Sunday, September 12, 2010

94th Week of BSI - OKRA - Announcing the event

Hello friends,

I am happy to announce to this wonderful event called BSI.  This was passed to me by my dear blogger friend, Sanyukta. Thanks sweet for considering me for this hosting.

BSI stands for Blogger Segret Ingredient and is started by Biz. The story behind this event is that each week the chosen host will pick up an ingredient of his/her choice which has not been chosen as BSI before. To participate in this event you need to send recipes using the chosen ingredients and at the end of the week the host announces the winner and passes on the event to the next host.

This week's ingredient is OKRA....

Okra contains vitamins A and C and is a good source of iron and calcium. It also contains starch, fat, ash, thiamine and riboflavin. No wonder, Cleopatra and Yang Guifei maintained their beauties.
For 1/2 cup sliced, cooked okraFor 1 cup raw okra
Calories – 25Dietary Fiber – 2 gramsProtein – 1.52 gramsCarbohydrates – 5.76 gramsVitamin A – 460 IUVitamin C – 13.04 mgFolic acid – 36.5 microgramsCalcium – 50.4 mgIron – 0.4 mgPotassium – 256.6 mgMagnesium – 46 mgCalories – 33Fiber – 3.2gTotal Fat – 0.1gProtein – 2.0gCarbohydrate – 7.6gVitamin A – 660 IUVitamin C – 21mgFolate – 87.8mcgMagnesium – 57mg

Health Benefits of Okra

  1. The superior fiber found in okra helps to stabilize the blood sugar by curbing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.
  2. Okra's mucilage binds cholesterol and bile acid carrying toxins dumped into it by the filtering liver.
  3. Okra helps lubricate the large intestines due to its bulk laxative qualities. The okra fiber absorbs water and ensures bulk in stools. This helps prevent and improve constipation. Unlike harsh wheat bran, which can irritate or injure the intestinal tract, okra's mucilage soothes, and okra facilitates elimination more comfortably by its slippery characteristic. Okra binds excess cholesterol and toxins (in bile acids). These, if not evacuated, will cause numerous health problems. Okra also assures easy passage out of waste from the body. Okra is completely non-toxic, non-habit forming, has no adverse side effects, is full of nutrients, and is economically within reach of most individuals unlike over-the-counter drugs.
  4. Okra fiber is excellent for feeding the good bacteria (probiotics). This contributes to the health of the intestinal tract.
  5. Okra is a supreme vegetable for those feeling weak, exhausted, and suffering from depression.
  6. Okra is used for healing ulcers and to keep joints limber. It helps to neutralize acids, being very alkaline, and provides a temporary protective coating for the digestive tract.
  7. Okra treats lung inflammation, sore throat, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  8. Okra has been used successfully in experimental blood plasma replacements.
  9. Okra is good for summer heat treatment.
  10. Okra is good for constipation.
  11. Okra is good in normalizing the blood sugar and cholesterol level.
  12. Okra is good for asthma. Okra's vitamin C is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which curtail the development of asthma symptoms.
  13. Okra is good for atherosclerosis.
  14. Okra is believed to protect some forms of cancer expansion, especially colorectal cancer.
  15. Eating okra helps to support the structure of capillaries.
  16. Some information shows that eating okra lowers the risk of cataracts.
  17. Okra is good for preventing diabetes.
  18. Okra protects you from pimples and maintains smooth and beautiful skin.
Whew !!! Aren't those a lot of reasons why we should be using OKRA in our cooking :)

How and When:

  • Main or one of the ingredients of your recipe should be OKRA.
  • Posting the logo is mandatory.
  • Anyone can participate, you don't need to have a food blog to participate in this event.
  • Non Bloggers can simply send me there entries with there name and detailed recipe @
  • If you have an archived recipe,repost and send me the link.
  • Please link your entries to this post.
  • No Limit for no of entries.
  • Last date to send entries is Sunday,12th September2010.
I will announce the winner on Sunday 12th September,2010 and also the name of the next host who would like to host the next weeks (95th Week) BSI.

Winner wil get a virtual card with his/her name.

Here are our previous hosts:
Week 93: Creative Sanyukta - Milk
Week 92:  Chilli & Chocolate - Pistachio
Week 91: The Southern Cookbook – Butter
Week 90: Recipe Rhapsody - Flour
(also: Quips, Travails and Braised Oxtails - Black Eyed Peas)
Week 89: Debbi Does Dinner Healthy - Ground Turkey
(also: Chacko’s Kitchen - Garbanzo Beans)
Week 88:  Hema – Onions
Week 87: Quips, Travails & Braised Oxtails – Black Eyed Peas
Week 86:  Making Good Choices – Applesauce
Week 85: Non-Dairy Queen - Raspberries
Week 84:  Healthy Exposures - Bulgar Wheat
Week 83:  Clarity in Creation – Peaches
Week 82: Mo’s Kitchen - Rice
Week 81: Waisting Duxie - Swiss Chard
Week 80: Fuss Free Flavours - Capers
Week 79:  Jenn Cuisine - Honey
Week 78: Living Free - Cashews
Week 77: Affairs of Living – Artichokes
Week 76:  One Frugal Foodie - Sunflower Seeds
Week 75: Part of the Whole - Beets
Week 74: Dinner at Christina’s - Sour Cream
Week 73: The Chef in My Head - Goat Cheese
Week 72: 5 Star Foodie - Asparagus
Week 71: Eats Well With Others – Carrots
Week 70: Burp and Slurp - Brussel Sprouts
Week 69:  Fun Fearless Foodie – Parmesan Cheese
Week: 68:  Natalie’s Killer Cuisine - Cocoa Powder
Week 67:  Eat, Live, Travel, Write - Lemon Zest
Week 66: Travel Eat Love - Coconut Milk
Week 65: Run Beans Run - Tofu
Week 64: Chicago Marathon Val - Mushrooms
Week 63: Biggest Diabetic Loser – Cheddar Cheese
Week 62: A Fit and Spicy Life – Balsamic Vinegar
Week 61: Peanut Butter Fingers - Nutmeg
Week 60:  Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now - Garlic
Week 59:  Home Cooked Em – Cinnamon
Week 58: The Balanced Broad – Flax
Week 57: Cookin Fanatic - Blue Cheese
Week 56:  Foodie in the City - Ricotta Cheese
Week 55:  Savvy Eats - Maple Syrup
Weel 54: Sound Eats - Dried Fruit
Week 53: Mega Nerd Runs - Acorn Squash
Week 52: Healthy Tipping Point - Pancake Mix
Week 51: Live, Laugh Eat - Almond Butter
Week 50: Balance, Joy and Delicias! – Cauliflower
Week 49: Healthy San Diego Living - Chickpeas
Week 48: Thought 4 Food - Yogurt
Week 47: London Foodie in New York - Chocolate
Week 46:  Johnstone’s Vin Blanc - Oats
Week 45: Guilty  Kitchen - Figs
Week 44: Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet - Peanut Butter
Week 43: The Sophisticated Gourmet - Brown Sugar
Week 42: My Kitchen Addiction – Lime
Week 41: Nutmeg Nanny – Coffee
Week 40: Chaya’s Comfy Cook – Broccoli
Week 39: Healthy Delicious – Plums
Week 38: Zoe - Feta
Week 37: ChezWhat- Potatoes
Week 36: Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice – Blueberries
Week 35: Girlichef -Greens
Week 34: The Ungourmet – Watermelon
Week 33: Bread + Butter – Bell Pepper
Week 32: Burp and Slurp -Corn
Week 31: Say Yes to Salad – Kabocha
Week 31 1/2: Simply Fabulous Now – Cherries
Week 30: Thinspired – Bananas
Week 29: To Be The Whole Package – Almonds
Week 28: Kristas Kravings – Lemon
Week 27: From French Fries To Flax Seeds – Coconut
Week 26: Plentiful Plants – Avocado
Week 25: Training Fuel – Eggs
Week 24: Dinner at Christina’s – Cabbage
Week 23: Hey What’s for Dinner, Mom? – Strawberries
Week 22: One Bite at a Time – Basil
Week 21: Just Sweet Enough – Black Beans
Week 20: What I Ate Yesterday – Kale
Week 19: What’s for Dinner – Orange
Week 18: BranAppetit! –Spinach
Week 17: Tales of Expansion Dates
Week 16: Biggest Diabetic Loser – Zucchini
Week 15: Sweet & Natural –Peppermint
Week 14: bella eats [and runs] – Ginger
Week 13: Coffee Talk – Walnuts
Week 12: For the Love of Oats – Pumpkin
Week 11: Trying to Heal – Sweet Potatoes
Week 9: Itzy’s Kitchen – Pears
Week 8: The Fitnessista – Cranberries
Week 7: Tri to Cook – Lentils
Week 6: Rhodey Girl Tests – Polenta
Week 5: Eating Bender – Butternut Squash
Week 4: Care to Eat – Apples
Week 3: On a Lobster Placemat – Mushrooms
Week 2: Hangry Pants – Tomatoes
Week 1: sportsnutritionliving – Quinoa

Please check below for all the mouth watering recipes with OKRA as a main ingredient. Thanks to all the blogger friends who participated and made this a success.

As a rule to this event, now I need to choose a winner. Let me tell you, it was very difficult as all 11 entries were better than the next one. But, this is one entry that took me by awe and I was super excited just to visually enjoy it and is the first one in my list to try it out of OKRA recipes that I will try. It is from my very good blogger friend Aipi called Paneer Bharvan Bhindi (Paneer stuffed Okra).  Please do visit her blog for all her wonderful and mouth watering recipes.

Aipi, please except this token of gesture from me. Please accept it.

Please do check this recipe and all other 10 mouth watering recipes.

Next host in BSI series is Ruchika Cooks with the star ingredient as PANEER (COTTAGE CHEESE). Please head over heals to her blog to check the event announcement and her vast collection of delicacies. Please send as many entries as you can. Happy hosting Ruchika :)
Keep cooking. That's all for now. Take care till next post.


Nivedita Thadani said...

Wow, I never knew about so many benefits of these beautiful lady finger. See where ever there is LADY there is more benefit.
I am in Priya, wait for my entry.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

thanks for hosting this weeks BSI..healthy choice...wil send my entries soon...

Sweet ARtichoke said...

ohoh, I love okras! Very good choice, and happy hosting, dear Priya!
Will try to send my entry!

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Wow thats a lot of Health info!!!! Have one in my archive, sending it now!!!

Biz said...

Thanks for hosting this week - I've updated my BSI page :D

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

Hi! I don't know if you have a plan of you hosts BSI next time, but I would love to be considered! I've never hosted before.

Thanks so much. I'll have to put my thinking cap on for Okra!

aipi said...

Yay..Yay..Yay!!I am so excited this is my first win in the virtual world and I am so proud as it is my mom's recipe..
Thank you Priya for liking the dish and the certificate..You are a darling :))

US Masala

Rumana Rawat said...

very interesting event... will send it soon:(

Saritha said...

My all love okra,i tell my kids if u eat okra you will do good in ur studies.Never knew about okra health benifits. :)

Torviewtoronto said...

congrats Api
lovely okra dishes to try

ruchikacooks said...

Congrats to api, nice round up priya.

Net was down at home, thought something was better than nothing, was doing it on the phone u know ;)

Namitha said...

Congrats Aipi..that stuffed bhendi looks seriously good


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