Here is a fun fact. While badam in Hindi refers to only almond, Bengalis classify every variety of nuts as badam. Kaju Badam is cashew, Kaath Badam is almond, Cheena badam is peanut and hence the name of the dish. Cheena Badam Bhendi (Bengali Style Okra with Peanuts) is an easy to prepare side with very minimal ingredients and it tastes delicious.
I enjoy okra mostly when it’s crunchy and crispy. So, either I stir-fry or deep-fry it. To tell you the truth, I don’t have a wide variety of okra recipe up my sleeve. The other day, when I was talking to Mom, she mentioned this Cheena Badam Bhendi. I always used to love this dish but somehow had completely forgotten about this dish. After taking a few key points from her, finally I gave it a go. It was so tasty that even my little fella, who otherwise gags on okra, enjoyed it.
Okra with Peanuts, Bengali Style
This Bengali style okra with peanuts has two key ingredients, okra and peanuts. It’s a very mildly spiced dish and you don’t want any other flavors to overpower the taste of peanuts. Also, toss around the okra gently so you don’t mush it up. The idea is to create a golden peanut crust on the sliced okras.
Few Key Notes about Okra with peanuts!
- You want to get the best quality okras that you can find. How to buy best quality okra? Look for bright green ones that will easily snap off at the tip like fresh green beans!
- It’s important to peel the peanuts else, it will give a bitter taste. Even if you buy peeled peanuts, you want to roast it before making the crumbs as it enhances the taste.
- If you are allergic to peanuts, you can swap it with any other variety of nuts.
- Allergic to nuts? Try using chickpea flour instead. Just follow the same recipe and instead of adding nut crumbs, add chickpea flour.
Paired with daal and rice, it’s a delicious healthy meal. And here are more Bengali dishes if you want to try!