If there is one vegetable that I am not fond of, it is Lady’s finger. My all time favorite veggies are potato, elephant yam, beetroot, carrot ie all underground vegetables 😋. But Mr hubby hates potato and beetroot. So all these years, we have never bought beetroot and rarely use potato except for masala dosa or chapati bhaji. Husband’s food choices replace mine (Kahaani ghar ghar ki, I suppose! 😆)
Now guess which veggie is his favorite? Yes, Lady’s finger 🙄😅. So this lady makes way into our house more than quite often and he makes me eat it saying it is healthy 😬. So I have learnt to cook it in a way that I can atleast bear to eat it.
Benda Uli is commonly made at his place and the only dish he too likes with Bhindi. Though it is made little liquidy, I make it crisp so that it does not turn slimy (which I absolutely dislike). It turns out good and even my kids like it.
Hope you all try and like it as well. Happy and healthy cooking!
3 Cups chopped Lady’s finger / Bhindi/ Benda
2 Tbsp Coconut oil
1 medium sized Onion, finely sliced
1 medium sized Tomato, finely chopped
1 tsp Red chilli powder or to taste
Salt to taste
Step by step recipe:
1. This is how I prepare the Lady’s fingers for any curry. Wash them well under running water. Then allow it dry completely. Just keep it as such for little while and it will air dry. Chop off both ends of the Lady’s fingers and then cut into small pieces. Put in a bowl and keep aside.
Note: Ensuring that there is no water in the Lady’s fingers avoids the sliminess in the curry.
2. Now heat oil in a pan and add finely sliced onions. Fry till it turns translucent.
3. Now add tomatoes and fry till it turns soft.
3. Add the chopped Lady’s finger and fry it continually till it cooks. Don’t add water at all or else the curry turns slimy. It will take time but the texture of Lady’s finger will be very crispy and tasty.
5. Now add red chilli powder and salt. Mix well such that everything blends well. Cook for couple of minutes.
6. Remove from flame. Serve with rice meals.
* Towards the end of frying, I purposely allow it to get little burnt ( to a little brownish tinge and not to black ). It gives it a very good flavour to the curry.
* For Lady’s finger, the most important part is preparing the vegetable. Wash first and then allow it to dry off completely. This ensures that slimes don’t form while cooking the Lady’s finger.
* Usually Benda Uli is made little liquidy but I prefer this method of cooking it (water free) as it gives crispy and tasty curry.
* Red chilli powder is to taste.