Friday, August 28, 2009

Of Okra @ Bendi or Lady finger...

In Malaysia and some other part of Asia this vegetable is known as Bendi or Lady Finger whereas in the West it is commonly known as Okra. It is one of the unique vegetable that is either you loved it or you don't; don't probably because of it stickiness. Cook or steam properly it would turn out to be a really tasty vegetable. Add it whole in a Fish Curry it would gives a distinct flavor to that curry that no other vegetable could. Chopped it up and fry it crisp in oil, it made great add on when eating rice or you just chopped it and fried like you did with the other vegetables, it would taste just as good. In fact this one vegetable could be use in so many ways to wet one appetite. I love it when it is added into a Fish Curry. It does not go well with a Meat Curry though. A simple way to enjoy this vegetable is just to boil it for a short while and eats it as a dip with sauce or Sambal Belacan [Shrimp Paste Sauce] to go with white rice. So folks try out this wonder of a vegetable that could be easily grown even in pots. The Okra is an old vegetable that has been with us since time immemorial. Above is the image of young Okra that grows in our garden with a little green bug squatting on it. I took the above images using the macro lens and sharing it here for all to enjoy. Have a nice day.

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Pak Idrus said...

Anonymous[2:02PM], thanks for the visit and the good words on my kind of blogging.

Have a nice day.

all-in-one said...

Dear PI,

Love checking your pics, simply amazing, at times I can imagine smelling it too. Coming from a sambal-belacan and cili-padi eating family, we used to grown our own lady fingers and brinjals too, boiled and top with fried onion. Can show how various tree bark looks like under your camera?

Pak Idrus said...

all-in-one, thanks for the visit and the good words on my kind of photography.

I am indeed glad that you enjoy this posting and the images. Actually I did enjoy taking those images. Still learning the best way to get a better image of nature.

Yes Sambal Belacan and Chli padi are one of those special that our family enjoy too although I have reduce to taking the Sambal Belacan for health reason.

Have a nice and take care.

bnaipal said...

I agree with you - the Okra is a very tasty vegetable - especially in Fish Curry.I am already feeling hungry!

Pak Idrus said...

bnaipal, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting.

Yes Okra in Fish Curry is heaven.

Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

I was told that Okra has properties which help line the stomach and negate the acidic effect of the stomach juices....

cheers - jo

Pak Idrus said...

Anonymous, Jo thanks for the visit and sharing your knowledge on the medicinal properties of the Okra.

If only we all concentrate more on eating such vegetable and less of red meat we would surely be more healthy.

Have a nice day and take care.

H J Angus said...

pak idrus
You are a good photographer - I suggest you should contact local publishers to get an album published.
Okra ... that's one of my favourite veggies - in curries, fried with prawns and belachan and yong tow foo.

Pak Idrus said...

H J Angus, thanks for the visit and the good words on my kind of photography. I am enjoying it and sharing it for others to enjoy it too. At this period of my journey of life sharing made me felt good and glad that it made other happy too.

I am thinking of producing a book on my photography and thanks for the reminder.

As for the Bendi, it is really one other the tasty vegetable that we all enjoy. I am glad that we both have the same taste.

Have a nice day and take care.