Last updated on October 7th, 2019
Bhindi Masala recipe with step by step photos. A delicious north Indian bhindi masala recipe to serve with rice or roti. This simple semi dry curry recipe with ladies fingers or okra is easy and quick to make. Very tasty an flavorful bhindi recipe that goes well in lunch box also.
Bhindi masala is a healthy side dish with okra along with some onions and tomatoes. This is a semi dry okra dish that goes very well with rice, naan, roti.
This bhindi masala is mildly spicy and perfect for toddlers and kids. Okra is a very healthy vegetable that kids need in their diet.
There are few variations with this bhindi masala recipe. While this is a semi dry dish, you can also make restaurant style bhindi masala gravy. Read on for instructions for making gravy.
We love bhindi at home and I cook it at least once a week. With many so many ways to prepare we are never bored of this vegetable. My kid just loves bhindi and she often has it mixed with rice.
This Bhindi Masala Recipe Is
Easy, simple preparation with less ingredients
Quick to make, no grind curry that takes less than 30 minutes
Healthy and wholesome
Delicious, flavorful and mildly spiced
Vegan & gluten free
always a hit with kids
I have seen many novice cooks shying away from bhindi recipe dreading its slime. Here I am sharing some tips to cook bhindi or okra easily. These are especially for beginners.
How To Prep Bhindi For Masala
- First of all make sure to select fresh and tender okras. They should be relatively small without bruises. The tail of the okra should snap easily.
- Next do not rinse the okra after chopping. This will increase the slime factor. To reduce the slime you can chop okra into bigger pieces.
- Dry the rinsed okra thoroughly before chopping. Also the knife, cutting board should be dry.
- While cooking into dry curry or roast you can add a dash of curd or lemon juice to reduce slime.
How To Reduce Bhindi or Okra Slime?
Okra or bhindi is known as mucilaginous. On chopping it leaves out a substance called mucilage which makes it slimy to touch and eat. Few people absolutely dread this slime and will not eat okra for the same reason.
While you cannot completely eliminate okra slime, you can reduce it to a great extent.
One big tip is to cut the rinsed okra and spread on a clean paper towel. Fan dry for 30 minutes and wipe off the excess moisture gently. You can now use the chopped bhindi in any recipe.
Making bhindi masala is very easy and does take much time. Also you don’t have to make much prepping for this recipe. Just keep the chopped veggies ready and you are good to go.
To make bhindi masala select fresh and tender okras. It should be of bright green with out seeds popping out and should snap easily. The other ingredients needed for this bhindi recipe are fairly simple. Onions, tomatoes and your every day spices.
For making bhindi masala we should fry the bhindi first in this recipe. Then we toss it in the cooked masala. Here I have shallow fried the bhindi. You can just saute them in very less oil too.
How to make bhindi masala recipe
1. Wash and pat dry bhindi thoroughly. Cut into 1 inch pieces.
2. Heat a pan with some oil and saute or fry the cut bhindi. Saute till they are cooked and shrink a little.
Remove to a plate and set aside.
3. In the same pan add 1 teaspoon oil if needed. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add crushed ginger garlic and slit green chilies. Saute till the raw smell of ginger garlic goes off.
4. Add finely chopped onions and saute till it changes translucent.
5. Add finely chopped tomatoes and mix well. Saute for few minutes.
6. Add spice powders. Mix well and saute well. Add salt and mix well.
7. Cook till the tomatoes turn mushy and starts leaving oil.
8. Add the fried bhindi pieces and toss well.
9. Add crushed kasuri methi and mix well.
Serve bhindi masala with roti, phulka or dal rice.
This is a semi dry bhindi masala recipe, there are also recipe for bhindi masala gravy and dry curry.
How To Make Bhindi Masala Gravy
The ingredients and their quantity for making gravy version of this recipe remains the same. The procedure alone varies slightly.
Begin with prepping and sauteing the okra as mentioned above. Next puree 2 large tomatoes smoothly. We will use this instead of chopped tomatoes.
Heat oil in a pan and temper with cumin seeds. Fry ginger, green chilies and onions. Now add the tomato puree, spice powders and mix well. Cook till tomatoes are well cooked and leaves oil from the sides. Add 1 cup water and simmer till gravy thickens. Season with salt. Finally add the sauteed bhindi and mix gently.
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I hope you will try this bhindi masala recipe and enjoy as much as we did. P
Bhindi Masala Recipe
- 250 grams Okra bhindi, ladies finger
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 tomatoes finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 green chilies
- 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon kasuri methi dried
- 3 tablespoons oil
- Wash and pat dry bhindi thoroughly. Cut into 1 inch pieces.
- Heat a pan with some oil and saute or fry the cut bhindi. Saute till they are cooked and shrink a little. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- In the same pan add 1 teaspoon oil if needed. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add crushed ginger garlic and slit green chilies. Saute till the raw smell of ginger garlic goes off.
- Add finely chopped onions and saute till it changes translucent.
- Add finely chopped tomatoes and mix well. Saute for few minutes.
- Add spice powders. Mix well and saute well. Add salt and mix well.
- Cook till the tomatoes turn mushy and starts leaving oil.
- Add the fried bhindi pieces and toss well.
- Add crushed kasuri methi and mix well. Serve bhindi masala with roti, phulka or dal rice.