Masala Bhindi is a locally made dish by slitting bhindi or okra and stuffing it with spices like coconut (desiccated), garam masala etc., and stir-frying it in oil and consuming it with steamed rice, roti or paratha.
It is a dish made in every Indian household, as okras or bhindi is readily available in the Indian vegetable market.
Masala bhindi is fried deeply or sauteed as per the individual’s choice.
1. Nutritional Value Of Masala Bhindi
2. Health Benefits Of Bhindi
3. Masala Bhindi Recipes
4. Dietitian’s Recommendation
5. The Final Say
Bhindi is rich in nutrients and is a good source of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, calcium, enzymes, potassium, and many other nutrients.
Let us learn more about the other benefits bhindi has:
Bhindi is considered food for healthy skin. The presence of carotenoids in bhindi reduces the damage caused by UV rays. Also, carotenoids have an antiaging effect on the skin, which delays ageing, like fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes.
Bhindi has Vitamin A, and carotenoids named zeaxanthin, lutein, and meso-zeaxanthin, which help to boost vision as it protects the macula (sensitive part of the eye) and also protects the photoreceptor and improves vision.
Vitamin C in okra is an antioxidant, promoting strong immunity and protecting cells from light and sensitive pigments.
Bhindi is great for diabetic people as it is food with a low-glycemic index. Also, it contains a good amount of fibre which helps to keep blood sugar levels in check. The seed and peels of bhindi are anti-diabetic, per some studies of the national centre of biotechnology information.
Bhindi contains dietary fibres like pectin, which helps to control the cholesterol level and ultimately reduce the cholesterol level.
ToneOp brings you delicious bhindi/okra recipes to try on.
Prepare these healthy bhindi recipes at home and present your family with drool-worthy Masala Bhindi.
Bhindi Masala is the most common bhindi recipe. It is easy to cook, requires less time and suits everyone.
For Bhindi Masala
For Bhindi Masala Paste
1. Clean the bhindi with a damp cloth and slit it from the middle.
2. Make the bhindi masala by combining and grinding the ingredients. Stuff it in the bhindi, and keep it aside.
3. Heat a non-stick pan, add some oil, add the remaining bhindi masala paste and little water, and cook for 2 minutes on medium sim.
4. Add the stuffed bhindi to the pan and let the bhindi cook for 4-5 minutes.
5. Close the lid, cook for 5-7 minutes, and keep stirring in breaks.
6. Serve with rice or roti.
You may also read-Dal bhaji: Health Benefits Types And Recipe.
For those who enjoy sour flavours, dahi bhindi is mouth-watering and an excellent combination. Adding dahi also helps in easy digestion.
For Dahi Bhindi Masala
1. Steam the bhindi for 5 to 7 minutes until soft.
2. Now combine coriander powder, Besan flour, chilli powder, curd, salt and 2 tbsp of water. Mix well and keep aside.
3. In a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, hing and curry leaves; let the seeds splatter.
4. Add the curd mixture and bhindi and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes.
5. Serve hot by garnishing with coriander leaves.
This dish combines North Indian and South Indian tastes. Coconut is a dominant ingredient in South Indian Dishes and gives a fantastic twist to Masala Bhindi.
1. In a non-stick pan, add oil and then sauté the lady finger for 5-6 minutes on medium sim until they turn a little brown and keep aside.
2. Add garlic, ginger, curry leaves, and oil to the same pan and cook them for 1 minute.
3. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt, coriander powder and cooked bhindi; mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
4. Put coconut milk and cook for 2-3 minutes by mixing everything well.
5. Serve with rice or roti.
Bhindi is the most common vegetable loved by everyone and is the most versatile vegetable after potato; you can make any combination with Bhindi like Bhindi aloo, Bhindi pyaaz, Bhindi masala with paneer, etc.
Here are some tips and tricks to make Bhindi masala more delicious:
Dt. Akshata Gandevikar
1. Is it ok to wash bhindi with flowing water?
Yes, but before chopping. After chopping, it will be difficult to clean because it will turn sticky.
2. Is it ok to store cooked bhindi masala in a freezer?
Yes, you can store bhindi masala in the freezer for 3-4 days.
3. Which fibre is present in bhindi?
A digestive fibre named pectin is present in bhindi.
4. Having Bhindi masala often will cause any issues?
No, but it is better to consume various vegetables daily to avoid a mundane diet routine.
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