Nov 7, 2006

Red Hot Bhindi Curry(Benda Song)

Song is a authentic konkani side dish made with tamarind and red hot chillies. Its made very spicy and often paired up with the konkani dal ,daLitoy. The mildness of the dal balances well with the red hot spicy song. Song made with potatoes, Batate song is the most popular kind of song. I had no idea that song could be made with different other veggies too. When my Mom-in-law made song with bhindi i was amazed. I did learn a lot of other curries that resembled the song too. Will post them in future.

Benda Song
2 cup chopped bhindi or okra.
2 medium size onions
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 inch cube tamarind
2 tsp oil

Wash okra/bhindi in plenty of water. Rinse them thoroughly, drain all the water. Slice them and set aside

Soak tamarind in a cup of lukewarm water. Squeeze the pulp and discard the fiber.

Heat oil in a kadai/wok and fry the onions on a low flame till golden brown. Its very important to fry them till golden brown. Add chilli powder, coriander powder and fry till aromatic. Add the tamarind pulp and another cup of water. Bring it to a rolling boil. Add the okra and salt, stir and cook on medium flame. Cook till all the water is evaporated.

When its still cooking,if the water is very less in the kadai, add some hot water. If the okra is cooked when the sauce is still thin, put on high flame and evaporate most of the liquid.

Serve with rice and Dal or chapati

1 comment:

Sujatha Rao said...

Nice recipe. BTW you are from california. Hi. I am Sujatha from Mangalore. I would like to share some recipes with you as I am a great cook.
Do you know Mushroom Song and Mushroom pokoda?
BTW you can contact me through yahoo IM. My ID is jaiprada@yahoo.com . Add me.