Bhindi Masala – Spicy Okra

January 7th, 2008 filed under Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetables Sauteed / Dry
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Bhindi (Okra) saute with spices is a delicious main course vegetable dish.

Serves 2 to 3Bhindi Masala Spicy Okra


  • 1/2 lb okra (bhindi)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)
  • 1 tablespoon gram flour (besan) (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper


  1. Wash the okra and pat dry. Make sure to completely dry the okra as wet okra will be sticky when cutting.
  2. Cut off the both ends of the okra, and slice lengthwise in halves. Set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Test the heat by adding one cummin seed to the oil; if seed crack right away oil is ready.
  4. Add the cumin seeds and asafetida (hing). When the cumin seeds crack, add the okra.
  5. Stir for a minute and reduce the heat to medium.
  6. Cover the okra for two to three minutes.
  7. Remove the cover and add the coriander powder, red cayenne pepper and turmeric.
  8. Next add gram flour (besan) and continue to stir-fry until the okra is tender. Add the salt, mango powder and bell peppers, cook for another minute. Salt is added last to avoid the okra becoming lacy.


  1. Adding colorful bell pepper is a great garnish for the okra and adds flavor to the dish.
  2. You can substitute the bell pepper with sliced tomatoes as a garnish.
  3. You can also slice the okra in 1/4 inch pieces and follow the same method above.

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119 Responses to “Bhindi Masala – Spicy Okra”

  1. Brigd Milan says:

    Manjula, you are the best…… Have followed some of your recipies and were a great success with my family….. we all love indian food.The spicy okra is great and tried dhal as well.

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  3. Poonam123 says:

    I follow your blog quite regularly & have tried out many recipes about Spices in India are rally so good.

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  5. mittal Darvesh says:

    i like variety of recipes.yr recipe is to good.

  6. Amar Prakash says:

    I forgot I also tried Bhindi Ki Subji. It was the best.

    How I can I post pictures of my dishes using your recipes? I post your recipes on my Facebook page all the time. I have received great positive comments.

  7. Amar Prakash says:

    Manjula, I have been trying your various vegetarian recipes and they all turned out excellent. Your recipes are so simple and yet authentic. I have tried “Aloo Gobi, Aloo Baingan and Aloo Muttar.

    I didn’t find chicken curry or chicken saag recipes on your website. Do you non-veg recipes at all? Love your videos and recipes.

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