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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Qorma Baamia

Baamia is nothing but our bhindi/okra in Afghan. 'Qorma Baamia' - Baby Okra cooked in rich tomato-onion puree! We had this gravy a few weeks back at Afghani Restaurant, and it was finger-licking good.

We are Okra-Lovers!!! I love experimenting on this versatile vegetable - Okra (bhindi) every now n then... I tried Achaari Bhindi, Dahi Bhindi, Paneer Stuffed Bhindi, Stir-fried Bhindi n many more!!! But so far, I never imagined myself cooking bhindi in gravy directly :P Tried to make a ditto copy of the dish for dinner & BINGO! It was as good as that restaurant served...

Makes: 4 servings


500 gm Baby Okra (Bhindi)
2 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1 Ripen Tomato
1 Big Onion
2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1 tsp Kasoori Methi
2 tsp Pomegranate (Anaardana) Powder
1 tsp Red Chilly Powder
1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
1 cup Hot Water
2 tsp Cooking Oil
Salt, to taste


- Wash and pat dry baby okra with a kitchen towel. (Thaw baby okra if frozen)
- Trim them from top (remove the cap of okra) and end points.
- Roughly cut tomato, onion into cubes and make a smooth paste in mixture jar.
- Heat oil in a deep-pan and add ginger-garlic paste.
- Mix tomato-onion paste along with hot water into it and cook for around 2 mins.
- Add baby okra (bhindi) and salt, turmeric powder. Mix everything well and cover with a lid.
- Cook it for 12-15 mins till they are soft and tender.
- Add rest of all spices into it with tomato ketchup and stir well. Cook for 2 more mins.
- Transfer it to as serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves. 
- Ready to serve with any sort of paratha or naan!!!


- A smooth gravy is required for this subzi so add water as required.
- It's traditionally served with 'Afghani Naan', recipe for which will be posted soon :) 
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  1. delicious droolworthy recipe. U have a nice blog. U can visit my blog and give ur valuable comments.

  2. this is also the way Iranis make it, they add beef into it and it just tastes out of the world! looks really yumm... thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. wonderful curry with okra...loving this

  4. Wow, you are tempting me with various okra preparations, must try this sometime at home. :)


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