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Recipe for whole okra / bhindi fry

Health benefits of okra / bhindi

Okra / bhindi is one of the extensively used green vegetable by the people of India. There is even a fad among the people that when children consume okra they will improve their performance in mathematics. Okra can be used in making different curries which is taken as a side dish along with rice or roti.
  • This is a good source of Vitamins A and B and also minerals like iron and calcium besides being an excellent source of fiber.
  • It helps in maintaining a smooth skin. 
  • The fiber in okra helps in maintaining the blood sugar levels 
  • Vitamin C present in okra acts as an anti-oxidant which helps giving relief from asthma. 
  • Okra is considered a wonderful green vegetable which helps treating infections in the lungs, throat.
  • The fiber content in this vegetable helps in easy bowel movement.
  • The starchy content in okra is effective in beating the heat during summer.
  • Okra being an alkaline helps in neutralizing acidity. 
Keeping the health benefits and nutritional facts of okra in view, it is better to shallow fry these green vegetables in enough oil without deep frying and thus retain the nutritive value of this wonderful vegetable. Here is the recipe for whole okra fry.
    1. Take small tender bhindi / lady's finger wash it under tap water, spread it on a tissue paper and allow it to dry. 
    2. Once these are fully dry, make a slit half way from the pointed end of the lady's finger.
    3. Heat enough of vegetable oil in a pan and place these slit bhindis in the place.
    4. Allow these to shallow fry over medium flame.
    5. Once these are nearly done, sprinkle little dhania (coriander seeds) powder, jeera (cumin seeds) powder, salt, little red chilli powder and amchoor (dry mango powder) over these fried bhindis.
    6.  Stir it well and turn off the stove after a couple of minutes.
    7. Take these in a serving plated and garnish as you wish.
    8. These can be relished as a side dish with rice or chapati.

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