Sunday, January 3, 2016

Lady's Finger & Potato Curry

Lady's Finger & Potato Curry is a gravy dish  and it can be served as one of the side dish. Many people love Lady's finger. It is one of the healthy vegetable which is available all the time.


Lets see some benefits of having lady's finger/Okra. 
Lady's finger/okra /bhindi contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. It is good for people who suffer from constipation, since it is high content of fiber. It helps to digest the food easily and good bowel movement. It is good for pregnant women since it contain Folate. Vitamin K present in the lady's finger helps to clot the blood (during any injury/bleeding). It also helps to strengthen the bones. It helps to control astama. It controls the obesity and prevents sun strokes. It also controls the cholesterol level and diabetic in our body. Eating lady's finger helps in taking care of our skin in healthy way. Vitamin C present in Lady's finger helps to keep the skin younger. It helps to prevent skin pigmentation.
Lets see the recipe now:

Things Needed :

To cook:
Lady's Finger : 1/4 KG.
Potato : 1 Potato
Toor Dal : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
To Grind :
Coconut : 1/2  cup ( 2 to 3 tablespoons)
Rasam/Sambar powder :2 Teaspoons.(Full)
To Add :
Green chilly : 1
Tamarind pulp : 2 Tablespoons
Jaggery : 1 Tablespoon
Salt : as required
Turmeric powder : a pinch
Methi/Fenugrik seeds : 1/4 teaspoon
To season :
Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera : 1/4 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Ingh : a pinch

Method :

1. Wash and remove all the moister (water) with clean dry cloth and cut it into small.
2. Wash and remove the outer skin of the potato and cut them into small and keep it aside. Wash dal and pressure cook for 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Wash and slice a green chilly. Wash and cut coriander leaves. Soak tamarind in hot water.
4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and mustard seeds. Let the mustard splutter.
5. Add jeera and fry for 5 seconds. Add ingh and curry leaves.
6. Add cut lady finger and fry them nicely for 2 minutes.
7. Add tamarind pulp, jaggery, salt and turmeric powder. Cook lady's finger till they turn soft.
8. Cook potatoes in separate pan with little water.

9. Grate coconut with rasam powder with little water. Remove the coconut mixture from the mixi jar.
10. Now add cooked potatoes, cooked toor dal, ground coconut mixture to cooked lady's finger. Add water if required. Add raw methi seeds to the boiling curry. Put little salt.(If required).
11. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes and shift it to the serving bowl. Add coriander leaves.
12. Serve with the main dish.

Note :

Fry lady's finger nicely or curry might turn stick. Adding potato is optional. You can pressure cook potatoes. ( but it can turn very soft and smashed). Adding moong dal is optional. (Taste differ).  Use of any brand of rasam powder is optional. Adding home made rasam powder adds to the taste. Adding more chilly is optional. Adding raw methi seeds help to reduce the cholesterol content in the curry. Adding coconut is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 4 to 5 

Home Made Fresh Rasam/Sambar powder: 
Dry roast 2 tablespoons of daniya/coriander seeds, 1/4 teaspoon of methi seeds, red chilly (5 to 6) and 1/2 teaspoon of jeera with a pinch of ingh. Add 4 to 5 curry leaves. Dry grind when it is cooled. 
Sambaar Powder:
Dry roast  1/2 Teaspoon of channa dal/urid dal, 2 tablespoons of daniya/coriander seeds, 1/4 teaspoon of methi seeds, red chilly (5 to 6) and 1/2 teaspoon of jeera with a pinch of ingh. Add 4 to 5 curry leaves. Dry grind when it is cooled. 

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