• 362.bhindi masala

    January 30, 2014mayurisjikoni

    ladyfingers dressed differently!     Recently there was a drastic shortage of vegetables and fruits in the markets in Mombasa. This is the result of devolution where decisions are made at a drop of a hat without discussing the consequences. Trucks, lorries etc bringing in the goods now have to pay their transportation charges before entering Mombasa and not at the wholesale market. On top of that no night transport allowed. Hawkers around the markets were removed which resulted in protests. Esther our building mama mboga (vegetable lady) comes everyday selling fruits and vegetables to regualr customers. She complained that people were fighting over the minimum supply and if she wanted to enter the market with her basket to buy vegetables she would need to…

     
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  • Bhinda Nu Shaak /Stir Fried Okra

    August 6, 2012mayurisjikoni

    What is Bhinda? Bhinda is the Gujarati name for lady fingers, okra, or as more popularly known as bhindi in Hindi, Bendekayi in Kannada, Dhenras in Bengali, Vendai in Tamil. Popularly used in the Caribbean to make gumbo, its prepared in different ways in India. Bhinda or Okra is a very popular vegetable in India and surprisingly a favorite with many kids too. Open a number of tiffin or lunch boxes and you’re bound to find bhinda or okra with some roti. The origin of okra or bhinda is disputed as some claim it to be from West Africa, some say Ethiopia and others believe its from South Asia. The name Okra originates from a West African language. Did you know that Bhinda or Okra…

     
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  • 113. bhinda ni kadhi

    July 11, 2012mayurisjikoni

    unusual curry Bhinda or lady fingers are very popular in most Indian families. Nowadays the bhindas available are tender and fresh. Hubby loves bhinda khadi. Yes, bhinda and kadhi together taste very yummy with parathas or even bajra rotlo. Unfortunately, that is one thing I still haven’t learnt how to make. However, I keep on trying every time I make bhinda kadhi. The day I make a perfect rotlo I will certainly blog it. In the meantime, it has to be bhinda kadhi and paratha or bhakri as we gujjus call it.  Adding green garlic is the best but I don’t see much of it in the market here so instead use normal garlic either crushed or sliced. updated 3/3/2016     BHINDA NI KADHI…

     
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  • stuffed bhindi or bharela bhinda

    May 8, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Updated on 13/10/2018 Ladyfingers,okra or bhindi is a very popular vegetable in India. Its cooked dry, used in sambhars, made with tomatoes or with a  gravy, depending on the type of cuisine. Gujaratis normally cook it dry. The Japanese use okra to make tempura. In Malaysia its stuffed with fish paste and in other parts of the world, the slime helps to thicken a soup.  It is a slimy vegetable, which is reduced when cooked dry. Most kids  love bhindi.  Nikil my son loves stuffed bhindi. Whenever we visit hubby’s aunt (foi), she always gives me some vegetable that has been either grown at home or at their office yard. Right from brinjals, doodhi to spinach. This time round she gave me these fresh young…

     
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