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see mallowmallow,
common name for members of the Malvaceae, a family of herbs and shrubs distributed over most of the world and especially abundant in the American tropics. Tropical species sometimes grow as small trees.
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Also called Ochro, Okoro, Quimgombo, Quingumbo, Ladies Fingers and Gumbo. Hibiscus-like flowers and seed pods that are delicious when picked young and tender. Eat raw, steamed of cooked.. Ripe seeds have been used as a substitute for coffee and can be dried and powdered for storage. In Mallow family so its very mucilaginous, meaning it emits a slimy goo when cooked. Very good for you, high in fiber, unsaturated fats, oleic and linoleic acids.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(Hibiscus esculentus), an annual plant of the mallow family. Height to 1.5 m; it is similar to the cotton plant in its outward appearance and flowers. It is native to East Africa. The unripe, podlike fruits are used for food as vegetables, rough fibers are extracted from the stalks, and a coffee substitute is prepared from the seeds. It is cultivated in tropical and subtropical countries, North America, and southern Europe. In the USSR it is grown in the Transcaucasian region.


Berliand, S. S. “K agrobiologicheskomu izucheniiu bamii.” In Lubianye kul’tury. Moscow, 1950.
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Hibiscus esculentus. A tall annual plant grown for its edible immature pods. Also known as gumbo.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. an annual malvaceous plant, Hibiscus esculentus, of the Old World tropics, with yellow-and-red flowers and edible oblong sticky green pods
2. the pod of this plant, eaten in soups, stews, etc.
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Bhindi (lady finger) is available at Rs120 as against Rs80 per kg.
The mammal was rescued and later released in the Indus River near Katcho Bhindi. The rescued dolphin was said to be 3.1 feet long.
Victim's mother, Nasreen while speaking to ANI said, "We had come to Bhindi Bazaar area to celebrate Eid, the accused was sitting beside me, when the niyash (food offering) was being offered, the accused asked me to take the offering and asked me to hand over my child saying that she will take care of her but as soon as I came back, the accused fled with her."
Vegetarian options include Aloo Brinjal -- aubergines and potatoes cooked in a special masala -- and Bhindi Bhai, a 'dry' curry with okra, tomatoes and spices.
What makes the eatery more particular is its carefully crafted daily menu with special dishes of the day, such as Keema Karela, Bhindi ghosht, Khadu ghosht, Daal Maash and Daal Makani.
Beloved worldwide, okra dons many different monikers, including lady's fingers, gumbo, and bhindi. Starring in many international and regional dishes, okra is not only culturally significant, it's also a nutritional powerhouse.
Take Basanti & Co., whose vivid pops of color are jazzing up the dining scene in the suburb of Versova; the interiors are awash in chevron patterns and splashed in teal, marigold, and fuchsia, a look that pairs well with modern takes on North Indian classics from the city of Lucknow--think bhindi naintara (okra), kulcha (bread) stuffed with lamb, and the signature chicken or lamb biryani.
Bharwan Bhindi Stuffed Okra Origin: Punjab * Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 20-25 minutes * Serves 4 Ingredients 500 g / 1 lb., 2 oz.
Star dishes include the alphonso lassi, a kairi karari bhindi, made with fried mango and okra with Indian spices, as well as a mango chicken tikka and a raw mango and coconut prawn curry.