Indian Dry Spicy Okra | Bhindi Masala Recipe

Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 2
Dry Spicy Okra or Dry Masala Bhindi is a very popular, staple and loved dish in Indian cuisine. Every regions, every states of India have their own creation of Dry Spicy Okra recipe.
  • 250 gm okra (ladyfinger or bhindi)
  • 1 small tomato finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ½ tbsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tbsp cumin seeds
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
For masala:
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ⅓ tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • ½ tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp chickpeas flour / besan
  • salt to taste
  1. Rinse the bhindi/okra well in water. dry them on a large plate on their own or wipe with a kitchen towel. when you are going to cook it, make sure that okra must be dry.
  2. Chop them into 1 or 2 inch pieces. Remove the base and stalk while chopping the bhindi.
  3. Heat the oil in a kadai or large nonstick pan. add mustard seeds and let them pop. it will take around 30 seconds. now add cumin seeds, pinch of asafoetida, tomato into it and sauté for 2 minutes.
  4. Then add bhindi/okra and sauté till they are cooked. keep eye on it, it must not be overcooked. it will take only 10 - 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile in a small bowl mix all masalas (minced garlic, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, chickpea flour) for seasoning.
  6. Once the okra is cooked, add this masala mix into it, and simmer for another 5 minutes. you need to continuously stir it so that masala will mix with okra perfectly.
  7. After 5 minutes, switch off the gas, add lemon juice and it is ready to serve.
1) Garnish it with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve it with Indian roti or chapati or naan.

2) you can add curd in this recipe. This will enhance the taste of this recipe.
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