Bhindi Masala

Indian style okra stir fry with onions, tomatoes and spices! This dish is best enjoyed with warm rotis! Vegan and gluten-free.
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Bhindi Masala is a popular Indian dish made with okra, onion, tomatoes & spices! This stir fry is best enjoyed with warm rotis.

Bhindi Masala in a small iron skillet with a spoon with bowl of rice in the background

Okra or bhindi as it’s called in Hindi is a very popular vegetable in India. I think after paneer (which though is not a vegetable but most definitely treated like one in India), bhindi must be everyone’s favorite veggies especially kids.

I say this because I remember when I was a kid my friends, cousins who were very picky would always eat 2 veggies – paneer and okra. I’m yet to meet a person who doesn’t like bhindi!

Sarvesh is a huge fan so I get bhindi every other week from the stores. While I do cook it in several ways, this bhindi masala recipe is my absolute favorite. It’s a simple recipe and tastes so good with rotis and paratha.

Roti + dal + bhindi masala = pure comfort food for me! I can pretty much have this combination for the rest of my life.

However bhindi is not very popular here, in the US. I see it sometimes at Whole Foods but mostly you can get it only at the Indian store. I know it’s used in some southern recipes but other than that, not so much.

I think it’s popularity will grow in the coming years since it’s a low calorie vegetable. I recently saw baked okra at Trader Joe’s, so it’s definitely getting popular.

Bhindi Masala in a small iron skillet with a spoon

Benefits of Bhindi (Okra)

Not only is bhindi tasty, it also has some amazing health benefits.

✓ rich in folic acid and vitamin B6.

✓ low calorie vegetable

✓ half cup of raw okra has only about 16 calories!

If you are following the very popular keto diet these days, bhindi will be a great addition to your menu.

How to Make Bhindi Less Slimy

If you cook bhindi often, then you are well aware about this problem – the sliminess!

The vegetable exudes a substance called mucilage which makes it slimy. So how do you make it less slimy/sticky?

1. Wash and pat dry the okra before chopping. If you try to cut the okra without pat drying it will be very slimy.

I usually wash it and then put all the okras on a paper towel (in single layer) and let them dry for some time and then pat dry each okra with a paper towel.

If you can plan in advance, it would be good to wash the okra and then let it air dry overnight. That way you wouldn’t need to pat dry each bhindi separately.

You will be good to use the bhindi in the morning straight away.

2. Fry the okra in little oil before adding it to the curry/masala. That’s what I have done in this recipe, fried the okra till all the sliminess disappeared. This takes around 15 minutes on medium-low flame.

Do not cook on high flame else the okra will get brown quickly, even before the sliminess can go away.

bhindi masala in a small copper kadai with 2 spoon on the side and bowl of yogurt in the background

How to make Bhindi Masala

This bhindi masala recipe calls for basic Indian masala with onion, tomatoes, ginger and spices.

We start by cooking the bhindi first until the sliminess almost goes away. Once that is done, then we cook the masala and then add the cooked bhindi to it. Simple isn’t it?

And the best way to serve it? With warm roti and dal. That’s my personal favorite but of course you can serve it whatever you like – paratha, rice.

Hope you guys like this simple bhindi masala recipe as enjoy it as much as we do.

Method

1- Wash and pat dry each bhindi with a paper towel and then chop it into rounds (remove the head and little bit from the tail before chopping).

Set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped bhindi to the pan. Let is cook on medium heat for 10 mins, then lower the heat to low and cook 5 more minutes. Stir often.

The bhindi is mostly cooked by now  (after 15 mins) and there should be very little sliminess left. Remove pan from heat.

2- To another pan (or use the same pan after transferring bhindi to a bowl), now add the remaining 1.5 tablespoons oil on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and let them sizzle for few seconds.

3- Add chopped onion and saute for 2 to 3 minutes until soft. Then add the ginger and green chili and cook for 1 more minute.

4- Add chopped tomatoes and cook for around 4 minutes until soft and mushy.

step by step pictures of making bhindi masala

5- Then add the spices – coriander powder, turmeric, amchur, red chili powder and salt. Mix the spices well with the masala.

6- I added a tablespoon of water at this point so that the spices do not burn. Stir well.

7- Add the cooked bhindi to the pan and mix well.

8- Set heat to low-medium and cook for 5 minutes without covering the pan.

step by step pictures of making bhindi masala

Sprinkle with garam masala. Garnish with ginger juliennes if needed. Serve bhindi masala with rotis/paratha/rice.

Bhindi Masala in a small iron skillet with a spoon with bowl of rice in the background

More Bhindi Recipes on the Blog!

Bharwa Bhindi

Bhindi Do Pyaza

Bhindi Kadhi

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This post has been updated from the recipe archives, first published in 2014.

Bhindi Masala

Bhindi Masala in a small iron skillet with a spoon with bowl of rice in the background
Manali
Indian style okra stir fry with onions, tomatoes and spices! This dish is best enjoyed with warm rotis! Vegan and gluten-free.
4.97 from 58 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 133 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2.5 tablespoon oil divided
  • 500 grams bhindi okra, chopped into rounds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • 1 green chili chopped, or more to taste
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon amchur dried mango powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • garam masala to sprinkle
  • ginger julienne to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Wash and pat dry each bhindi with a paper towel and then chop it into rounds (remove the head and little bit from the tail before chopping). Set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped bhindi to the pan. Let is cook on medium heat for 10 mins, then lower the heat to low and cook 5 more minutes. Stir often.
    The bhindi is mostly cooked by now  (after 15 mins) and there should be very little sliminess left. Remove pan from heat.
  • To another pan (or use the same pan after transferring bhindi to a bowl), now add the remaining 1.5 tablespoons oil on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and let them sizzle for few seconds.
  • Add chopped onion and saute for 2 to 3 minutes until soft. Then add the ginger and green chili and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook for around 4 minutes until soft and mushy.
  • Then add the spices - coriander powder, turmeric, amchur, red chili powder and salt. Mix the spices well with the masala.
    I added a tablespoon of water at this point so that the spices do not burn. Stir well.
  • Add the cooked bhindi to the pan and mix well. Set heat to low-medium and cook for 5 minutes without covering the pan.
  • Sprinkle with garam masala. Garnish with ginger julienne if needed. Serve bhindi masala with rotis/paratha/rice.

Video

Notes

If you can't find amchur (dried mango powder), you can just add lemon juice in the end before serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSodium: 486mgPotassium: 419mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1060IUVitamin C: 32.4mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 1.2mg
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111 thoughts on “Bhindi Masala

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe and comes together fairly quickly. I used frozen bhindi because I couldn’t get fresh and it was fine.

  2. I love bhindi masala from local Indian restaurants & I enjoy it so much that I decided I needed to learn how to make it myself. I tried your recipe tonight and it was delicious! I can’t wait to make it again.

  3. Really love this !
    I have been craving for Bhindi and found this very useful.
    I just made mine , taste authentic !
    Love it ! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    Love this so much – perfect amount of spices, reminds me of what mom used to make. I also like the hint of mango powder.

  5. 5 stars
    Have made this three times now and am so happy with it! This is a favorite dish of ours when we dine out, but that’s harder with . We are so glad to be able to enjoy bhindi masala at home now. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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