Quick and easy Bhindi Masala - Spicy stir fried okra

Quick and easy Bhindi Masala  - Spicy stir fried okra
Bhindi Masala - Stir fried okra

Recipe for Bhindi Masala with step by step pics - Stir fried okra with onion and tomatoes, an easy side dish to go with roti / paratha or naan - a naturally vegan and gluten free curry

Bhindi / Okra / Lady's finger or Vendakkai is one of the favourite vegetables of my adulthood. When I was a kid, it was a different story. Like how it happens in many South Indian families, my folks used to lure me with tales of how eating vendakkai ( the tamil word for Okra) can help me score full marks in Maths!

I could never figure out the connection between eating bhindi and maths, unless of course I was doing calculations on the huge number of seeds that came along with it, but hey we didn't argue much as kids did we?

While this Bhindi masala is simple enough for beginners, the spices give it a Punjabi dhaba- kinda rich taste. But there's no 'bhuno' or 'frying the onions and tomatoes for a long time' process involved here.

The one thing that may keep newbie cooks from cooking with okra / bhindi is the slime factor.

Here are a few simple tips that will keep the slime away from your okra dishes:

  • Wash the okra well and dry using an absorbent cotton kitchen towel until there's no moisture on them. I just roll up the washed okra in a towel and keep it aside for 30 minutes or so. Make sure the okra is completely dry before you start slicing it.
  • Cut off the top and tail and slice as per your recipe.
  • When you start cooking the okra, add it to the oil in the pan and stir fry on high flame for 2-3 minutes so that the moisture dries out quickly.
  • Adding spice powders like coriander, cumin, amchoor etc. help dry out any remaining moisture by absorbing it and coating the okra with a layer of spices, which also adds to the flavour. Amchoor also acts as an astringent in this recipe.
  • You can also add a teaspoon of oats flour or gram flour (besan) sometime during the process of cooking to dry out any moisture.
Quick and easy Bhindi Masala  - Spicy stir fried okra
Bhindi Masala
Recipe for Bhindi Masala with step by step pics - Stir fried okra with onion and tomatoes, an easy side dish to go with roti / paratha or naan - a naturally vegan and gluten free curry Bhindi / Okra / Lady's finger or Vendakkai is one of the favourite vegetables of my adulthood. When I was a kid, it...

Bhindi Masala

Summary

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  • Courseside dish
  • Cuisineindian
  • Yield2 s 2
  • Cooking Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Preparation Time15 minutesPT0H15M
  • Total Time25 minutesPT0H25M

Ingredients

Okra (bhindi or lady's finger)
250 gms
Medium onions - halved and sliced thin
2
Large tomato - halved and sliced thin
1
Oil
1-2 tbsps
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Garlic
4 cloves
Fresh ginger
1/2 inch
Green chilli slit and chopped fine
1
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp
Curry powder or sabji masala
1 tsp
Coriander powder
1 tbsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Salt
1 tsp

Steps

  1. Wash and wipe bhindi/okras until thoroughly dry. Slice of tops and tails. Cut into half length wise and then chop in half or thirds as per length of okra. Make 2-2.5 cups of sliced okra, keep aside.
  2. Pound the ginger and garlic to get a coarse paste.
  3. Quick and easy Bhindi Masala  - Spicy stir fried okra
    To prepare the bhindi masala, in a heavy bottomed or a non-stick pan, heat the oil. Put in the cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add ginger-garlic paste and stir for 30 seconds.
  4. Quick and easy Bhindi Masala  - Spicy stir fried okra
    Add the sliced onion along with slit green chili and stir on medium flame until onions are almost soft.
  5. Quick and easy Bhindi Masala  - Spicy stir fried okra
    Next, add the chopped bhindi. Keep the flame on HIGH while stirring the whole mix together for 2-3 minutes. Going generous with the oil will make sure that the okra is well coated and doesn't stick to the pan.
  6. Quick and easy Bhindi Masala  - Spicy stir fried okra
    Once the bhindi/okra are dark green and shiny, add the tomatoes with all the remaining spice powders with salt.
  7. Quick and easy Bhindi Masala  - Spicy stir fried okra
    Keep the flame on medium-low and saute for about 5 minutes until the okra is done. At this stage, you can even cover the pan with a lid and allow the vegetable to cook through and mix with the spices, for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Remove into a serving bowl and serve with rotis/rice and dal.

Serving Suggestion:

Serve with Phulka Roti & Raita

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