Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bhindi Fry (Okra Frites)

Scanlynn and I
recently paid a visit to a local South Indian eatery here on Curry Hill by the name of Tiffinwallah. It's a charming little place with a homey feel and decorated with 3-tier tiffins. It immediately brought back memories of school and my dabba wallah. As I tried explaining the concept of the Tiffinwallah to Scanlynn, I realized that the Indian tiffin delivery system that I didn’t think twice about was such an elaborate and complicated ordeal. The New York Times recently had a big article about the Tiffinwallahs of Mumbai and their FedEx like precision delivery systems. This article does more justice to it than anything I can ever say about it. And all this fuss just so that people like myself that too lazy to go down during lunch hour can get hot, home cooked lunches at their desks at work (or school). Although my dabba wallah at school operated at a much smaller scale, he did cater to about 100 students. One of my pet peeves about my dabba was getting watery curries in my lunch, which would inevitably spill out of the tiffin making a soggy mess. And my favourite tiffin food was Bhindi Fry. Just like my mother made it. Thin cut, deep fried, devoid of any nutritional content and spiced to perfection with warm thin chapattis. They were more like Bhindi Frites really. Although the Tiffinwalah remains a distant memory for this gourmand, the Bhindi Fry will always be a big hit in my kitchen

1 lb Okra (Lady Fingers) quartered longitudinally
1 tsp Chili powder
1 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1/4 tsp Cumin powder
1/4 tsp Coriander powder
Salt to taste
Oil for deep-frying

Deep-fry the okra till it is crisp and then drain it
Heat a deep pot and put okra in it
Add drizzle all spices and salt over okra and stir it so that the spices are evenly distributed over the okra.
Squirt a little lemon and garnish with coriander
Serve with warm fluffy chapattis or pooris.


Happy cook said...

This is a elegant looking okra dish.

Padma said...

You make simple things look so beautiful, never thought Bhindi Fry will look so gorgeous on that piece of bread

remya said...

Wat a classy n simple spread...

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TheCooker said...

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The one in Model Colony?
You studied there?

Alka said...

Ha,somethings don't change with changing generation....My son prefers to have bhindi phulka in tiffin during recess(he is in 1st grade) in comparison to cutlets and maggi(eeeew)that many of his frnds carry in their tiffins
I know u put it aptly..that this fried bhindi has almost no nutritional value,but still its comfort food for so many kids

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Vegetarian Thali Restaurant said...

I agree the picture makes me feel i shud prepare it.

Vegetarian Thali Restaurant said...

will post once i make it and the reviews of the one who is gng to have it..

Vegetarian Thali Restaurant said...

Frankly speaking i have stopped eating Bhindi, but the way u have described it.. something s gng to change