Okra Sidedish (Bhende Upkari)
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Serves: 3-4
Bhende upkari is a Konkani classic dish prepared by cooking okra in minimum spices and garnished with coconut.
  • 1 lb (1/2 kg apprx) okra(bhende) cut into long pieces
  • 1 tea spn mustard seeds
  • A pinch asafoetida
  • A pinch turmeric
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 4-5 curry leaves (optional)
  • 1 tbl spn fresh/frozen coconut
  • Oil
  • Salt
  1. Cut okra into long pieces.
  2. Apply some salt and turmeric to it and set aside. (This step reduces the sliminess of okra when cooked).
  3. Heat oil and add mustard seeds.
  4. When they start popping, add asafoetida, curry leaves(optional), green chillies slit into halves.
  5. Add the okra and mix well.
  6. Fry for 2-3 mins and then close the lid and let it cook on medium heat.
  7. When it is cooked, sprinkle the fresh coconut on top and take off the heat.
  8. Serve hot as a side with rice or chapatis.
Recipe by Aayis Recipes at http://www.aayisrecipes.com/side-dishes/okra-sidedish-bhende-upkari/