Bhendi Chutney / Okra Coconut Chutney

Bhendi Chutney
When we like something at a restaurant or at a friend's party, we usually end up trying it in our kitchen. This is one of the recipes which we tasted at our place of worship Shri LakshmiNarayan Mahamaya Devasthan (Temple) in Ankola, Karnataka. Since then my Mom started making this as a side dish with our meals.

Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Phutane/Split Dalia/Roasted Chickpeas - 1 tbsp (optional)
Tamarind pulp - 1/4 tsp
Green Chillies - 5
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dry Red Chillies - 2
Oil preferably Coconut Oil
Okra/Bhindi - 10

How to prepare Okra Coconut Chutney:
  • Wash Okra, Curry leaves and pat them dry.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadhai/wok and fry the medium sliced okra with little salt till crisp. Save it for later.
South Indian Coconut Chutney
  • Recipe of Coconut Chutney: In the same kadhai, roast the slit green chilies with little oil till they turn glazed. Grind grated coconut, split dalia, roasted green chilies, tamarind and salt to a fine or slightly coarse paste.
  • For tempering/tadka/phaNa, heat 1 - 2 tsp oil in a kadhai. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chillies and asafoetida. Turn off the heat when mustard seeds pop and add ground coconut chutney to it. If you do not like the tempering, substitute the tempering with ginger and add it while grinding coconut.
  • Mix fried okra with the chutney and enjoy with dosas, idlis or as a side dish with meals.


  1. Hi uma,thanks for dropping by and leaving such a lovely comment...lovely dish using okra,loved the ingredients used in your a konkani??

  2. aamchigeles will definitely like this..

  3. wow..very new to a lovely space here

  4. Okra in coconut chutney!!!! never thought of this.very different idea.

  5. Uma
    I forgot to inform you about the javitri.It is a spice which is used particularly in garam masala has very strong aroma.It is called as nutmeg in English.Any way since you have asked i will also update the english name in my blog.

  6. sorry it is called as mace not nutmeg.Nutmeg is optional here.

  7. Thanks Subhashini!.. I appreciate it.

  8. Sounds Different and looks easy and delicious!!!!!!!Uma.

  9. I too prepare the same dish. But, I prefer to add a little piece of ginger while grinding. Cucumber and tomatoes also go well in this chutney.


  10. Hey Ms.Chitchat, I have tasted with finely chopped cucumber too.. ginger n tomatoes r new for me.. thanks for ur valuable feedback..


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