Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Okra Pulusu

I am not sure if I can call this pulusu or not but here it is. It's a little liquidy:). I don't measure when I cook. I just eyeball everything. I will provide approximate measurements and ingredients and the procedure and good luck to you for the preparation;)


Fresh Okra(bhindi or bendakaya) - 1/2 lb cut into 1inch pieces
Red onion - 1 large chopped fine
Tomato - 1 large chopped fine
Green chillies - 2 slit length wise
Yogurt - 1.5 cups
Garlic - 4 cloves minced
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp.
Red Chilli Powder - 2tsps ( Adjust this according to your taste)
Garam Masala - 1 tsp.
Salt - to taste
Oil - as needed

Popu (Tadka) Stuff:
Mustard Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Fenugreek Seeds
Curry Leaves


Mix yogurt, turmeric, red chilli powder, garam masala and little bit of salt with 1/4 cup of cold water. Make sure this comes out as a smooth mixture. Add cut,cleaned and washed Okra to this mixture and mix well. Let okra marinate in the yogurt mixture for a minimum of 1 hour.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the popu (tadka) ingredients. Add green chillies, onions and garlic to this. Add little bit of salt just enough for the onions and saute till onions turn light brown. Add tomatoes and saute for 3 minutes or till tomatoes wilt. Add the okra along with the yogurt. To this add 2 cups of water . Stir it once and let it cook for 15 minutes on low flame covered with a lid.

Stir and add cup of water and let it sit for another 10 minutes. Take the lid off and cook for 3 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice or rotis.

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