For the past some months, my sweet little ‘weekend world’ has come crashing down. Earlier we would sleep late, get up late, roam around, drive somewhere and just relax the whole day. The best part was that I wouldn’t cook as we would almost always eat outside.
But now, the man and the kid are totally into sports. So now the alarm rings at 6 AM (midnight for me). I would be wondering whether the world has come to an end when it rings.
But on the other side of the bed, the man springs out like a jack-in-the-box and gets around with so much of energy that it’s almost unbearable for me to watch. All I want to do is to curl up under the sheet and sleep till 9 AM and here, the man gets ready, wakes up the kid. You have two bright-eyed, energetic people in front of you when you are groggy and half your mind is still in la-la land.
But the good part is that they both will be away for their cricket match and stuff . So I get to finish off the cooking and then relax as much as you want. Since we hardly eat out now a days, an easy to put together restaurant style meal does uplift the mood. So presenting achaari bhindi and soya pulao, our weekend lunch sometime back.
Recipe Source: Zesty South Indian Kitchen
- 1/2 kg Okra/ Ladies finger
- 2 tsp ginger, chopped
- 1 green chilli, chopped
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 14 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder (or per taste)
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp fennel seeds/saunf
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp nigella seeds (I didn’t use)
- 1/4 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
- a pinch of hing
- Wash and clean the ladies finger. Let it dry by itself or pat it dry with a clean kitchen towel. Cut it into 1″ long pieces.
- Microwave it with 1 tbsp oil until 3/4th cooked or saute in stove top until slightly brown and almost cooked. If doing in stove top, you might need a bit more oil. Keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and add the achaari spices (saunf, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds and hing). Once the mustard crackles, add the chopped ginger and green chillies. Saute for half a minute and add the chopped tomatoes.
- Let the tomatoes cook and become soft, stir often to avoid sticking to the pan.
- Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and coriander powder to the yogurt along with 1/4 cup water. Mix well.
- Add this mix to the tomato mix and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Add the cooked ladies finger and cook for sometime until it absorbs all the flavour, about 4-5 minutes. Taste test and adjust seasoning as required.