Lady’s finger is a tricky vegetable to cook with. The slimy texture causes a lot of people to hate it. But a few tricks can reduce the sliminess and it is very tasty. A few friends of mine who hated ladys finger actually liked it very much when I cooked it with some chick pea flour. The chick pea flour reduces the sliminess of the lady’s finger and at the same time gives it a very fritter like flavour which makes it palatable and tasty.
Just a few things to remember when preparing lady’s finger for cooking:
1. Remember to remove the lady’s finger from the refrigerator atleast a couple of hours before cooking. Wash them and allow to dry on a newspaper or a paper towel. The lady’s finger should be completely dry before you start to chop them.
2. The knife should be completely dry when chopping the lady’s finger. If you observe sliminess while chopping the lady’s finger, keep wiping off the knife to a paper towel regularly.
3. If you find the lady’s finger pieces still a little slimy, just place the chopped pieces on a paper towel and pat them dry.
4. Making sure that there is no moisture either on the knife or on the lady’s finger will ensure less sliminess
This recipe is very basic and easy to make and at the same time flavourful.
Lady’s finger : 1/4 kg chopped
Salt: according to taste
Chilli powder : according to taste
Chick Pea flour : 2 tbsp
Coriander powder : 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1/2 to 1 tsp
Oil: 2 tbsp
Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and allow them to splutter.
Turn the heat to slightly low and add the chopped lady’s finger. Do not stir the pieces. Just spread the pieces in the pan well. Allow the pieces to cook slightly on one side before turning the pieces.
I observed that using wooden spoon helps in reducing the sliminess of the pieces. I also keep paper towel handy and keep wiping the spoon off regularly to remove any moisture from the spoon.
Now stir the pieces gently and allow the sides of the the pieces that are not cooked to fry.
Mix together the chickpea flour, coriander powder and chilli powder in a bowl and blend well.
Once you have made sure that all the pieces are cooked well, add salt and mix well.
Now sprinkle the chick pea flour mix onto the pieces and blend well. You can also sprinkle some water onto the pieces. This will create some steam in the pan which will help the chick pea flour to cook.
Once you are sure that the flour has lost its raw smell and the chick pea flour is fried slightly the dish is done.
You can sprinkle some finely chopped coriander if you wish.
Serve hot with rice and rasam