Bhindi Masala

I had never tried Bhindi Masala at home, but whenever I go to Indian restaurants, I mostly see Bhindi Masala in the buffet menu. Hubby likes Okra very much, so thought of trying this at home. I actually liked this version of Bhindi Masala and started preparing this frequently as a side dish for chappati


Bhindi Masala

Preparation Time : 10 min | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Side dish


Okra – 250 grams

Onion – 1 big, finely chopped

Tomato – 2

Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp

Garam Masala powder- 1 tsp

Pav bhaji powder/Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Curd / yogurt – 1 tbsp + 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Coriander leaves – as needed to garnish

Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – as needed

Oil – 2 tsp


  • Add 1 tsp of oil, spread the oil all through the pan and sauté the okra till they become slightly crispy


  • Add 1 tsp of oil to another pan. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds. Add onions and saute till onions are cooked, and add tomato after the onions are cooked.
  • Add garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, pav bhaji masala, turmeric powder and allow it to cook for 2-3mins


  • Add the sautéed okra and salt, cook for 5 minutes. Add curd and mix well, and cook for 3-4 minutes



My Notes:

  • If you need Bhindi masala as a gravy, add the required amount of water.
  • To get crispy okra, wipe the okra dry before cooking. If you do not have time to wipe it dry, keeping it in the microwave for a minute would help.

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49 thoughts on “Bhindi Masala

  1. […] difficult to do the steps my mother usually does to avoid mushy ladies finger. As I mentioned in my Bhindi Masala, microwave helps me to skip those steps. One  day when I had microwaved ladies finger, I thought […]

  2. Jules @ WolfItDown July 11, 2014 at 6:15 AM Reply

    Mmm, this looks so great!
    I have only used okra when I made a lovelt Prawn and okra gumbo, but I can imagine it works really well in this Indian dish too ^ ^ They cook down so well and almost melt into the dish 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend! x

  3. lapetitepaniere July 9, 2014 at 12:15 AM Reply

    That look so delicious 🙂

  4. Liz July 8, 2014 at 9:35 PM Reply

    I’ve been looking for recipes for Okra. I am glad you’ve posted this one. I will try it next week! thanks!

  5. Mary Frances July 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM Reply

    This looks great, thanks for sharing your recipe!

  6. Monica July 8, 2014 at 4:07 PM Reply

    I’m a fan of okra but I’ve never cooked it at home. I feel inspired!

  7. coconutcraze July 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM Reply

    Lady finger masala with a nice twist…like it!

  8. apsara July 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM Reply

    Yum, they look fantastic. Your notes are useful too. It’s true, the okra we get outside India turn out mushy if not dried.

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 8, 2014 at 10:24 AM Reply

      Thanks Apsara:)yes If gets mushy that spoil the dish so thought of mentioning, happy that you noticed it

  9. lisa leblanc July 8, 2014 at 8:44 AM Reply

    I never had the chance to try this, however it looks good.

  10. Scott July 8, 2014 at 8:33 AM Reply

    I love okra, but have never seen it made quite like this. Worth a try!

  11. sindhoooo July 8, 2014 at 7:01 AM Reply

    Well explained and well presented 🙂 M sure your post will make a lazy cook like me to try some new things 🙂

    The Arts & Me

  12. ela hester July 8, 2014 at 6:57 AM Reply

    Ah, okra, an old forgotten friend! Great dish!

    ela h.

  13. Joanne July 8, 2014 at 6:22 AM Reply

    I love okra, so this sounds great to me!

  14. Charanya July 8, 2014 at 3:33 AM Reply

    Oooo.. Sounds yum 🙂 Mmmm.. Pav Bhaji masala in okra 🙂

  15. Bikramjit July 8, 2014 at 1:39 AM Reply

    My favourite eeeeeee… yummy

  16. Chitra Jagadish July 8, 2014 at 1:21 AM Reply

    Bhindi fry- yum yum….

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 8, 2014 at 3:23 AM Reply

      :)Is okra your favorite as well Chitra? Nice

      • Chitra Jagadish July 8, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Hmmm love them bhindi masala just crazy about it….wil post my version soon….its in draft….days are just flying off and i wonder how do u manage with little one vidya. …blogging, trying out recipes👍👍

      • Traditionally Modern Food July 8, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Waiting for your version of bhindi Masala Chitra. I am not posting immediately whenever he is sleeping doing the draft. Even my drafts are piled up with recipes

      • Chitra Jagadish July 8, 2014 at 5:48 PM


      • Traditionally Modern Food July 8, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Thanks Chitra:)

  17. Saba-Thambi July 8, 2014 at 1:21 AM Reply

    what is pav bhaji masala?

  18. Nish Kitchen July 8, 2014 at 12:39 AM Reply

    My favourite veggie!! Love the dish too!!

  19. cheri July 7, 2014 at 11:11 PM Reply

    Love okra and this is a wonderful dish, love the spice combination you used here. Great tips!

  20. Malar July 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM Reply

    Thats a good notes Vidya , I love okra so much 🙂 Have never used pav baji masala, will give it a try…

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