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Bhindi Masala – Spicy Okra

Bhindi Masala - Spicy Okra

Bhindi Masala - Spicy Okra

Bhindi Masala is a delicious, easy to make vegetable dish. This is a North Indian style recipe with just perfect blend of spices.  
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 people


  • 1/2 pound okra bhindi, lady finger
  • 1-1/2 tbsp oil canola, vegetable
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds jeera
  • 1/8 tsp asafetida hing
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder dhania
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric haldi
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp mango powder amchoor
  • 1 tbsp besan gram flour
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped red bell pepper


  • Wash the okra and pat dry. Make sure to completely dry the okra as wet okra will be sticky when cutting.
  • Cut off the both ends of the okra, and slice lengthwise in halves. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if seed crack right away oil is ready. Add the cumin seeds and asafetida (hing). When the cumin seeds crack, add the okra.
  • Stir for a minute and reduce the heat to medium. Cover the okra for two to three minutes.
  • Remove the cover and add the coriander powder, red cayenne pepper and turmeric, stir.
  • 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.  Masala Bhindi is ready. Enjoy!


Adding colorful bell pepper is a great garnish for the okra and adds flavor to the dish.
You can substitute the bell pepper with sliced tomatoes as a garnish.
You can also slice the okra in 1/4 inch pieces and follow the same method above.
Keyword Spicy Okra, Lady Finger,
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133 thoughts on “Bhindi Masala – Spicy Okra

  1. Manjula,

    Just a note of appreciation for this recipe (and your web site!)

    I grew up in the Southern US eating okra fried, or stewed with tomatoes, or in vegetable soup, but this is now our favorite way to eat okra at our house. The recipe + video presentation is so helpful, and your instructions are very easy to follow.

  2. Manjula,
    what is the best way to fix bindi, without it being so slimy. It turns my husband off.
    By the way, I think your recipes are wonderful, I have fixed so many with wonderful results.

    1. Bhindi becomes sticky if it comes in contact with water. So do not add water to it while cooking, cook on low heat, and if you want to cover it while cooking, do so after it has released some of moisture.

    1. P K Gupta, the only way I know you have to reduce cooking time in order to keep the colour. Whether in water, steamed or stir-fried, cooking green vegetables for 5-7 minutes

    2. I add a pinch(about 1/8 tsp) of soda bicarbonate to the water in which the veggies (particularly beans) are to be voiled

  3. Hello Manjula Ji,

    i can not find fresh or frozen okras. Just canned okras. Can i use this canned okras too? And how should i use it for recipes?


  4. Hi Manjula,

    I love your recipes. For this Bhindi masala, Can i add Potato? If i can add, when should i add? i mean before bhindi or after bhindi. Please suggest.

  5. Dear manjula aunty,
    I love your recipes.
    Cabbage was really good.
    I trued bhindi today -but my masala and bhindi are not sticking together ;(
    Overall taste is good-thanks to ur masala/ingredients- but it is not the same- as its not mingling together
    Any suggestions? Comments?

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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