Spiced Okra Delight

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Serves 1-2

Time: 30 mins

“For this recipe, we tossed some crunchy peanuts in with the bhindi for an extra burst of flavor. Plus, you don’t need any extra oil because the peanuts have their natural oils!”


  • 1 1/2 cups chopped ladyfingers (bhindi)


  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 15 curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped green chili

Other Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 teaspoon rock salt


  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts, roasted and crushed


  1. Heat a pot, add the chopped ladies finger, and dry roast for a minute. Cover and allow to cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent sticking.
  2. Heat a pan and dry roast all the spice ingredients for 2 minutes on low flame.
  3. Add the roasted spices and all the other ingredients for 2 minutes on low flame. except the tomato and rock salt, to the okra. Stir well.
  4. Cover and allow to cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  5. Switch off the stove and add the tomato and rock salt. Stir, and cover for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the toppings, and serve warm with chapati and chutney or raita.


Benefits of the Recipe:

  1. Rich in Fiber: Ladyfingers (bhindi/okra) are a good source of dietary fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain a healthy digestive system.
  2. Vitamins and Minerals: The addition of tomatoes provides essential vitamins like vitamin C, potassium, and folate. These contribute to a strong immune system, proper blood pressure regulation, and overall well-being.
  3. Antioxidant Boost: The spices, including cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and curry leaves, are rich in antioxidants that help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, supporting overall health.
  4. Low-Calorie Option: Okra is low in calories and can be a great addition to a weight-conscious diet. It provides a feeling of fullness due to its high fiber content.
  5. Digestive Health: The combination of spices like cumin and coriander, known for their digestive properties, can help alleviate digestive issues and promote a healthy gut.
  6. Protein and Healthy Fats: Peanuts, used as a topping, contribute protein and healthy fats to the dish, providing a satiating element to the meal.
  7. Controlled Sodium Content: The use of rock salt allows for better control of sodium intake compared to regular table salt, making it a heart-friendly option.
  8. Versatile Serving: The dish can be paired with chapati and chutney or raita, providing a well-balanced and satisfying meal. This versatility makes it suitable for various dietary preferences.
  9. Balanced Flavors: The combination of spices, lemon juice, and roasted cumin powder creates a flavorful and aromatic profile, making the dish a delightful culinary experience.
  10. Easy to Prepare: The recipe involves simple steps and readily available ingredients, making it a convenient option for those with a busy lifestyle who still want to enjoy a homemade, nutritious meal.

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