It’s one of the most common ingredients in an Indian kitchen, but Bhindi, Okra or lady’s finger is never thought of as something that’s nutritious. But the fact remains it is one of the best vegetables to eat during the rainy season.

Not only is it a great source of iron, calcium and magnesium, it’s great for lowering bad cholesterol levels, since it contains no cholesterol and saturated fats

Bhindi is a great source of fibre and this is evident when it’s being cooked too. It helps with the digestive system and is a great way of naturally ridding yourself of constipation

Since it is very low in calories, it can be eaten in a good amount without making you feeling bloated. For every 100 grams of okra there are only 30 calories. Hence, it’s a great food to incorporate in your diet if you’re looking to lose weight.

For those who work out, the antioxidants in okra are great to keep the free radicals away and keep your protein cells functioning normally.

A great source of vitamin A, it keeps your skin and vision in good condition as well. There is evidence showing okra to have anti-diabetic properties. Finally, it’s a good source of Vitamin K which is essential for bone health and is important for bone clotting.

The important thing about cooking with okra is knowing that you need to make it right to keeps the nutrients that makes this a healthy vegetable intact. If you have an oven, then making okra becomes as easy and put it and forget it.

What you will need

1. Half a kilo of okra, sliced in half
2. Salt to taste
3. Pepper
4. 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade. Lay out the okra on a baking tray, drizzle olive oil and add the salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Pull out, serve, eat.

We absolutely love this recipe. It doesn’t involve any heavy masalas which usually leave you feeling gassy or frying in any oil.  The vegetable comes out of the oven hot and delicious, cooked with the most basic ingredients. And this is a neat twist from the Bhindi Fry or Bhindi Masala that one would usually have at home.

Image: Kham Tran | CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

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