Shahi Bhindi (Royal Style Okra Curry)

During childhood elders used to tell us that if we eat Okra, our maths solving ability increases. I don't know how far its true or may be they wanted us to eat this veggie but Okra /Ladies finger is yummy in any form. 
Usually in daily base cooking i finely chop and stir fry with spices or add onions or use it in sambar, but as for today's recipe it's a shahi (royal) style curry in which we add cashews,sesame seeds, onions and tomatoes. It's a finger licking recipe and best when you want a change or want to have it at get together to surprise the friends. So do try this royal dish and enjoy.
You may like other vegetarian Indian curries
Easy Potato Curry
Tindora Coconut Fry
Courgette Lentils Tangy Curry
Paneer Butter Masala
Spinach And Black Eyed Bean Curry

Level: Moderate
Total Time: 45-55min

Okra(bhindi/ladies finger): 250 gms
Cashews: 15
Tomato: 1 large (150gm)
Green Chillies: 3
White Sesame Seeds ( til): 2 tablespoons
Onion: 1 (100gm)
Ginger Garlic Paste: 1 tablespoon
Cumin Seeds : 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric: 1/8 teaspoon
Garam Masala Powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin powder: 1/4 teaspoon
Kasuri Methi (dry fenugreek seeds): 1/2 tablespoon
Red Chilli powder to taste
Salt to taste
Oil : 3 tablespoons + 3 tablespoons(for shallow frying)
Coriander chopped : 2 tablespoon


Soak cashews in warm water for 15mins.
Blend cashews and sesame seeds to fine paste using little water. Add chopped tomato and green chilli to it and blend it again to fine paste.
Finely chop Onions. Wash and chop Okra in two and set aside.
In a pan  add oil for shallow frying Okra. Fry okra until half cooked.Remove it on paper towel.
In the same pan add Oil, once heated up add cumin seeds. Then add Onion and fry till light brown. Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and saute for 30 secs.
Now add cashew tomato paste and fry till oil oozes out. Add Okra and mix well until the okra is coated with the mixture. Now add Garam masala, cumin powder, salt, Kasuri Methi and water and once the mixture comes to boil, turn the heat to medium low and close the lid for 15mins.
Stir in between every 5 mins and cook until the desired consistency.Do the taste test and adjust salt and spice level and Add chopped Coriander turn the heat off.
Serve with roti,pulka,plain boiled rice or Jeera Rice or any flavoured rice.

Dry pat the okra and then chop and fry. This will make the process little bit faster.

Yummy...Wanna try....let set go....

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