Bhindi (Okra) Sambar

Dals/Lentils mixed with vegetables is a healthy and tasty combo and is a good change from the usual dal.  Leftover dal can also be used.

Okra/Bhindi - 250 gms
Mung Dal/Split Green Gram - 1/4 cup
Toor Dal/Yellow Pigeon Pea - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1 small
Tomato - 1 medium
Cilantro/Coriander leaves - few sprigs
Sambar powder - 1 tbsp
Cayenne pepper/Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/8 tsp

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida/Hing - 1/8 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Red chillies - 4

1. Wash the okra well and pat them dry.  Let it dry for 4 -5 hours.
2. Wash mung dal and toor dal and cook till soft.  Add medium chopped onions and tomatoes, turmeric and cook till tomatoes are mashed.
3. Cut the okra into medium slices.  Heat 2 tbsp oil in a heavy bottomed vessel and fry the okra till crisp.  Add little salt and saute for a minute.  Save the fried okra for later.
4. In the same vessel, heat a little oil.  Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida and red chillies.  When mustard seeds pop, add cooked dals, chopped cilantro, sambar powder, cayenne pepper (if required) and salt.  Bring it to a boil.
5. Add fried okra and bring it a boil.  If you like the okra too soft, cook it for a longer time.
6. Serve Bhindi Sambar with steamed rice.


  1. uma this is a good idea of adding moong dal to sambar.sure will give a good flavor to the sambar..okra is my any okra dish..delicious one..

  2. I love okra. This recipe sounds so good! Thanks for posting it!

  3. My favorite veggie in sambar. Looks so delicious

  4. ideal for idli and dosa too. I love okra in any form.

  5. Very interesting to use okra in sambhar but looks delicious..

  6. Great idea of adding moong dal and okra to sambar. looks tasty.

  7. Hi Uma,

    Yummy Okra Sambhar....what a coincidence ,I also posted sambhar.

  8. My favourite sambar..looks yumm!

  9. Woow!!! Uma,,nice okra sambar i like it very much for hot rice n appalam n also taste good with idli..

  10. This is my fav one ...nicely clicked dear.

  11. Nice version of bindi sambar. Would love to try ur recipe :):)

  12. My mom used to make this, but with only toor dal... your sambar looks tempting dear.

  13. I love this, but never made it myself :D

  14. love okra ... any time .. love the recipe

  15. Amma used to makee this nd i always love bhindi..... perfect javan wud be sambar piyava odi nd white rice :)

  16. Mmmm....okra is one of my favourite vegetables. I love it stir fried with eggs or cooked in curry....delicious. Love your dish good with rice.

  17. Thanks Prani, Krishnaveni, Linda, NS, Suhaina, Sushma, Kshipra, Aruna, Sridevi, Priya, Sathya, Jay, Ms.Chitchat, Faiza, Gulmohar, Preeti, Aps, Mary Moh for the lovely comments.

    Aps, piyava odis with sambar rice.. am drooling!

    MaryMoh, eggs with okra sounds interesting! will try that soon.

  18. ab bhindi sambhar ke saath...wah wah :)
    maja aayega :)
    ye recipe bhi note down ho gayi apne paas :)


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