Friday, February 10, 2012

Benda Sagle (Lady's finger/Okra Curry)

Benda Sagle is one more popular konkani dish. Byanda means lady's finger in konkani. I got this recipe from my amma. She makes it regularly. I tried it for the first time and it turned out tasty. Try making this dish and enjoy!!

  • Lady's finger/Okra- 250g
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen- 3/4 cup
  • Roasted red chillies- 4-5
  • Tamarind- A small ball (gooseberry sized)
  • Coriander seeds- 1 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds/ Methi- 1/4 tsp
  • Oil- 1-2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves- Few
  • Salt- To taste

Wash the lady's finger/okra and pat dry using a cloth/paper towel. Then cut them lengthwise (edges trimmed) into 1-1.5cm long.

For the masala: Roast coriander seeds and methi separately in few drops of oil, until they turn light brown. Allow them to cool. Then grind the roasted spices along with grated coconut, red chillies and tamarind. Add water as required.
Then transfer this masala into a dish and start heating it on a medium flame. Add the cut okra to the masala.

Mix it well. Add salt and water, as required (don't add too much of water at a time. Add as and then). Close it with a lid. Continue cooking until the okra looks cooked (it might take 10-15 minutes). The final consistency of the dish should be medium thick. So adjust it accordingly.
For seasoning: Heat oil. Add mustard seeds. Once it starts spluttering, add curry leaves and turn off the heat. Add this to the prepared curry and mix well. Benda Sagle is ready!!

Serve it hot with rice or idli, rotis. Above measurement serves two people.


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