30 September, 2008

Hyderabadi Dahi Bhindi Masala: Recipes from Your Kitchen to Mine

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Hyderabadi Dahi Bhindi Masala

There are many advantages of cooking from food blogs than cook books. One you get introduced to new cuisines with simple as well exotic ingredients. Second you get to see how the actual dish looks with drool worthy photos posted along the recipes. For me the best part is you can easily contact the blogger and clear all your doubts/queries which otherwise is not possible with cookbook authors. And not to forget, you get all these services without costing you a penny. Yup, the buzz word is FREE.

Since two years of blogging, I have tried many recipes following the recipes posted in blogs. Sometime the end result ended up in garbage but many a times it was licked clean from plates, spoons and even the serving bowl. When I think of those recipes which have become my family favourites, I realised I haven’t posted most of them. So with this new mission of mine, I will be posting at least one recipe per month which I had tried and tested from bloggers. So please look forward to many more delicious recipes cooked in our kitchen tried from other kitchens in a new series called Recipes from Your Kitchen to Mine.

First recipe in this series is from lovely, sweet and chatter box (sorry couldn’t help it;) Swati who rants at Chatkhor. Few days back she had posted her aunt’s recipe for Hyderabadi Dahi Bhindi Masala. Being big time Okra lovers, it didn’t take too long for us try it. I was curious as how creamy the yogurt gravy looked as most of the times when yogurt added in a curry ended up curdling with unpleasant texture and taste. My only solution to this problem was to add yogurt just before you switch off the flame. But here in Swati’s recipe she used a paste made using cashews soaked in milk and coconut and Bingo, I got fool proof recipe for getting creamy yogurt gravy without curdling it. Both cashews and coconut are used in many recipes to thicken the gravy, giving it a creamy texture and also to enhance its taste. The amount of cashew and coconut used in this gravy is comparatively quite small without overpowering the actual yogurt based gravy. This cashew-coconut paste is just enough to give creamy gravy without you worrying too much about the calorie. Another intersecting tip was sprinkle little salt on okra pieces and marinate for few minutes before frying. I was not sure about the reason behind it till I decided to give it a try and realised it actually helps in reducing the sliminess of okra. The spices itself used are very little, giving it right flavour. While curry leaves in tadka imparts wonderful aroma to the dish, the pleasantly bitter kasuri methi enhances its flavour. With few modifications to suit our taste, this recipe is a keeper and I will be trying it again very shortly. Thanks dear Swati for sharing this delicious recipe with us which has become one of our favourite yogurt based curry.

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Hyderabadi Dahi Bhindi Masala

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Hyderabadi Dahi Bhindi Masala (Fried Okra in creamy Cashew-Coconut-Yogurt gravy)
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Serves: 3-4
Recipe Source: Chatkhor

Ingredients:
3-4 cups Bhindi/Okra, washed, dried and cut into 1 cm pieces
1 large Onion, finely chopped
2 large Tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1 tbsp Tomato Paste (Optional)
1 tsp Sugar (Optional, to balance the sour taste of amchur and yogurt)
1 cup Yogurt, beaten
1 tbsp Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen
6-8 Cashew Nuts, soaked in warm milk for at least 10 mins
½ -1 tbsp Kasuri Methi/Dried Fenugreek Leaves
1 tsp Garam Masala/Kitchen King Masala
½ -1 tsp Red Chilli Powder (Adjust acc to taste)
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
½ -1 tsp Amchur/Dry Mango Powder
½ tsp Coriander Powder
1-2 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

For Tadka/Tempering:
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
½ tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Urad Dal/Split Black Lentils
2-3 Dry Red Chillies, halved
A Pinch of Hing/Asafoetida
Few Curry Leaves
1 tbsp Oil
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Hyderabadi Dahi Bhindi Masala

Method:
Sprinkle little salt to okra pieces and mix well. Keep it aside for half an hour. This helps in reducing the sliminess while frying the okra. This step is optional.
Heat 1-2 tbsp of oil in a pan and add okra pieces to it. Fry them continuously at high flame till they turn brown retaining their crispiness, about 7-10 mins. Alternatively you can also deep fry them but I prefer pan frying for healthy option. Transfer these fried okras to a plate lined with kitchen/paper towel and keep them aside till needed.
Grind soaked cashews and coconut to smooth paste adding the milk used for soaking. Keep it aside till needed.
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds to it. When mustard starts to pop and splutter, add cumin seeds, urad dal, dry red chillies, hing and curry leaves and sauté it for a minute till cumin seeds and dal turns golden brown in colour.
Now add finely chopped onions and fry till they turn light golden. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for another minute till their raw smell disappears and onion turns golden brown. Now add all the dry masalas (garam/kitchen king masala, red chilli powder, amchur, turmeric and coriander powder) along with Kasuri Methi and fry for a minute in low heat.
Mix in finely chopped tomatoes and sauté till they turn pulpy and release their juice, about 2 minutes. Now add ground cashew-coconut paste and mix well. Keep stirring for a minute.
Add yogurt, sugar and salt to taste and stir well. Depending on the consistency of gravy required, add ½-1 cup of water and mix well. Simmer the gravy and let it cook uncovered for another 5 minutes.
Mix in fried okra and adjust the seasonings. Add little more water if you think the gravy is too thick and simmer for another 3-5 minutes. Serve this delicious gravy of Hyderabadi Dahi Bhindi Masala with any roties or flavoured Basmati rice and enjoy.


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sheetal said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Very interesting recipe.I am happy to try something new like this hyderabadi dahi bhindi masala.

DEESHA said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

wow sia .. i love this .. i too had gone thru this recipe N wanted to try it out .. looks yummy .. I have tried this with eggplant too .. tastes just yum ...

Curry Leaf said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Delicious,goes well with rice and rotis.Thanks the series also bring into light other blogs and delectable recipes

Happy cook said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Till now i have not had any disasters with the recipes tried from other bloggers.
The okra curry looks so tempting even thought i am not a okra fan.

Shreya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

what beautiful pics! I too love bhindi, and will try this soon. I am not usually in favour of cashew-coconut paste as a base, but this one has yogurt in it, so for sure will try it. I always make bhindi with yogurt, but without the cashew, only coconut-jeera-ginger-green chilly paste. Sometimes also add tomatoes and onions, but the gravy is not as thick as seen in your pics:-)

Sucharitha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Nice new section to add to one's blog. The recipe as well as the photo looks lovely. Must surely give it a try.

Usha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Looks delicious and as usual your pictures are awesome...:)

Uma said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

ah! what a lovely recipe with okhra! looks delicious.

srikars kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Looks delicious & fantastic.. great click.. thxs for sharing..

where r u put up in london?

Sonu said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi Sia,
Wonderful recipe.Ur photographs are so inviting. Let me try it sometime.
Thanks for sharing.

sunita said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

That looks gorfeous Sups...and i love adding cashews to my curries :-)

arundati said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

looks fabulous......am bookmarking this to try....we're okra lovers too....but in our excitement to eat it, we pretty much stick to basic recipes!!

TS said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

That is a delight! how lovely, two of my fav things bhindi and yogurt together!

hugs, trupti

Sangeeth said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

oo i can the c the oil on top of t his dish which makes it look yum! great pic sia..very inviting!

Sukanya Ramkumar said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi...
This Bhindi Masala looks so good. Nice pictures. YUM! So appetizing...

Srivalli said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Looks so lovely sia...nice series...:)

Vanamala said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Nice recipe.

Cham said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

The curry is tempting! Rich and creamy dish :)

Manasi said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Ooh! I am a big time okra lover! This looks so yum!
Like the new series. All the best.

sunita said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

oops!'gorgeous' ;-)

Ramya's Mane Adige said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

yummm!!! I love both bendekai and mosaru. looks delicious

sowmya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

nice recipe..got to try this sometime!!

Madhavi said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Yep delicious entry, and awesome click!!!

karuna said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i love bhindi. this is totally a new recipe, and i am going to give it a try very soon. the colours look so fresh. love the yellow and green combo.

Bhawna said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Curry looks as usual delicious. Its a nice combo...all i do is bhindi masala. so is definately must try...thank u Sia.

Chandani said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

yummy recipe, just tried it yesterday and it turned out great!! i used frozen okra, so it wasn't that crispy, but still turned out great..

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

My Family of 5 loved this dish & that a very tall compliment. Please accept my congratulations.

Next time I will use pureed tomato; it will cook faster and also look smoother. Most importantly my little one will not know she is eating tomatoes!!

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

My Family of 5 loved this dish & that a very tall compliment. Please accept my congratulations.

Next time I will use pureed tomato; it will cook faster and also look smoother. Most importantly my little one will not know she is eating tomatoes!!

Komal-Nishka said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia, I absolutely love your site, happened to tumble over it this morning and tried this recipe.

My family loved it and I am sure to make this more and more often. Yours is also the first blog I have written about in my blog. :)

Komal-Nishka said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia, I absolutely love your site, happened to tumble over it this morning and tried this recipe.

My family loved it and I am sure to make this more and more often. Yours is also the first blog I have written about in my blog. :)

Manjusha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi Sia,

Thanks for the recipe. I cooked this curry as suggested. It was yummy, but didn't turn out to be as creamy as shown in the picture. Next time, I'll probably blend the entire mixture and then add okra.

Sia said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

@Manjusha,
glad you liked the recipe. addition of coconut and cashews should make the gravy thick and creamy. infact i remember adding little extra water in the end to make it thiner. may be it also depends on how thick the curds/yogurt is. you can also saute the onions and grind it instead of using finely chopped ones to get creamy gravy.

Sia said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

@chandini, Komal-Nishka & Archana,
Thank you ladies. I am really glas to know that u and your family enjoyed it. :)

Suganya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I always prefer bhindi crisp and dry sauteed. But this gravy was delicious. We loved-loved it :). I am glad to add it to my list of regulars. Thank you for yet another winning recipe, dear Sia.

sowmya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi,

Really it is very interesting..thank you for sharing..we have a website in the name of chennaimoms.com(http://www.chennaimoms.com)..we are going to contect a recipes contest now..if you are intersted you will join and win the prize .. you can share your recipes and suggestion to the moms in chennai..welcome..

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Absolutely tasty recipe, I tried out with slight modifications and it turned out very yummy!

Neha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I tried it .It was came out really well.

Neha

Neha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I tried it. It came out really well. Awesome is the right word for it.

Lakshmi Canteen @ Koppa said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

This dish is very different and we liked it a lot. Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe Sia. I love your clicks!!

swetha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i just now prepared & served it my family, it's so good everybody praised a lot thanks to you

Priya Kumar said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

thanks for the lovely recipe. My husband loved it, and we are planning to cook the same for our guests coming over shortly!!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Ah, finally i am able to comment Sia. I just made this yesterday and it turned out really well. My hubby loves ur recipes..

shabana said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

My husband is not a big fan of vegetables but he loved this bindi masala thanks for the wonderful recipe,i have posted the result of ur recipe in my blog please have a look at it and post ur precious comments http://bondedbyfood.blogspot.in/2012/06/hyderabadi-dahi-bhindhi-masala.html

subdy said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

excellent receipe .....
i tried this today and came out well

DV said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I made this one today and my hubby and I just loved it :-) the coconut n cashew and yogurt makes this gravy mildly spiced which is just the way we like our curries :-) thanks for the recipe!

SweetMaiden said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Awesome Awesome recipe. Turned out great. Thankyou so much for posting this.

Sia said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Thank u all who tried the recipe and took time to leave a comment. I am really glad to know u and ur loved ones enjoyed this dish :)

tanuja gunisetti said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

i made this receipe my mom,my dad n even my brother who always ights with me liked it........everyone in my family njoyed the dish a lot

Asmat Parkar said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

very nice n easy recipes my family loved it thanxs for the recipe

Sia said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

@Asmat Parkar, happy to know that you enjoyed it :) thanks for letting me know.

Induja said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I loved this recipe! It came out amazing! Thanks for the recipe! Will keep making it many more times!!!

Induja said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Tried this for dinner today turned out amazing! Tastes so flavorful! Will keep making it many more times! Thanks for the recipe!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I enjoyed eating it as much as I enjoyed cooking it. It was heavenly. My hubby dear was all praises. Next day the gravy tasted even better.I have bookmarked it and will be making it really soon.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Very flavorful and tasty!!! Enjoyed making as well as eating this dish :-)

Tushar Wale said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Me too

Khushi said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Amazing recipe, with great flavor.......simple to make too !!!!!

Khushi said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Amazingly simple recipe with great flavor.

seema said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I tried this recipe today..it was very tasty.. son and hubby enjoyed eating.thanks

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