You’ll never have leftovers with this meal! It is super tasty coz its super fried! Lol! Whenever I make this, it reminds me of our househelp back in Africa, she would whack my hand when I would try and sneak out a couple fried potatoes.
I don’t boast about the nutritional content here since frying pretty much negates any nutritional value, but for the sake of authenticity I’m making it the traditional way. I also do make this without frying the potatoes or okra. Will post that recipe later.
Recipe: Bhinda ne Bateta Tarela
Also known as: Okra and Potato Fry, Ladyfingers and Potato Fry, Bhinda nu Saag, Bhinda Tarela, Okra Potato Curry
Accompaniments: Rotli/Pita and green salad
- 25 Okra (lady fingers), large ones (choose ones without black stuff on them)
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 small onion, grated or blended
- 1 dried red chili or green chili or 1/4 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced (or 1 tsp garlic paste)
- 1 ripe tomato, blended or grated
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste (heaped)
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
- juice of half a large lemon
- 2-3 Tbsp water
- 2-3 Tbsp oil
- oil for deep frying
- Wash the okra and wipe each dry with a towel. Failure to do so will result in a sticky mess!
- Cut the okra into thick rounds. Discard the tops.
- Heat the oil on medium-high and fry the okra till slightly brown (5-7 minutes). Drain on papertowels.
- Fry the potato chunks till golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
- In a separate pot, heat the 2-3 Tbsp of oil. Add the dried red chili (or green chili).
- Add the grated onion and fry till almost brown.
- Add the garlic and stirfry for a couple of seconds.
- Add the crushed tomato and tomato puree.
- Add the salt, chili powder (if using), turmeric, coriander and cumin powders.
- Fry the tomato mixture till it thickens, darkens slightly and the oil comes up.
- Add the fried potatoes and GENTLY toss to coat with tomato mixture.
- Add the lemon juice and 3-4 Tbsp of water. Gently incorporate.
- Add the fried okra and gently mix. Let the okra heat through again and serve.