Tawa Bhaji / Crispy Masala okra and potatoes / Aloo Bhindi
Spiced Okra and potatoes
|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.
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
Vegetables( or use your choice of veggies):
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
Dry with a kitchen towel, split the okra/ Bhindi and make cuts in the potato( as shown in the image).
|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.
|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.
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.
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.
Serve hot with Phulka.
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.