Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bhindi pyaz ki bhurji | Okra and baby onions stir fry...

I have been making a few really quick kind of stir fry subzis for Arvind's lunch box these days. The morning hours are rushed as I am not an early riser. Preparing the lunch box and the breakfast as well within about 45 minutes is a task sometimes and I have to move my hands quickly in order to pack his lunch in the most possible balanced way. That is within his choice of foods.There were many requests on both my blogs regarding lunch box ideas hence I posted a few pictures of these lunch box ideas on my facebook page. Usually there is some kind of chickpeas, lentils or sprouts box, a dry stir fry veggies box and a box of cut cucumber and baby onions apart from multigrain rotis for him. Sometimes a pulao or tehri too.

This Bhindi-Pyaz is one of those quick stir fries that I make along with a few other things going on at the kitchen platform.


Okra cut into 1.5 to 2 cm pieces 2 cups
baby onions peeled and quartered 1 cup (peel them in advance if in a hurry)
chopped green chillies 2 tsp or to taste
whole cumin seeds 2 tsp
turmeric powder 1 tsp
amchoor powder 1 tsp or to taste
salt to taste
ghee or mustard oil 1 tbsp


To make the stir fry quick, I generally place the kadhai on the gas stove with ghee and chop everything together on the chopping board. The okra, cutting off the crowns and holding them all in one bunch and chopping quickly on the board. Chop all the baby onions and green chillies on the same board.

Tip in cumin seeds in the hot oil/ghee, wait till it crackles and add all the okra, onions and green chillies at once in the hot kadhai. Add all the powder spices too and keep stirring it in between whatever you are doing in the kitchen on the side.

Takes about 8-10 minutes on medium flame to cook. Keeping the heat level lower works wen you are working on several things together.

Serve as and when required, hot or at room temperature.

You can use regular red onions too but baby onions give it a distinct flavor. Lightly caramelised baby onions with bhindi is something I can have for a meal. I do that sometimes.