with hot Roti’s.

Enjoy!

 

8 thoughts on “Stuffed Okra

  1. Hi Archana,
    Tried this recipe, it is yummy, added a little amchur powder to the stuffing. I like the slight sour taste.

    Thanks for sharing

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