Wednesday, 15 February 2017


So you see that 'two tablespoon of rice' does not really work unless we are into a balanced diet on a regular basis. The health experts say once a week can be a cheat day, for me it comes to three to four days a week. Of late I have realised that I cannot keep my tongue under control for long, so I have set it free.... the world knows I love my freedom too much. Then there is someone at home who would always say the most important thing in life is to be happy..... you eat and workout. Hey come on it does not work that way is my feeble answer..... Weight Loss is 70% diet and 30% exercise. Furthermore when I see the food fare in all the food groups I am part of, it becomes impossible to be otherwise than to cook and eat. Just when I decide to have a bowl of dal and salad for the dinner accompanied by a big piece of fish, someone would come up with a post on mutton biryani and leave me nowhere. It is for hilsa and mutton that I am unable to turn a vegetarian. Once I had set out of Kolkata, my taste bud has undergone a sea change and I am loving it.... chaats to fries ..... with six years of stay in this health freak island city, I do love my share of soups... steamed dumplings and other healthy spreads like Yong Tau Foo. After few hours I will be going to the Indian market, and do you think I will come back without having a plate of my favourite Appam?.... nah.... at Anand Bhavan they serve it with a small bowl of coconut milk and an orange colour sugar ..... whereas our very dear Keralite couple friends Mitty and Anjana Matthew serve it with egg or chicken stew. Diabetes, I have made peace with you.

As weekend arrives, we have to have some snackers if we are not going out anywhere. I made these stuffed Bhindi / Lady's Finger last Saturday. Instead of preparing a curry with it, I batter fried them. Trust me you will love it this way as a snacker. I have made the stuffing with a filling made of shredded coconut and few spices. I like it with a bowl of plain yogurt adding some black salt, ginger juice and chopped green chillies. My men have it with same old sauce, you can pair it with any kind of chutney, sauce or pickle. Come let us do this easy, vegetarian snacker / fry together and enjoy the coming weekend. I have tried to provide few stepwise pictures for the whole process.

INGREDIENTS :[for the stuffing]
Coconut [shredded] : 1medium cup
Gram Flour : 1/4small cup
Turmeric Powder : 1/4tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1/2tsp
Cumin Powder : 1/2tsp
Coriander Powder : 1/2tsp
Green Chilli : 2 [chopped]
Carom Seed : 1/2tsp
Salt : As Required

INGREDIENTS : [for the batter]
Rice Flour : 1/3small cup
Corn Flour : 2tbsp
Gram Flour : 1/4small cup
Turmeric Powder : 1/2tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 1/2tsp
Sugar : 1/2tsp
Salt : As Required
Water : As Required

INGREDIENTS : [finally]
Lady's Finger : 8-10[washed, dried,slitted]
The Stuffing [assorting together all ingredients]
The Batter [Mixing all ingredients adding water to get a paste like consistency]
Oil : 100-200ml to fry[leftover can be used later]

Wash the lady's finger / bhindi in running water and pat dry.

You see I did not cut the ends because I wished to hold it royally, dip it into the yogurt and take love filled bites. Slit the bhindi from middle but do not cut half. Take all the ingredients of stuffing in a bowl, mix well. Sprinkle little water to tighten it.

Fill the lady's finger with stuffing as much as possible.

Let us prepare the batter now. Take all the ingredients of batter in a bowl, add water little by little to get a paste like consistency.

Coat the stuffed Bhindi well with the batter.

Heat oil in a wok. Deep fry the batter coated stuffed Lady's Finger at medium to low heat till they are brown.

Serve hot and fresh with your choice of condiments.


  1. Tricky isn't it food and dieting? As careful as I am, my tummy is bloating. God knows why, still, I am holding on tight to me weight. These fried bendi are awesome. Would love to jump in.

    1. Absolutely tricky for us foodies Navaneetham... but you are just fine... to avoid bloating you can add a tsp of fennel in a glass of night.. strain it next morning n have in empty stomach

  2. Stuffing looks really very nice... Love to try these stuffed bhindis

  3. Yummy. Love that stuffing, Soma. I can have these anytime.