Friday, June 15, 2012

Microwave Bhindi (Okra / Lady's Fingers)

As I have mentioned before on my blog, I like to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen! I recently discovered that using a microwave oven can considerably cut down the cooking time for our day-to-day vegetable dishes. So here's one more snappy recipe.

The above is a picture of 'bhindi' (okra / lady's fingers / gumbo) that I cooked in my microwave. Well okay... not ALL the cooking was done in the microwave. I don't like to use oil inside the micro oven because I'm pretty sure that cleaning all that grease from inside it will be a very tedious process. So the dish was made partly in microwave and partly using conventional gas cooking. Here's how I made it...


250 grams 'bhindi' chopped in pieces (serves 2)
1 large onion chopped in big pieces
1 tbsp mustard oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp red chillie powder


  • Put the chopped 'bhindi' in a micro-proof container with a lid, and micro on P100 for 4 minutes.

  • Alongside, heat the mustard oil in a fry pan (on traditional gas burner), add the cumin seeds, let them brown and then add the chopped onions and saute till golden pink.

  • Take the cooked 'bhindi' out from the microwave and add to the fry pan. This is what it looks like at this stage.

  • Add salt and turmeric powder, mix well, cover and let it cook on low flame for a minute.

  • Remove cover, add the red chillie powder and coriander powder, and stir fry on high heat till it gets a slightly roasted appearance.

  • Serve hot.

With traditional gas cooking, it takes about 12-15 minutes to make this recipe. The 'bhindi' loses its fresh green color and there is always the risk of it becoming too soggy, which I totally hate. But with microwave cooking, the cooking time is cut to about less than 6 minutes, and the dish looks green and tastes fresh & crispy!

Anyway, here's more in Recipes!

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Shilpa Garg said...

Wow!! This looks so good and tempting!! Its awesome that you have experimented with your microwave!! Good going!! :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

:D :D :D

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