Masala Bhindi (Okra)

Indian bhindi masala
Hey everyone! Hope all is well!
My Indian grocery haul is incomplete without okra. Our local store has fresh Bhendi most weekends. This week I made Bhendi Masala with Chapati for our weekday lunch.

Okra/Lady's Finger/Bhindi - 350 gm
Onion - 1 large
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Coriander Seeds/Dhania - 1 1/2 tbsp
Fennel Seeds/Saunf - 1 tsp
White Sesame Seeds/Til - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder/Cayenne Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Aamchur or Chat Masala - 1/4 tsp

How to cook Indian Bhindi Masala:
  • Wash okra and pat them dry. Let the okra dry for 4 - 5 hours. Cut the head and tail parts of okra. Dice each one into 2 or 3 pieces. Finely chop onions.
  • Grind coriander seeds, fennel seeds and sesame seeds to a fine powder. Puree the tomatoes and ginger.
  • Heat 2 - 3 tbsp oil in a pan and add diced okra. Sauté okra till they turn slightly brown. Save them for later.
  • In the same pan heat 1 tbsp oil. Add cumin seeds. After few seconds, add chopped onions, little salt and turmeric. Sauté till onions turn tender.
  • Now add tomato puree, coriander fennel sesame powder, cayenne pepper and chat masala. Add garam masala or your favorite spice mix as well. Sauté till moisture is lost, about 7 minutes at low flame.
  • Lastly, add fried okra and salt. (Add salt keeping in mind salt was added earlier while frying onions.) Mix gently and cook for 3 - 5 minutes at low flame.
Garnish with cilantro and serve Bhendi Masala with roti or rice.


  1. Slurp,fingerlicking bhindi masala..

  2. Oh YUMMY! That looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

  3. Bindi masala looks so yummy..spicy and delicious.

  4. I love bhindi in any form. Loved your version

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  5. Yummy okra curry! Love okras and I too, have just posted one okra recipe!!

  6. interesting and healthy one...perfect with chapathi!

  7. wow thats really delicious,luks very tempting!

  8. I like this idea of frying it up first. No wonder I can never manage to prepare this without the Okra all broken up :-)
    Much like you do with bitter guard.
    Only downside is that, it takes a lot more oil than Normal, don't you think? I don't like to be using too much oil.

    Also I like Okra fritters with a thin batter.

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  9. Hi Tony,

    I agree frying requires more oil, but okra doesnt taste good without frying. I use olive oil for frying which reduces some calories.


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