Low-Carb Stuffed Okra [Bharwa Bhindi]

Okra is a very popular vegetable in India. All the children in our family love okra stir fry, stuffed okra and okra sambar. Stuffed okra goes well with chapati, bread, naan, paratha and rice.

Ingredients:

  • Baby Okra (250 gm)
  • Cumin powder (1/8 cup)
  • Coriander Powder (1/8 cup)
  • Onions (chopped, 1/2 cup)
  • Turmeric Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Red Chili Powder (kashmiri, 2 1/2 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Oil (8 tsp)
Ingredients

Cook time: 40 minutes

Cuisine: North \ South Indian

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Serves: 2

Method:

Recipe for Stuffing:

  • In a bowl add coriander, cumin, red chili powder and salt.
  • Mix all the powders and add 2 teaspoons of oil.
  • After adding oil mix again.

Stuffed Okra recipe:

  • Cut off the crown of okras.
  • Make a vertical slit and fill the okras with the spice mixture.
  • Refrigerate for 10 hours.
  • In a deep skillet add oil, chopped onions and turmeric powder.
  • Add salt only for the onions.[Remember already added salt for the okras]
  • Place the okras gently and flip every 4-5 minutes until they are cooked.
  • It should be cooked uncovered and on a low heat.
  • Avoid flipping the okras too often to keep the stuffing intact.
  • Add leftover spice mixture if needed.
  • Cook until okras absorb all the flavors of spices, and crispy.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Add coriander, red chili, cumin powder and salt in a bowl.
Add oil and mix all the ingredients.
Cut the crown off and make a vertical slit.
Fill the okra with the spice mixture.
Refrigerate the okras for 10 hours.
Add oil, onions, turmeric and salt.
Place the okras on the onion mixture.
Flip the okras gently and cook the spices are absorbed and crispy.

NOTES:

  • Short and stout okras are preferred for this recipe.
  • Wash the okras and dry using a kitchen towel.
  • While placing the okras lay in a single layer in the skillet.
  • Garam masala can be added to the spice mixture.
  • Be careful while making a slit. Do not cut the way through. If the okras are long make a long slit and cut it into half.
  • I used heavy bottom cast iron skillet but non-stick pan can be substituted for the iron one.

Baingan [Eggplant] Bharta

Baingan bharta is a dish made of fire roasted eggplant and cooked with onions, tomatoes and other spices. It goes well with rice and all types of breads. In southern part of India smoked eggplants are used to make chutney and in northern part bharta is made out of it. We live in the middle east and here baba ghanoush is very popular and can be compared to our bharta.

Ingredients:

Eggplant (200 gms)
salt (to taste)
Oil (4 tsp)
Ginger (grated, 1 tsp)
Carrots (grated, 2 tbs)
Onions (chopped, 1/2 cup)
Tomatoes (chopped, 1/2 cup)
Coriander Leaves (2 tbs)
Coriander Powder (1 tsp)
Turmeric Powder (1/4 tsp)
Cumin Seeds Powder (1 tsp)
Garam Masala Powder (1/2 tsp)
Red Chili Powder (medium hot, 1 1/2 tsp)

Ingredients

Cook time: 45 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Serves: 2

Baingan Bharta recipe video

Method:

  • Smear eggplant with oil before roasting.
  • Pierce the eggplant with a skewer and place it on the flame.
  • Turn the eggplant till the skin is completely charred and the pulp should be soft.
  • Remove the skin when it’s warm and cut off both the ends.
  • Mash the eggplant using a fork or a spoon until smooth.
  • Heat a deep skillet to medium and add oil.
  • Add chopped onions, tomatoes, grated ginger and salt.
  • Sautee till the oil separates from the mixture.
  • Add turmeric, red chili, coriander, and cumin powder.
  • Mix and stir well.
  • Add the mashed eggplant and garam masala powder.
  • Add required water to adjust the cosistency.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and grated carrots.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Apply oil all over and skew the eggplant.
Roast the eggplant directly on the flame. and turn it over every couple of minutes.
Roast till the skin is completely charred.
Peel off the skin when it’s warm and cut off both the ends.
Mash the eggplant with a spoon to a smooth consistency.
Add chopped onions, tomatoes and grated ginger,salt and sautee till the vegetables are soft.
Add turmeric, red chili, coriander and cumin powder.
Add the mashed eggplant and garam masala powder.
Add required water to adjust the consistency.
Garnish with coriander leaves and grated carrots.

Notes:

  • While selecting eggplants select the lightweight ones.
  • Immerse the roasted eggplant in water as soon as it’s removed from fire and Peel off the skin or the skin can be peeled off as mentioned in the video.
  • Eggplant roasted on fire is more tastier than eggplant roasted in oven.
  • Garlic paste can be added if preferred.

Paneer Butter Masala (no onion-garlic)

a rich, delicious and creamy dish made with indian cottage cheese and spices. It can be eaten with all kinds of bread.

Ingredients

  • Paneer (cubes, 1 1/4 cups or 200 gms)
  • Butter (3 tsp)
  • Cloves (2)
  • Cardamom (pods, 3)
  • Cashews (soaked, 12)
  • Red chilies (kashmiri, 12)
  • Cooking Cream (3tbs) or Full Fat Milk (6 tbs)
  • Oil (4 tsp)
  • Jeera [Cumin] (seeds, 1 tsp)
  • Ginger (chopped, fine, 2 tsp)
  • Fresh Cream (2-3 tsp)
  • Tomato (chopped, fine, 2 cups)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Kasuri Methi [Dried Fenugreek Leaves] (2 tsp)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Category: Curry

Serves: 4

Paneer butter masala recipe video

Method:

  • Soak chilies, cashews, cloves and cardamom in three separate bowls in hot water.
  • Let it rest for 30 minutes at least.
  • Heat a deep skillet to medium and add 2 teaspoons of oil.
  • Add chopped ginger and sautee for 2-3 minutes and set aside.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till they turn mushy.
  • Grind red chilies, cashews, ginger, tomatoes to a fine paste.
  • Heat a deep skillet to low and add butter and oil.
  • Add cumin seeds and then add the ground paste.
  • Add the required salt.
  • Cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add the clove-cardamom water extract.
  • Add the cooking cream and then add paneer cubes.
  • Mix gently.
  • Add kasuri methi leaves while adding the leaves crush it with your palms to enhance the flavor.
  • Add the fresh cream.

Step by step pictures

  1. Soak chilies in hot water.

2. Soak cashews in hot water.

3. Soak cloves and cardamom in hot water.

4. Add chopped ginger.

5. Add tomatoes and cook for 10- 15 minutes.

6. Cooked tomatoes.

7. Add soaked chilies, ginger and cashews in a grinder bowl.

8. Add cooked tomatoes to the ginger, cashew and chilies.

9. Add jeera in the butter-oil mix.

10. Add the ground paste.

11.Add the filtered cardamom-clove water.

12. Add fresh cream to make the gravy rich and creamy.

13. Add the paneer cubes.

14.Add kasuri methi.

15. Add fresh cream.