Bendakaya is the most popular vegetable in my house. Every week we have to have Bendi fry or any dish which has Bendi in it. I use it in rasams, sambars and pulusus too! My kids, along with me love it a lot and so no one had any complaints when I make any dish with okra. I just wish I had a constant supply of okra all the time! :) well my grocer is not too bad in carrying fresh ones most of the time.
So having this is in lunch box it surely a hit. In lunch box I mean as lunch as my kids rarely take rice to school!
I sometimes even add a few pieces of cashew nuts to this rice and it tastes yummy! This is surely for the kids who love bendi and cashews!
This dish is pretty easy to make, all you need is a few bendi on hand along with cooked rice. Bendi doesn't take much time to cook and cutting like about 10 bendi in the morning isn't much of a hassle. You can always cut them the day before and have them ready for you to use.
10 Okra, cut into small pieces
1 cup cooked rice
1 small piece of onion, chopped
pinch of urad dal
pinch of mustard seeds
pinch of jeera or cumin seeds
1 dry red chili, broken
few curry leaves
salt to taste
pinch of chili powder (optional)(as per taste)
pinch of turmeric
1 tsp of oil
garnish with chopped coriander leaves
Heat oil in a kadai and add urad dal, mustard seeds and cumin.
After the brown and splutter, add the red chili, curry leaves and onions.
Saute till translucent.
Add the cut bendi and salt, cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes, until the bendi is cooked through.
Add the chili powder, turmeric and saute well.
Add the cooked rice and mix it up well with the cooked bendi.
(If you want to add cashews, add them just before you add onions and them brown a little)
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve warm or hot. Pack in a hot box for lunch. I don't mind eating it cold either :).
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