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Bhenda Ghash (Okra Coconut Curry)

konkani bhenda ghash
A North Canara Konkani coconut curry with okra or bhindi.  Less spicy, creamy curry tastes great with steamed rice.  One of my Aai's recipes which I just love.

Okra/Lady's finger/Bhindi - 450 gms
Chopped Ginger - 1/2 tsp
Green Chillies - 2
Split Black Gram/Urad dal - 1/8 tsp
Fenugreek/Methi seeds - 1/8 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Jaggery or Brown sugar - 1 tsp

Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Coriander/Dhania seeds - 1 tbsp
Dry Red Chillies (Byadagi variety) - 5
Tamarind - small piece
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp

1. Roast red chillies, coriander seeds with few drops of oil till they turn  golden brown and aromatic. 
2. Grind roasted red chillies, roasted coriander seeds, grated coconut, tamarind, turmeric to a fine paste using about 1/2 cup water.
3. Heat about 1 tsp oil in a skillet or kadhai. Add mustard, fenugreek, black gram seeds. After the seeds pop, add diced (medium size) okra, finely chopped ginger and saute for a minute or two.  Add about 1 cup water.
4. When the okra gets cooked, add ground coconut paste, lengthwise slit green chillies, jaggery and salt.  Add more jaggery if you like it more sweet.  Mix well and cook it at low flame for about 5 minutes.  Add more water if required and cook till you get the desired consistency.
5. Serve hot Bhende Ghash with steamed rice or roti/chapati.


  1. okra curry is looking super good. never tried okra with coconut..will try sometime

  2. this is my fav recipe, loved it

  3. thats so delicious one. my favorite veggie

  4. okra curry looks yummie..adding coconut to the gravy is something new and unique to me..must try this way sometime..thanks for sharing.

  5. I love the creamy and delicious gravy looks so tasty.

  6. yummy yumm to have this with rice...

  7. Sounds delicious.....perfect with hot rice....

  8. Never tried this before.This recipe looks tempting.Thanks for sharing....

  9. curry looks gr8. cooking okra this way is new to me. Thanks for sharing authentic Konkani cuisine.

  10. bhendi curry sounds delicious uma

  11. love okra and coconut. this looks very tasty Uma. you have a great blog here.

  12. Delicious okra curry..flavorful and yummy.

  13. looks very tempting!something new!

  14. Those okra's look delicious! Awesome flavors, I'm sure!


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