30 ladies finger (bhindi)
1 tbsp 
mustard (rai / sarson) oil
1/2 tbsp 
1 tsp 
panch phoran , refer handy tip
salt to taste
1/2 tsp 
turmeric powder (haldi)
1 1/2 tsp 
chilli powder
1 cup 
sliced onions
slit green chillies


  1. Wash and clean the ladies fingers. Slice off their stem and tip, and cut into two horizontally. Slit each half into two, without separating them. Keep aside.
  2. Combine the mustard oil and refined oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for high for 1 minute.
  3. Add the panch phoran, mix well and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the ladies fingers and salt, mix well and microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring once after 1½ minutes.
  5. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, onions, green chillies and ¼ cup of water, mix well and microwave on high for 4 minutes, stirring once in between after 2 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.

Handy tip

  1. To make panch phoran (approx 1/3 cup), combine 1 tbsp onion seeds (kalonji), 1 tbsp mustard seeds (rai / sarson), 1 tbsp fenugreek (methi) seeds, 1 tbsp fennel seeds (saunf) and 1 tbsp cumin seeds (jeera) and mix well. Use as required.
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