Marasim.... meaning relationship or connection.... however reluctant I am about building networks or connections with the world, my 'Marasim' with poetry, music, nature strengthens with each passing day. As of now, my headphone takes me to an ethereal musical journey of Gulzaar saab and late Jagjit Singh ji duo's Marasim album... the cool breeze adding to the mood. Been a sunday, a statutory warning also breaks the silence, ...... you will spoil your ears now. When the environment calls for some kind of romanticism, if someone acts otherwise, how would you feel? I do not know about you all, but I have always felt myself very secured in the two trusted hands which I know will never leave mine, for whom the old lady is surviving in a world peacefully that neither did understand her, nor she could understand its ways. Looking back, the daddy of the house got her lots of books, the mom protected her within the warmth of her arms, failing to teach their loving daughter how to deal with the world. The lazy little girl loved to be in the cocooned shell, never willing to learn the nitty gritty of life....
Is that little girl, now an old lady had a troubled life? Not really, the son-in-law took charge in time and with elan..... Is she naive as they say?.... she thinks she is no more so... the once naive and innocent girl is actually a confused, silly being, lost in her own utopian world... a warm, cosy, easy- peasy world... so her weekend conversation is always as this.... bossy I lack common sense right? The person on the other side who never spoke ill of his lady, would say stop thinking too much, take things as it comes. Learn to ignore, the world does not work your way. The little girl living within the tired physical being feels very secured sitting beside the uber cool, confident person, Gulzar saab's lyrics lingers on 'Chulhe Nehi Jalaye, Basti Hi Jal Gayi'...... The otherwise quite, yet stubborn lady reaffirms.... whatever may come... one needs to be graceful... been wild at others is not her forte. She will do what she thinks is right.
Did I sit to write a recipe?.... hope so, a busy monday ahead, I preferred to do the write up this evening. This bhindi, okra curry with considerable amount of yogurt is surely a vegetarian delight. Have it with roti, paratha or rice, you will love it.... I have used more yogurt and less spices for the dish. I completely omitted garlic paste, you can use though. Let us cook this easy peasy Dahi Okra Curry together.
Okra [lady finger] : 250gm
Plain Yogurt : 11/2 medium cup
Onion : 1 medium [sliced]
Ginger Paste : 1tsp
Nigella Seed : 1/4tsp
Mustard Seed : 2-3 pinches
Coriander Powder : 1tsp
Cumin Powder : 1/2tsp
Fennel Powder : 1/4tsp
Cinnamon Powder : 2pinches
Green Cardamom Powder : A pinch
Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Salt : As Required
Sugar : 1tsp[optional]
Oil : 3-4tbsp
Wash and dry the lady fingers. Discard the two ends and cut into halves. Apply little salt and turmeric, mix well and keep aside for 10 minutes.
Heat oil in a wok. Fry the okra pieces in batches and transfer to a plate. Temper oil with nigella seeds and mustard seeds. Add the onion slices and fry till golden brown.
Now add the ginger paste and fry for two minutes. Beat the yogurt and add to the wok.
Add salt, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, fennel powder and red chilli powder. Stir for a minute.
Now add the fried okra pieces, fold in well and cover cook for 5-6 minutes. Open cover every 2 minutes and stir. Now add one medium cup of water and cover cook for 4-5 minutes.
Open cover, add cinnamon and cardamom powder, sugar. Stir and let boil for a minute or two.
Its done, transfer to a serving bowl. Serve hot with roti, paratha or rice.