Monday, May 12, 2008

Potluck Meme - Spicy Okra (Bhindi masala)

A few days back I bought these really tender, tiny fresh okras and I couldn't wait to cook them. Okra is a favourite vegetable in our family, but there are many who do not like them because they can turn a bit slimy if not prepared properly.

This may take a bit of time, but the result is worth the effort.

Since the okras I got were small, I washed them, wiped them with a towel and cut off their ends and slit them about 3/4 their length.

With the long okras, I usually cut them into three pieces.

For 300 grams of okra/bhindis,

Make a paste with :
coriander powder - 2 tsp
red chilli powder -1 tsp
turmeric pwder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp

marinate the okras in the paste, I put a bit of the paste into the slits too.

In a non-stick pan, add 1 tsp oil and shallow-fry the okras till the okras darken. Keep aside.

Cumin seeds -1 tsp
Onion - 1 sliced lengthwise
tomato - 1 big Blanched, peeled and chopped(can use tomato puree also)
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1 bunch chopped fine

Take a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil, (or less), add the cumin seeda, once they splutter, add the onions, fry till golden brown then add the tomato,add the garam masala and wait till it boils. Once the oil comes on top, add the okras and wait till the gravy starts sticking to the okras. Check the salt and add more if needed .Switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves.


  1. They look delicious!!! My husband loves okra!

  2. nice to meet you swapna.. Gud to see that we have similar interests. But I am not a mom yet :D. I did not read the mommyfest properly thats its one for moms. I was enthu abt the photo contest and did not notice its for moms only

  3. Hi Joy and pintoo,

    Thank you for your comments

  4. Just popping in from Mommyfest. I'm Jenny! Nice to meet you. I wanted to say hi, and I love your site. It's awesome. I hope you drop in over at my site, The So Called Me. I'd love to have you!

  5. Hi Swapna,
    Okra marinated and sauted....sounds excellent. We normally slit and add in the stuffing, but I am waiting to try your version. Also enjoyed reading your posts about what being a mom is about...laughed reading that. Regarding commercial worth of things we like to do, I have a friend who says that it is always worth trying your hand in the market just so one knows. One can always then decide to still work for art for art's sake, but knowing means a lot, either ways.

  6. Thanyou Jenny ..I have visited your site and left a comment..

    Jigyasa and Pratibha,
    thank you for your encouragement.

  7. my mouth is watering on reading this. i love okhra specially made in this manner. i tried this out and came out wonderful.. Thank u for the recipe