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Tender ladies fingers stuffed with besan and other spices make this traditional Gujarati dish a favorite.
ladies finger (bhindi) :- 250 gms
besan (Bengal gram flour) :- 1/2 cup
turmeric powder (haldi) :- 1/4 tsp
chilli powder :- 1 tsp
coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder :- 1 tsp
chopped coriander (dhania) :- 2 tbsp
cumin seeds (jeera) :- 1/2 tsp
asafoetida (hing) :- 1/4 tsp
oil :- 1 tbsp
salt to taste
In a pan, combine the gram flour, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander-cumin seed powder and salt and cook over a medium flame till it is golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove, cool and add the sugar and coriander.
Trim the ends of the bhindi and slit them lengthwise.
Fill these slits with the roasted gram flour mixture and cut each bhindi into 25 mm. (1") long pieces.
Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the asafoetida.
Add the stuffed bhindi pieces and salt and cook, uncovered, over a medium flame for 10 to 15 minutes till they are done.
serve it hot with chapatti.