Aloo Bhindi


If you look at most of the subzis, or side dishes for chapatis you see on ‘Oh Taste n See;, you will see that they are saucy. Yes, we are a big fan of masalas or curries as side dishes for chapatis as opposed to sookhi subzis or dry curries. Dry curries are typically used as a side for rice. This is one of the very rare sookhi subzi that I have made and was liked by both of us. I have adapted the recipe from Sailu’s recipe here‘. Sailu has used raw potatoes, but I used boiled cubed potato and okra. Feel free to use either.

This is also the first time I have tried potatoes and okra together, and I see how they marry together perfectly. I am planning to try a dry stir fry of tiny chopped potatoes and okra together. I could imagine how well it could go with creamy yogurt and rice. This version of curry was perfect with rotis and a dollop of yogurt.

1 russet potato, boiled and cubed
2 cups okra, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp red chilly powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp amchur powder
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
cilantro, chopped, for garnish

Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat. Splutter the cumin seeds until you get a nutty aroma. Add the sliced onion. Saute until golden brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell disappears. Add the tomatoes, salt and turmeric powder. Saute until most of the liquid in the tomatoes evaporates. If you would like this dish saucy then reduce the cooking time of the tomatoes. Add all the spice powders – red chilly powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and let it cook for a couple of minutes so that the flavors meld. Add the cut okra and cook for about 5 minutes. Toss in the cubed potato and combine with the rest of the ingredients. Let it cook for another 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with the amchur powder and cilantro. Serve hot with rotis or phulkas.

Verdict: The creamy potatoes with the crunchy okra tossed in a tangy spice mixture was a perfect combination with chapatis and it was a very easy dish to make for a weeknight supper. I also made a quick and easy wrap for lunch using the rotis and the subzi. Made for a healthy yet easy to eat lunch.

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