Monday, 10 March 2014

Tawa Bhaji / Crispy Masala okra and potatoes / Aloo Bhindi

Tawa Bhaji / Crispy Masala okra and potatoes / Aloo Bhindi

 Spiced Okra and potatoes
Tawa Bhaji / Crispy Masala okra and potatoes / Aloo Bhindi
Tawa Bhaji with Phulka

 Tawa bhaji as the name suggests is a bhaji/ sabji made on the tawa/griddle/pan. What is misleading about this name is it might sound like a pan fried dish but it’s not, it requires deep frying. Which is inevitable considering it’s a Sindhi delicacy. 


Another crucial step is covering the veggies with a heat proof flat plate or lid and placing some weight on it for incorporating all the spices into the veggies. Over the years I have skipped this step and simply cover it with a normal lid. My Mom does it differently, she microwaves  it for 5 minutes just before serving, which is amazingly easy.

Tawa Bhaji / Crispy Masala okra and potatoes / Aloo Bhindi
Tawa Bhaji
No matter what step you decide to follow, I can assure you it will turn out amazing. It is one dish that has gone down well with everyone be it my family or friends. And since this recipe reminds me and my friends of our tiffin’s swapping days, this recipe is dedicated to my dear friends J

Serves: 4


Ingredients:
Vegetables( or use your choice of veggies):
6 potatoes
12nos Okra/ Bhindi

Masala/ spices ( increase or decrease as per taste):
Turmeric - ½ tsp
Garam Masala-½ tsp
Dry Mango Powder-½ tsp
Chilly Powder-½ tsp

Salt to taste

Oil for deep frying

Method:

Wash and dry potatoes and okra,

Dry with a kitchen towel, split the okra/ Bhindi and make cuts in the potato( as shown in the image).
Slitting Okra
Slitting okra

making diamond shaped slits
Making slits in potatoes

Heat oil for deep frying,  to test if the oil is ready add a piece of bread, if it turns golden its ready if its burnt it is  too hot for frying anything.
Bread turns golden, oil is ready
How to test, if oil is ready for deep frying


Start frying, beginning with potatoes, till they turn golden brown. Follow the same with okra/ Bhindi. Drain and transfer to a kitchen towel/ absorbent paper.
Fried Potatoes
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Crispy fried Okra

Mix the masalas/spices with salt, sprinkle/ fill the masala in the slits of fried potatoes and okra and place or arrange on the tawa.
Tawa Bhaji / Crispy Masala okra and potatoes / Aloo Bhindi
Tawa Bhaji

Finally, Sprinkle a table spoon of water on the tawa,cover the tawa with a lid or a plate with heavy weight on top of it and cook on a very low flame for 10 Min or until cooked.
Tawa Bhaji / Crispy Masala okra and potatoes / Aloo Bhindi
Tawa Bhaji

Serve hot with Phulka
Tawa Bhaji / Crispy Masala okra and potatoes / Aloo Bhindi
Tawa Bhaji


    Notes:
      1.You can also use other vegetables like Aubergines, Capsicum or peppers ( cut into slices)
      2. Spice level can be adjusted as per taste.
      3. Placing weight on a flat plate, makes the veggies crispy.