Monday, 13 September 2010

Spicy okra stir fry and a poll if you please!

Mondays are so blah, right? Its the start of another boring week and you are still in that chilled out weekend mode that you don't want to do anything...at least that's how I feel. Friday's however are the most active of days, and I always want to make something special or do an extra hour work out session at the gym. Today when I woke up I had major plans...I was supposed to go watch this Brit movie Tamara Drewe (cos Ro thought it was a chick flick), hit the gym, head to the library and then come home and make a pie for dinner, in that order precisely! Didn't do any of those, but sit on the couch, chat with friends online, check the movie time every half hour saying id go for the next show and was on skype with my folks. By the time I decided to head for the 4.10 movie at 4.05 (the movie hall is a hop, skip and jump away btw!), it started raining, well drizzling actually, but obviously that made the decision for me and I stayed at home. I was even lazy to make dinner and lucky for me there were leftovers and some okra which I thought I'd work on at about 6.

Strangely this stir fry ended up to be an awesome one, considering I didn't really pay much attention to the process. So before I forgot, I had to write this one too. 

Okra- 175 gms, washed and cut into 1 inch pieces
Besan flour- 2 tbsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida- a pinch
Cumin powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt- to taste

Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- a sprig
Oil- 1 1/2 tbsp
In a large bowl stir together all the powders, add the cut okra, toss it around making sure it is coated well. Keep aside.
In a frying pan heat the oil and splutter mustard seeds. Add the curry leaves, stir for a few seconds.
Dump the entire okra mix into the oil and keep stir frying on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or till the sliminess has disappeared.
Reduce heat to medium and continue sauteing at intervals till it is cooked through.
The 'crunchy goodies' as Ro calls it, is the best
Serve hot with rice or rotis, as a side.
Now coming to the poll...I was just wondering what it is that attracted you to my blog and have created a poll on the top of the side bar. I would really appreciate it if you guys took a moment and marked the appropriate box, or if that's too much of a pain for you, just leave a comment will ya?
Call it mid blogging crisis or whatever, I am actually in two minds about this space and wanted to figure a few things which you guys might help me figure and hence the poll..hope I'm not bugging you too much. Thanks in advance.

30 comments:

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

The picture itself says, it is spicy, love the mouth watering recipe. Participated in your poll :)

Satrupa said...

You are so true .... I too hate Mondays !
Okra are my all time fav .... this recipe is worth a try.

Have a gr8 week ahead.

Cheers n Happy Cooking,
Satrupa

http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

Silence Sings said...

Dear loved the dish...coming to the poll..I voted for the food photography though I also wanted to vote for the first one....but if you ask me I love your food phography ....

I am also thinking of adding some polls in my blog....it really makes the blog interesting what i feel....

Nostalgia said...

I wrote two long letter comments for you but decided I will just say your writing is good and you take decent photographs. Keep at it if yo enjoy. If not reduce the number of post to one a week or so for some time so that you an figure out what is going on in your head and yet not be totally detached. Bear hug for you! :)

Kairali sisters said...

Okra is my fav veggie and this stir fry looks so good Nish...

I haved voted in your poll ketto...

Monet said...

Girl...I'm feeling you...Mondays are hard to get into! But how can you not be excited with such a lovely dish like this? I ate a lot of okra growing up so this post reminded me of my childhood. Thank you for sharing!

Tanvi said...

he he nisha...the fourth option of the poll is a good one..if u knw what I mean :) I have voted and its definitely not that option :)
Lovely shots again and I just want that okra to pop out the screen! Yummy looking!
Sinfully Spicy

aipi said...

Okra stir fry looks delicious.. can taste it with my eyes :)..awesome spice combination!

US Masala

Torviewtoronto said...

looks delicious

Suman Singh said...

Love okras and that stir fry looks delicious and tempting..thanks for the recipe..

Satya said...

okra stir fry looks beautiful ...beautiful clicks too ...anything with okra most welcome

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Tamanna said...

we had veggies today too. needed a big load of veggie diet after a whole month of ramadan and eid. =) looks great, voted on the poll

jais said...

wow looks delicious

Priya said...

Lipsmacking okra stir fry, interesting poll, done:).

alice said...

I love Okra but am unsure about cooking with it. I love it done in tempura but this looks like a nicer and healthier alternative. Thanks for the recipe!

Oh, and keep up the blog please!

Vrinda said...

Nice n cripy okra fry..liked the addition of besan flour...

Suja Sugathan said...

Spicy and yummy..the picture says it all..voted on the poll.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Nice veggie stir fry, looks really yummy, will check the poll and vote :-)

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Ladies finger is my fav veg, shame and sad that i don't get in Finland and starving for years to have them, I'm crying seeing ur gorgeous pictures. Regarding mon i hate too, only thing i do is go to office postponed the work to tue :P Your ur writing has always attracted me first hon as it bring a hidden smile in me, next is pic's ...have anyways voted my first choice hope it helps to sort out ur confusion TC Super big hug!

Yummy Team said...

I am a huge fan of okra..Love this recipe, Nisha..

Njanum vote cheythittundee :)

Fathima said...

Okra is not one of my fav veggies... but still the clicks makes it looks so tempting to me as well!

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful pics,have already made my choice on your poll..

Nitha said...

Not a great fan of okra.. But like when its well fried.. This one looks so crispy..

vote cheythittunde tto.. should have given a multiple select option :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Luv okras in any form, I always looks for diff varieties of okra...already bookmarked urs :)

Gulmohar said...

This is how I love my okra...beautiful dish

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

I've just been bad mouthing okra elsewhere so I cannot claim to be it's biggest fan. However, seeing this has made me realise that actually it's preparing it I don't enjoy as I hate that slimy soapiness when you slice into it. I do eat it quite happily though when I have it in thalis etc. Not sure I can bring myself to buy it and cook at home again though!!

lecker and yummy recipes said...

hey, using frozen okras yield the same result ? i dont get okras here in germany that easily....

Sharmilee! :) said...

Aw luv okra in any form and this one is sure too tempting me

Sweet Artichoke said...

This recipe looks yummy!Difficult for me to resist okras! I have only discovered them a few years ago and now I am eager to try all the possible ways to prepare them!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Well, you have such great collection of recipes. YOu have a loyal set of followers who love your write-ups and mouthwatering recipes. You should continue to do what you are doing.