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Spiced Okra Northern India style - Bhindi Masala

Spiced Okra Northern India style - Bhindi Masala

Amchur or amchoor is the Hindi term for mango powder. It’s made from slices of green unripe mangoes which are dried and resemble pieces of bark.

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It is then sold whole or ground to a powder and added as a citrus or tangy note to savoury Indian dishes such as this okra recipe which is very popular in northern India.

Picture by Manju Malhi

Serves 3-4 as an accompaniment

3 tbsp sunflower or olive or rapeseed oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 onions, sliced
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp mango powder or amchur
1/4 tsp ground coriander
300g okra, washed, thoroughly dried and cut into 2 cm croutons at a slant
1 tbsp peeled and grated root ginger
1/4 tsp garam masala


Heat a pan on a medium heat and add the oil. Sprinkle the cumin seeds, When the seeds crackle, add the onion and sauté for a minute. Mix in the turmeric and salt, if using, followed by the chilli powder, mango powder and ground coriander. Cook for a further minute.
Add the okra and fry well for 8 minutes. Mix in the root ginger and saute for a further 2 minutes. Sprinkle over the garam masala and serve hot with chapatis or in a wholemeal pitta bread.


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