Bindi Masala

Special Edition: Jaishree Cooks Bindi Masala!

Mel Hadida has just returned from India after having spent a few weeks at the Sambhavna Trust Clinic in Bhopal. Bhopal is the sight of the notorious Union Carbide tragedy of 1984. Mel donates her precious time to the Sambhavna Trust Clinic, where she developes programs designed to engage young boys and girls, along with their families, still suffering the consequences of the terrible events which transpired back in 1984. What Mel gives to Bhopal, Bhopal clearly gives back in spades. As a follower and fan of Mel’s blog, she has shared over the years a wealth of wonderful experiences and awesome local recipes. She’s done so with some great writing and fantastic pictures. Her latest instalment in a case is point. Enjoy

What Would Jaishree Do?

I went back to Beautiful Bhopal for a couple weeks and as always, one of the highlights of my time spent at the Sambhavna Trust Clinic   was dinner every night prepared by the delightful Jaishree.


Normally I would just spend the hours between 6:00 and 9:00 patiently waiting in anticipation of what she will be cooking for dinner, but one day, while I was waiting to get the frayed edges of a newly purchased scarf sewn up, I saw this:


OKRA!!! Bindi, as they call it here. I could not resist. I purchased one kilo of the stuff for 40 rupees (approximately 40p or 80 cents) and brought the bag home to present to Jaishree when she arrived with her son Jimy to make dinner. I had a request; Bindi Masala.

Of course, it had to be a little makeshift. I am used to tomatoes in my bindi masala but…

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