We are starting a new week of blogging marathon today and my theme for the week is ‘Stuffed Dishes’. First up is a delicious stuffed bhindi/ okra in a tomato gravy recipe.
Recipe is from a Telugu cooking show. It looked like a show stopper and I noted it down in my book. As I was looking for dishes to make for this week, this one looked very tempting and luckily I was able to buy some nice looking okra too.
Okra/ bhindi are first sauteed until tender, then stuffed with the spice powder. When ready to eat, the stuffed bhindi are served along with a simple tomato gravy. This dish goes well with both rice and roti.
Make the Spice powder: Dry roast cumin seeds, coriander seeds, dry red chilies until fragrant. Add dry grated coconut and roast until lightly browned. Cool and grind along with the roasted peanuts until a coarse powder forms.
Prep Okra: Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan, add the okra/ bhindi and saute till tender, about 12~15 minutes. Remove from the pan and wait till cool enough to handle.
Make a slit in the center of each okra making sure not to cut all the way through. Stuff with spice powder and set them aside.
Make Tomato gravy: Heat the remaining 1tbsp oil in a pan, add onion, green chilies, ginger+garlic paste and cook till the onions are lightly golden, about 5 minutes.
Next add the tomato puree, turmeric, salt and red chili powder; cover and simmer for 6~8 minutes or until oil starts to separate around the edges.
To Serve: Take the gravy in a serving bowl, add the stuffed okra and serve.