Okra is also known as “lady’s finger” in some parts of Asia. And various other names in other parts of the world. The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world.Okra is an edible pea pod and You can lightly blanch, steam or give it a quick stir-fry to reduce the “green” taste.
Okra is very low in calories and dense with nutrients. It is high in fiber, vitamin A, C, and folate content.It is also a good source of the B vitamins, vitamin K, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and traces of magnesium and manganese.Okra is one of those few vegetables which have the highest content of phytonutrients and antioxidants such as beta-carotene, xanthin and lutein.
BHINDI DO PYAZA is a north Indian dish made from Ladies Finger/Okra which uses double amount of onions. The dish got its name from Bhindi which means Okra , Do means twice and Pyaza means onions, hence the nameBhindi Do Pyaza. Bhindo Do Pyaza goes very well with chapatis or Rotis, and as a side dish with plain Rice. It is a spicy Indian stir-fried okra and onion curry. Bhindi do pyaza preparation requires very basic ingredients that is easily found in any Indian kitchen.
While cooking this recipe, look for young and small pods as they are tender. Large ones are hard and tough to cook. Choose Bhindis or Okras that are unblemished, firm and bright in color. Also before cooking Okra wash them and dry them with paper napkin before chopping. This way Bhindi or Okra will not be loose or slimy while making bhindi do pyaza.
Bhindi or Okra or Lady’s finger serves more purposes than just a vegetable for cooking. I remember slicing them, dipping them in fabric paint to make table napkins and windows curtain which I still uses as taught by my mother under vegetable art.