Bhendi Bhaji / Stir fry Okra

Bhendi Bhaji
Some might dislike Okra/Lady's Finger/Bhindi for its sliminess.  But in my family, everyone loves Bhendi. Every time I visit our local Indian store, I definitely pick fresh Okra. We relish Bhindi in a variety of ways - a Konkani style coconut curry Bhenda Ghash, spicy North Indian Masala Bhindi, stuffed Okra Bharwa Bhindi or this quick stir fry. If you are an Okra fan too, you must give this simple recipe a try.

Okra/Bhindi - 400 gm
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafetida/Hing - 1/4 tsp
Cayenne Pepper/Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Chat Masala or Aamchur - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp

How to stir fry Okra:
  • Wash the okra well and pat them dry. If time permits, set it aside for 4 - 5 hours, so that all moisture is lost. Slice the okra into round medium slices or cut each one lengthwise into 4 parts.
  • Heat 2 - 3 tbsp oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, asafetida. When mustard seeds pop, add sliced okra. 
  • After okra gets cooked, add salt, chat masala, cayenne pepper. Sauté until okra darkens and turns crisp.
  • Serve Bhendi Bhaaji with chapati or rice. Garnish with shredded coconut if you like.


  1. Easy stir fry, as you said, tastes great with curd rice..

  2. This one is my husband's favourites...Very common in our food menu..its really very easy and tasty too....

  3. yUMMM. Urs look very very tempting. My hubby's fav item.

  4. i love chapati have to try this curry
    hi uma how are you oing

  5. Uma I love LF.... nd this is a new way to make it will try :)

  6. Very simple and my all time favourite ..
    It looks perfect

  7. love any stir fry, it will be so simple to do and tasty as well

  8. Haiiii!!! Uma,, my faaav veggie is okra but hard am cooking this one dear here i don't get this veggie frequently,,even me too cook okra like this dry fry it goes well with rasam n curd rice..ur's came out very crispy dear...thanks for sharing n keep smiling..

  9. Lovely stir fry, I too love with curd rice :)

  10. I love okra too. I often stir fry it too. I love spices. Will add that next time.

  11. Stir fry looks awesome! Must taste great with Roti!When I make stir fry out of this okra, i don't cut them, rather put slits on it to avoid that excessive stickiness.

  12. uma the bindi stir fry looks delicious.i like any okra dish .this dried version of okra stir fry is really yumy hus liked this kind of dried sure will try this,indian grocery shopping,one must buy vegetable in our list is okra.never had it with chapathi.

  13. hi uma they are tongue twisters they are very difficult to spell

    just for fun i posted that

    how are you today
    hey thanks for comment

  14. Simple and delicious stirfry bhindi, love it..

  15. Thanks Swapna, PS, Kamalika, Suhaina, Smsjar, Aps, Pavithra, Sushma, Sathya, Sridevi, Ms Chitchat, MaryMoh, Harman, Cool Lassie, Prani, Priya for appreciating a simple recipe.

    Knk, the tongue twisters were interesting and confusing :)

  16. simple and easy stir fry. my fav.

  17. That's a delicious quick okra fry :-)

  18. Uma,

    This is my favourite. I like it with sambar, rasam.. Even my 14mos twins also like it with rice and ghee.

  19. Nice okra dish.Never used chaat masla in okra very innovative.

  20. simple and looks very nice with roti

  21. Hey Cool Lassie, slits wont work for me.. i wont be able to check for worms.

    Thanks Kshipra, Gulmohar,B, Mini,, Krishnaveni for the lovely words.


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