Ladies finger gravy

                                                                       SOUTHINDIAN LADIES FINGER GRAVY

ladies finger recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • Ladies finger – 10 or 15 [ small and tender ]
  • Onion chopped – 1
  • Tomato chopped – 1
  • Freshly grated coconut – ¼ cup
  • Chilli pwdr – 1 tsp or as per taste [be careful as sambar pwdr also has chilli ]
  • Coriander pwdr – 2 tsp
  • Sambar pwdr – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric pwdr – ¼ tsp
  • Tamarind – marble size
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Sambar onions / shallots finely chopped – 2 tbsp [you can use regular onion also ]
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tsp

PREPARATION

  1. Chop the crown and bottom of the ladies finger . Chop it into small pieces . [1 inch ]. Stir fry the ladies finger in ½ tbsp oil on medium flame till the stickiness goes and it becomes light brown .[ don’t burn it] Remove and keep aside .
  2. Soak the tamarind in ½ cup hot water for 5 – 10 mins or microwave for 30 secs and extract the juice.
  3. In the same pan add little oil and fry the onion till translucent. Add the tomatoes and fry till soft . Add the coconut and fry for a minute. Add the chilli pwdr + turmeric pwdr + coriander pwdr + sambar pwdr and fry for few seconds. Off the flame and allow it to cool .Grind this mixture into a fine paste by adding the tamarind juice .

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METHOD

Heat oil in a pan .

Add mustard seeds and let it crackle .

Add fenugreek seeds .[it should not burn or it will give a bitter taste]

Add finely chopped onion + curry leaves and fry till golden brown.

Add the paste and stir fry for 1 min.

Add required water as per the consistency you want. [ 2 – 2 ½ cups ]

Allow it to boil on medium flame for 5 – 8 mins.

Finally add the fried ladies finger and simmer for a minute and off the flame.

Serve as side dish.

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NOTES

  1. The gravy has to be slightly thick and not very watery.
  2. Adding sambar pwdr gives nice flavour.
  3. You can also add a small piece of jaggery.
  4. The gravy will stay good for 2 days.
  5. For tempering you can use coconut oil.
  6. Also while tempering you can add chopped garlic together with the shallots.
  7. You can try the same recipe with fried brinjal or cooked drumstick .

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