Destinations Magazine

Recipe: Okra (ladies Finger) Top Or Okra Crown Chutney

By Rashmi Gopal Rao

While ‘trash cooking’ maybe a trend today, it is actually an age old practice that was meticulously followed during the yesteryears.  This concept of ‘root to shoot‘ cooking is currently being propogated by culinary experts and chefs around the world to tackle the serious issue of food waste.  But if you speak to your mom or grandmom, they are sure to come up with myriad ways of using what we usually dispose off as “trash” or waste”.

Whether it is the ridge gourd peel that is made into a ‘chutney’ or the ‘seedy pumpkin pulp’ that is promptly put into the dosa batter, our elders always ensured that the entire produce is used effectively.  A great way to ensure that waste is kept to a minimum, it is also a healthy way of eating as seeds and peels are rich in fiber and vitamins.

My grandmother too was a great proponent of trash cooking and she always made sure that nothing got wasted in her little kitchen that fed an army of 8 children.  Widowed at a young age, she ensured that she made best use of the little resources she had.  One of her favorite recipes was a chutney she made from okra tops or crowns that I discard very often even today.  The recipe below is an ode to her fiery spirit.

Recipe: Okra (ladies finger) top or Okra crown chutney
Okra top/crown chutney

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup okra tops (cut from about 500 gm of okra)
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Salt to taste

For Grinding:

  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 2 tsp Bengal gram (channa dal)
  • 2 tsp Urad dal (black gram)
  • 3 red chillies
  • a small piece of tamrind
  • 3 tbsp freshly ground coconut

For seasoning:

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 red chilli
  • a pinch of asafoetida

METHOD

  • Heat ghee in a pan and fry the okra tops/crowns thoroughly on low flame till the stickiness disappears.
  • Heat one tbsp coconut oil and add all ingredients except fresh coconut listed under “for grinding”.
  • Fry till golden brown after which add the fried okra tops and fry for a few minutes.
  • Allow the mixture to cool down.
  • Transfer the mixture to a blender and add coconut and salt.  Grind to a coarse paste and transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Heat one tbsp of coconut oil, add mustard seeds and once they splutter add red chillies and a pinch of asafoetida.
  • Add this seasoning to the chutney and enjoy with hot rice or roti.

Recipe: Okra (ladies finger) top or Okra crown chutney

Recipe: Okra (ladies finger) top or Okra crown chutney

Recipe: Okra (ladies finger) top or Okra crown chutney

NOTES:

  • If the okra tops are not fried thoroughly, the chutney will have a sticky consistency.
  • Adjust the fenugreek level per your taste.  This will give the dish a bitter tinge.  If you are not a fan of the taste, you can eliminate it.
  • You can add curry leaves to the seasoning.

Click here and here for other recipes.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • 15 Non-toy Gift Ideas for Kids

    Non-toy Gift Ideas Kids

    With Christmas just two weeks away, the pressure is on. And if your kids or the kids you’re buying for are like my kids, they really don’t NEED anything. Read more

    The 11 December 2018 by   Thesamanthashow
    LIFESTYLE, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Handle with Care: Consolidating Bill Traylor’s Artwork

    Conservator Catherine Maynor has extensive expertise caring for works on paper at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, including many by self-taught artists,... Read more

    The 11 December 2018 by   Americanart
    ART & DESIGN, CULTURE
  • Recipe: South African Three Bean Salad1 Min Read

    Recipe: South African Three Bean Salad1 Read

    Summer in South Africa means Braai - their word for BBQ. This light and bright salad makes the ideal complement to traditional BBQ fare. Serve it alongside... Read more

    The 11 December 2018 by   Healthytravelblog
    TRAVEL
  • December 12th - Freebies!

    December 12th Freebies!

    December 12th is... Gingerbread House Day, National Ding A Ling Day (1971), National Ambrosia Day, National Cocoa Day, National Poinsettia Day (1851), First... Read more

    The 11 December 2018 by   Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt
    FAMILY, FINANCE, SHOPPING
  • Video: Africa's Okavango Delta in 360 Degrees

    Video: Africa's Okavango Delta Degrees

    360º video can be an amazing tool for delivering a unique experience. Case in point, the clip below takes us to Africa to visit the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Read more

    The 11 December 2018 by   Kungfujedi
    OUTDOORS
  • Human Missing Link Actually Missing in South Africa

    Human Missing Link Actually South Africa

    Taung, the first Australopithecus discovered, had an brain cast South Africa is home of the original "missing link" of human evolution. It's where Raymond Dart... Read more

    The 11 December 2018 by   Reprieve
    BIOLOGY, SCIENCE
  • Bell UH-1H Iroquois

    Bell UH-1H Iroquois

    @ Nut Tree Airport, CA September 2018 A tired Huey on outdoor display at the Center for Freedom Flight located at the Nut Tree Airport in Fairfield, CA. Read more

    The 11 December 2018 by   Htam
    PHOTOGRAPHY, SOCIETY

Magazines