Masala Orka (Bhendi)


This is a recipe that is very simple and does not need your constant attention.

You Need:

  • 250 grams of Okra, Heads and tails snipped and cut into small rings.
  • 2 Tomatoes, roughly chopped.
  • 1 onion, cut into 8 pieces.
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric.
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder.
  • 3 teaspoons of coriander powder.
  • Indian Sesame Oil (Gingelly or til oil) about 3 tablespoons.

This entire recipe will be cooked using low heat.

Start warming the sesame oil. Add in the onions and tomatoes. Sprinkle some salt. Then mix and leave them alone for about ten mins. When they have softened, add the coriander powder. red chilly powder and turmeric. Add in the Okra. Mix well and let it cook till the okra has softened to the level you like. Ideally 10-12 minutes is enough.

Do not cover the dish. Do not use high heat. Just them cook on a relaxed pace. Once in a while stir out the masala that has stuck to the base of the pan.

Serve with either roti’s or rice.

Okra without Stickiness: Part 2


Couple of months back I had posted the recipe Okra without Stickiness. But it used whole okra and not many kids like it this way.

So this is technique is when you want to cook it after cutting into smaller pieces. Rub chilly powder, turmeric, salt and 2 tablespoons of sesame oil on 500 gms of Okra. Start cooking on high heat. Then spread them all out so that no piece is on top of another. When it almost cooked, stir it well and add 2 tablespoons of besan flour and garnish with grated coconut.

No Sticky or gooey mess. Just a lovely vegan dish.

Okra without Stickiness


Okra or ladies finger is a very healthy vegetable that has only one drawback. Its sticky when cooked and hence a lot of people tend to avoid it.

There are simple tips that you can follow, which will make them super tasty and have your kids asking for more.

  1. Wash them before you cut them.
  2. Do not remove the bottom part and only cut the top off.
  3. Initially cook them at high heat.
  4. They absorb salt really well so season them with pinch more than you plan on.
  5. Do not make small pieces instead buy small ones and cook them whole.
  6. Do not overcook.

Heat sesame oil. Add chopped green chilies and some turmeric powder. Add shallots and fry till they are golden. Season with salt and coriander powder.

Stir it well and then add the okra.Mix and cook on high to medium heat. Okra is safe to eat even when its raw. So after some 5 to 7 minutes, eat one. If it feels like its done. Its done.


Girdled Okra with Baked Chicken

To prepare the chicken, generously rub minced garlic, chilly flakes, any dried herbs and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Some cheese topping.
Cover the baking dish with foil.180 degrees for 40 mins.
Uncover and only top heat at 200 for 10-12 mins.

There will be oil collected at the base of the dish. Its your choice to either dry it up or use it as a sauce.

Cut the heads off the okra. Lay them on a HOT grill pan. Keep tossing around till they are done. Should take less than 7 mins.

Lay them in your lunch box, Place the chicken and pour the sauces around it.

A super healthy Low Carb lunch box.