If you understand Tamil and are interested in cooking then you must watch this show on Vijay TV – Samayal Samayal (Cooking Cooking). It is hosted by Venkatesh Bhat from Accord Metropolitan, Chennai. I initially started watching it because I found him cute. Yup, superficial me. But then I found his recipes to be easy and his style absolutely no nonsense. He wasn’t the kind to have all ingredients prepped by someone before the show. He would perform the entire recipe including mundane stuff like cutting veggies, etc from start to finish on camera. It makes the dish look simple and somehow gives me the confidence of being able to master the dish.
This recipe featured as part of his Budget Cooking episode. Since I just got my first harvest of lady’s fingers from my garden, I decided to try it immediately. So here goes –
WHAT WE NEED
Lady’s fingers 200 gms
Cornflour 30 gms
Rice flour 30 gms
Gram flour 30 gms
Cumin powder 5 gms
Turmeric powder 5 gms
Red chilly powder 5 gms
Garam Masala 5 gms
Lemon 1 large or 2 medium
Oil for deep frying
WHAT TO DO
- Wash and dry the lady’s fingers
- Cut them into diagnol stripes. Thinner the better
- Add cornflour and coat the lady’s fingers well
- Add cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, rice flour, gram flour and salt
- Mix them well
- Add the lemon juice and ensure the flours and seasoning stick to the lady’s fingers
- Only if needed, sprinkle some water to bring them all together
- Heat oil and deep fry them in batches
Yup. That’s it. Quick and yumm.
- I did not use all the ingredients strictly by measurement. It was more using my judgement and it turned out fine. So you don’t need to be too strict with flour and seasoning quantities
- I did not have cornflour and so I used corn starch. There are 2 schools of thought – one saying that the two are replaceable and the other denying it. In this case, it did not make a difference.
- He added some chat masala to the dish at the end after the frying and before serving. We don’t like it and so I omitted that part.
This is my entry for Cooking from Cookbook Challenge hosted by Srivalli.
This is my entry for MonsoonMojo hosted by Kalyani
Bhendi fritters look crispy and a nice starter or even a snack.
You know though I got to hear about this guy from so many folks around me, I am yet to see his show or even see how he looks..:)..now you have made me curious..nice recipe..I remember we used to make this long time ago!