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Bhindi Masala Recipe – Step by step

Bhindi Masala Recipe – Bhindi Masala (भिन्डी मसाला) or Okra masala  is a delicious and easy to make recipe for all Okra / Ladyfinger lovers. It is really quick and requires basic cooking skills, which means anybody can try their hands on. This recipe is North Indian / Punjabi version and very similar to what you find in a dhaba / roadside eatery or restaurant.

what is bhindi masala

Bhindi masala or Okra stor fry is an Indian recipe of Okra. Stir fry the okra cut into smaller pieces in Indian spices.

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I was always a fan of okra. When I was kid, somewhere I read that eating okra makes good in maths. I would then ask my mum to make okra for me everyday. However, I will likely get okra in meal twice a week or so.

My myth about bhindi and math got broken with time, but the love for okra never got over.

benefits of okra

Bhindi or okra is rich in nutrients. Massive source of Vitamin – A, Vitamin – C, Vitamin – K and B6. Bhindi also contains high magnesium and folate.

Okra has many antioxidants that benefit our health. Okra contains mucilage which helps in reducing cholesterol. Bhindi also contain a substance called lectin, which may helpful in preventing cancer. Due to its presence of folate, it is helpful for pregnant women.

Bhindi Masala - Okra Stir Fry | Your Food Fantasy
Bhindi Masala – Okra Stir Fry | Your Food Fantasy

Method of making bhindi masala

  • First of all, wash and pat dry the okra / bhindi with the help of kitchen towel.
  • Now remove crown of okra as well as bottom end from okra. Chop all the bhindi now into 1-1.5 inch pieces.
  • Heat oil in a pan / kadhai over medium heat and add carom seeds once oil is warm. Add chopped onions and sauté till translucent.
  • Now add coriander powder, fennel seed powder, dry mango powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and red chilli powder, and sauté for 1 minute. Add chopped chillies and Okra to it and mix well so that the masala coats well on bhindi / okra.
  • Cover it with lid and keep the flame to low. Let it cook for 7-8 minutes. Sauté and cover again for few more minutes until bhindi is cooked properly.
  • Now switch off the flame and keep the lid on for 3-4 mins.

Pro tips

  • Bhindi can be very slimy when washed and cut. Okra contains mucilage and this makes it slimy. To avoid this sliminess, wash the okra and pat dry the okra with a dry towel. Best would be if you can leave okra to dry for few hours after washing.
  • Add dry mango powder to get the tanginess to the bhindi masala. If you do not have dry mango powder, you can add few drops of lemon juice.
  • Fry okra on little oil with out any spices on low heat, this also helps taking off the sliminess. I did not use that in my recipe.
  • Don’t add any water while cooking bhindi as it can turn bhindi soggy and sticky, so cook always on low heat so that they don’t stick to bottom of pan while cooking.
  • As long as you keep the heat low and constantly churn spatula, your Okra won’t turn black and retain green colour.
Bhindi Masala Recipe - Dhaba Style Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Bhindi Masala Recipe – Dhaba Style Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

This bhindi masala is

  • Quick and easy to make
  • Works as side or main dish
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free

serving and storing suggestion

Serve this bhindi masala with any Indian bread, including poori. You can also have it as side dish with dal and steamed rice.

You can store bhindi masala refrigerated for 2 days.

If you are a bhindi lover, you may like to try bhindi do pyaza and stuffed bhindi.

Bhindi Masala Recipe, Okra Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Bhindi Masala

Meenu Gupta
This extremely flavour packed bhindi masala is from north of India and is made by stir frying okra with spices. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 103 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 500 Grams Bhindi / Okra
  • 1 Onion Large, finely chopped
  • 2 Green chillies Finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Carom Seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/3 tsp Fennel Seed Powder
  • 1/3 tsp Dry Mango Powder / Amchur
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt As per taste
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Oil

Instructions
 

  • First of all, wash and pat dry the okra / bhindi with the help of kitchen towel.
    Washed Okra for Bhindi Masala
  • Now remove crown of okra as well as bottom end from okra. Chop all the bhindi now into 1-1.5 inch pieces.
    Dry Bhindi Masala Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Heat oil in a pan / kadhai over medium heat and add carom seeds once oil is warm. Add chopped onions and sauté till translucent.
    Frying Onion and Masala for Bhindi Masala | Your Food Fantasy
  • Now add coriander powder, fennel seed powder, dry mango powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and red chilli powder, and sauté for 1 minute. Add chopped chillies and Okra to it and mix well so that the masala coats well on bhindi / okra.
    Frying Spices | Dry Bhindi Masala | Your Food Fantasy
  • Cover it with lid and keep the flame to low. Let it cook for 7-8 minutes. Sauté and cover again for few more minutes until bhindi is cooked properly.
    Bhindi Masala Recipe | YourFoodFantasy.com
  • Switch off the flame and let it be covered for 3-4 minutes.
    Bhindi Masala Recipe , Okra stir fry
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot. Enjoy with the bread of your choice.

Notes

  • Always wash bhindi and dry them properly do that there  is no water. If your bhindi is not dried well enough it will become sticky while chopping making it difficult to cut and when cooked they will be soggy.
  • Don’t add any water while cooking bhindi as it can turn bhindi soggy and sticky, so cook always on low heat so that they don’t stick to bottom of pan while cooking.
  • As long as you keep the heat low and constantly churn spatula, your Okra won’t turn black and retain green colour.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Bhindi Masala
Amount Per Serving
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 385mg17%
Potassium 448mg13%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 3IU0%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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