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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bhindi Masala-Bhindi masala recipe-How to make bhindi masala

Ladies finger is one of my favorite vegetable. I love preparing this very simple bhindi masala/ladies finger masala as it goes well with both rice and roti. Today let us see how to prepare bhindi masala/Ladies finger recipe/Okra recipe/Vendakka masala following this easy recipe.

Bhindi Masala

Bhindi Masala

Bhindi Masala

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategorySide Dish-Ladies finger
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Ladies finger -500 grams (tender ones)
   Onion - 2 thinly sliced
   Tomato - 2 finely chopped
   Green Chilli - 1-2 slit
   Oil - 1 tbsp for frying bhindi

   Spice powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Coriander powder - 2 1/2 tsp
   Cumin/Jeera powder - 1 tsp
   Red chilli powder - 1 tsp or as needed
   Garam masala - 1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 -2 1/2 tbsp
   Cumin/jeera seeds -1 tsp


Wash ladies finger/okra well, wipe it dry with a clean towel, otherwise it will become sticky while cooking. Cut the base and the tip of the ladies finger. Then cut it into 2 inch long pieces.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a kadai and saute the ladies finger uncovered until it is half cooked or browns lightly. Keep it aside.


Heat oil in a pan /kadai, add cumin seeds, when it splutters, add onions, green chilli and saute until onions turn golden brown.

Then add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, salt needed and cook until tomatoes become mushy. If the masala mixture becomes dry, you can add a tbsp of water and continue cooking until tomatoes become mushy.

Then add ladies finger, cover and cook on low heat, stirring from time to time, until ladies finger/okra becomes soft.

Serve hot with chapati or rice or naan.

Variation - You can add a tsp of ginger-garlic paste after onions turn golden brown and saute for a few minutes until the raw flavor goes and then add tomatoes, if preferred. 

Tips -To avoid ladiesfinger/bhindi from becoming sticky while cooking, follow any one of the tips given below if needed.
  • Add a tsp of yoghurt /curd (plain) while cooking.
  • Add a little besan while cooking.
  • Add a few drops of lemon juice while cooking.
  • Cook bhindi uncovered for the first few minutes.
More lady'sfinger /okra /bhindi recipes

Stuffed Lady's finger

Vendakkai Poriyal (South Indian style)

Vendakkai Puli Kootu 

Vendakka Thayir Pachadi  (raita)

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  1. wow nice recipe...its a quick fix as well....great with chappati....i loed the simple but great lady's finger decorations.

  2. Okra is my fav too, padhu..Curry loks scrummy...

  3. Tasty bindi masala, loved ur presentation as usual.

  4. looks so yummy- fab presentation and great tips !!

  5. Looks very yummy and beautiful presentation as always.

  6. Wow, this looks so scrumptious!

  7. Love the okra masala recipe Padhu..

  8. Your bhindi looks so spicy n flavorful.liked the presentation a lot.

  9. Bhindi flower looks cute, masala looks delicious.

  10. Looks super delicious and spicy..my favorite veggie.

  11. inviting dish looking spicy and crunchy

  12. easy recipe, my fav too, and thanks for the tips

  13. Looks very inviting! Easy method too...

  14. Very tempting and wonderful looking....

  15. My favourite veggie. Bhindi masala looks yumm!!!!

  16. looks yummy, its my fav veggie!

  17. Yummy okra masala,love all the flavours in it.

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  19. Dear padhu
    How are you? Here after a long time.
    I like this recipe. Even if Vendi is very expensive now, I am going to try it.
    Let me see what all i have missed.
    Have a nice week

  20. My fave, veggie, the curry looks good.

  21. Sounds healthy and delicious!


  22. very yummy bindhi masala, love to have with curd rice

  23. adding tomato to okra its new to me but i try it today. it came out very nice with your arachu vitta sambar thanks for your wonderful recepies...

  24. Look so yummy...nice presentation and tips..

  25. Anything with bindhi..just love it..perfect with roti!

  26. looks so yummy, loved ur presentation as usual

  27. love bhindi masala. One of my favorite vegs in okra!

  28. Delicious Bhindi masala. I love Bhindi in any form :-)

  29. This is my fav and i just love them :)

  30. Hi, very helpful! How do you suggest cooking frozen okra to prevent it from being sticky" Thanks!

  31. I tried this today. Used some dried methi instead of tomato. Turned out well. Thanks for your recipes.

  32. I'm a bachelor living and working in Islamabad, Pakistan. Today i really wanted to have mom's bhindi for dinner. But she is in my hometown, so i just bought half a kilo of bhindis to my flat with no idea about what to do with them.... came upon your blog searching for bhindi masala recipe, found the recipe to be simple... completed the ingrediants, made it and it turned out perfect.... almost like how ammi makes it. Thank you, you are awesome! :)

  33. Easy lunch box recipe that goes good wit roti.

  34. Your recipes save me often at dinner time. Thank you. This is easy and good

  35. Tried this.It came out very well.Thank you


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