Monday, 10 February 2014

Bhindi Masala / Stir Fried Okra

Everyone at home love Bhindi /Okra masala, except me. There are only few vegetables I do not like eating , but I eat because of the health benefits. Okra is one among them. I do not like cleaning and slicing okra since it contains a slimy thing. I always get frozen cut okra. If I get fresh ones, my husband helps me in cleaning and chopping the veggie. About the nutrition part of Okra,  this vegetable is rich in fiber , Vitamin C and Folate. Okra is also known for being high in antioxidants. Okra is also a good source of calcium and Potassium.

Stir fried okra helps to minimize sliminess. Okra is sliced very thinly and it is cooked on low heat to get rid of mucilage.

Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 30 min
Yield : 4 Servings


  • 500 Grams Okra / Bhindi thinly sliced
  • 1 Small sized Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Tomato Puree
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Urad dal
  • salt as required

Preparation :

1. Wash Okra and wipe it dry with paper towel. If you slice okra when it is wet, it will start oozing out with slime. Hence it is important to wipe dry before you chop them


1. Add okra to a microwave safe bowl and microwave it on high for 3 min
2. In a heavy bottom pan on medium heat, add oil. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal
3. When the mustard pops, add onion and sauté till it becomes soft
4. Add tomato puree and sauté for 1 or 2 mins. Add salt and turmeric powder, chilli powder and sauté for one more min
5. Now add okra and mix everything together. Reduce the flame to low and cover the pan. Cook on low flame for 15 to 20 min stirring often
6. Remove cover and cook for 5 min or till okra is crispy
7. Serve with rice or roti

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