Aloo Bhindi – Spiced Potatoes and Okra

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This aloo bhindi recipe is a lightly spiced delicious dry curry made with okra, potatoes, and spices in an onion-tomato base. Also, a vegan recipe, it is made in Punjabi Style and goes very well with roti or naan or paratha.

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Why this recipe works

In this recipe, both bhindi (okra) & potatoes (aloo) are sauteed or fried in oil. This cooking method makes sure that the okra does not become slimy and the potatoes do not crumble or become mealy.

As we do not add raw okra and potatoes directly while cooking, this ensures that your okra does not become too soft or mushy.

Thus the final dish has a good texture and looks great and appetizing on the dinner table.

If you prefer, you can steam or boil the potatoes instead of frying them. But do not steam or boil the okra. They need to be sauteed or pan-fried.

Some people make aloo bhindi recipe with a gravy or sauce. But at my place, we always make it a semi-dry preparation and it is mostly made for breakfast or lunch.

The benefit of making it for breakfast is that it can be packed for a tiffin box with a roti or paratha.

The recipe is easy to prepare and is a bit spicy. If you want to make it for kids then you can slightly reduce the red chili powder and ginger-garlic paste.

On Okra

I always prefer using okra that are fresh and tender. Avoid using okra that has become mature or stringy.

Once you rinse the okra, then dry them thoroughly with a kitchen towel before chopping them. Never chop wet okra as this will make them slimy.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Aloo Bhindi

Frying potatoes and okra

1. Peel and cube 1 large size potato. Make smaller pieces as they will be quick to fry. 

In a kadai or pan heat 3 to 4 tablespoons oil. Once the oil becomes medium hot then first add the potatoes and fry them till they become opaque, change color and become crisp and are cooked completely. In between do remember to stir the potatoes with a slotted spoon.

TIP: You can use any neutral flavored oil. I generally use either peanut oil or sunflower oil.

frying potatoes in oil in a kadai

2.  Once the potato cubes become crisp and opaque, with a slotted spoon drain as much oil as you can. Place the fried potatoes on paper towels. This helps to remove excess oil.

fried potatoes on paper towels

3. In the same oil, add the chopped okra (bhindi) and fry until all the okra pieces are cooked completely and softened. I suggest chopping the okra pieces into 1 to 1.25-inch pieces for this recipe.

frying okra in a pan

4. Drain the fried okra on paper towels to remove excess oil.

fried okra on paper towels in a plate

Cooking onion-tomato base

5. In the same oil, add 1 medium-sized finely chopped onion. Saute the onions stirring at intervals till translucent or light brown.

sauteing onions in a pan


6. Add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste and saute for some seconds or till the raw aroma of the ginger-garlic goes away.

sauteing ginger garlic paste in a pan with onions

7. Then add 2 medium sized finely chopped tomatoes. Saute the tomato stirring at intervals till the tomatoes become soft and pulpy.

sauteing tomatoes in a pan with onions

8. Then add all the spice powders except garam masala powder and dry mango powder. Basically, you need to add the following spices at this step.

  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (ground cumin)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper or paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) – optional. Skip adding it if you want to make the dish gluten-free or use a gluten-free asafoetida.
spice powders added to masala mixture in the pan

9. Stir and mix well. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes or until the oil starts to leave the sides of the masala mixture.

masala mixture in the pan

Making aloo bhindi

10. Add the fried potatoes and okra.

aloo bhindi added to pan with masala mixture

11. Stir gently until the whole masala mixture coats both the potatoes and okra. Saute for 1 minute.

Then add ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder, ¼ to ½ teaspoon dry mango powder and salt as required. If you do not have dry mango powder, then squeeze in ¼ to ½ teaspoon lemon juice.

Mix very well and saute for a minute. Lastly, add ¼ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) and saute the sabzi for a minute more. Omit to add dry fenugreek leaves if you do not have them.

cooking aloo bhindi in the pan

12. Serve aloo bhindi garnished with coriander leaves hot or warm.

aloo bhindi served in a plate with roti


Serving suggestions

  • With Indian flatbreads: Aloo bhindi tastes the best with Indian flatbreads like roti, paratha, or naan. Serve a side of plain yogurt or simple raita.
  • As a side dish: You can serve aloo bhindi as a side dish with khichdi or dal-rice or rasam-rice, kadhi-chawal, or with any Indian curry and steamed rice.
Tips

Helpful Tips

  • Prepping okra: After rinsing the okra, always dry them thoroughly with a kitchen towel before you chop them. You can spread them on a large plate or tray and let them dry naturally. Remember not to chop wet okra as this will make them slimy.
  • Buying okra: Always buy okra pods that are fresh, tender, and young. Avoid buying okra that is stringy or mature.
  • Gluten-free variation: To make the dish gluten-free skip adding asafoetida or use gluten-free asafoetida.
  • Spicing: If you are making it for small kids then reduce the ginger-garlic paste and garam masala powder and red chili powder.
  • Cooking potatoes: If you want then you can also steam or boil the potatoes and then include them in the recipe. Note that steamed or boiled potatoes will give a different texture and taste to the recipe.
  • Scaling: The recipe can be doubled or tripled easily.

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Aloo Bhindi

4.91 from 22 votes
This aloo bhindi sabzi is a lightly spiced delicious dry curry made with okra, potatoes and spices in an onion tomato base.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Cuisine North Indian, Punjabi
Course: Main Course
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 3 to 4
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Ingredients

  • 200 to 250 grams okra (bhindi)
  • 1 large potato – rinsed, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium sized onion – finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes – finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder (ground cumin)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon Garam Masala Powder add as required
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne pepper or paprika, add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) – optional
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur), add as required
  • ¼ teaspoon dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi), crushed – (optional)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons oil – any neutral oil
  • salt as required

Instructions

Preparation

  • Rinse and dry the bhindi (okra) with a kitchen towel. You can also let them dry naturally. Cut the bhindi into 1 to 1.25 inch pieces.
  • Peel and cube the potatoes. Make smaller pieces as they will be quick to fry.

Frying Potatoes and Okra

  • Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons oil in a kadai or pan. You can use any neutral flavored oil.
  • First add the potatoes and fry them till they become opaque, change color and become crisp and are cooked completely. With a slotted spoon remove the fried potatoes cubes draining as much oil as possible and then drain them on paper towels.
  • In the same oil, add the chopped okra and fry till all okra pieces are tender and softened or cooked completely. Drain the fried okra on paper towels to remove excess oil.

Cooking onions and tomatoes

  • In the same oil, add the finely chopped onions. Saute the onions stirring them at intervals till the onons become translucent or light brown.
  • Then add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for some seconds or till the raw aroma of the ginger-garlic goes away.
  • Now add the finely chopped tomatoes. Saute the tomatoes stirring at regular intervals till the tomatoes become soft and pulpy.
  • Add all the spice powders except garam masala and dry mango powder. So at this step add following spices one by one – cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and, turmeric powder asafoetida (optional)
  • Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes or till the oil starts to leaves the sides of the masala. 

Making aloo bhindi

  • Add the fried potatoes and okra.
  • Stir gently till the whole masala mixture coats both the potatoes and okra.
  • Stir and saute for 1 minute. Add the garam masala powder, dry mango powder and salt as required. Stir and saute for a minute.
  • Lastly add the crushed kasuri methi and saute the sabzi for a minute more.

Serving suggestions

  • With Indian flatbreads: Aloo bhindi tastes great with Indian flatbreads like roti, paratha, or naan. Serve a side of plain yogurt or simple raita.
  • As a side dish: You can serve aloo bhindi as a side dish with khichdi or dal-rice or rasam-rice, kadhi-chawal, or with any Indian curry and steamed rice.
  • Lunch box: You can pack aloo bhindi and some roti for lunch box.

Notes

  • Scaling: The recipe can be doubled or tripled.
  • Prepping okra: After rinsing the okra, always dry them thoroughly with a kitchen towel before you chop them. Never chop wet okra as this will make them slimy.
  • Buying okra: Always buy okra pods that are fresh, tender, and young. Do not buy okra that is stringy or mature.
  • Gluten-free variation: To make the dish gluten-free skip adding asafoetida or use gluten-free asafoetida.
  • Spicing: If you are making it for small kids then reduce the ginger garlic paste and red chili powder.
  • Cooking potatoes: If you want then you can also steam or boil the potatoes and then include them in the recipe.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Aloo Bhindi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 402mg17%
Potassium 447mg13%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1210IU24%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Vitamin E 6mg40%
Vitamin K 29µg28%
Calcium 71mg7%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 59µg15%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 51mg13%
Phosphorus 71mg7%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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35 Comments

  1. Hi Dassana ! This aloo bhindi recipe of yours is one among the numerous recipes which came out delicious. All of your recipes are so foolproof and illustrated with step by step picture so well. I served this aloo bhindi with jowar roti once and another time I made it into a wrap using whole wheat tortillas! All your recipes will be very useful when I go abroad to study medicine as I will be living without my family. Keep up the good work ????.
    Regards,
    Angela5 stars

    1. thank you very much angela. with jowar roti, aloo bhindi will taste so good. yes, most indian dry vegetable recipes can easily be made into a roll or a wrap. i also do that at times.

      i wish you all the best for your future studies and travels. welcome and thanks again.

  2. I actually love all Ur recipes.Whenever I make a curry my fiancee says he can bet his salary on my curries says they are undeniably tasty even if u look at the blog and make.I make curries and side dish looking at your blog.I never thought cooking would be this easy.5 stars

    1. thank you chandni. even if you look at the blog and make, it is you who is doing the cooking. the blog does help, but the person cooking also has to take care of the finer details. cooking is easy and not difficut at all. thanks again. wish you all the best.

  3. Tried this today.. Turned out to be excellent.. U r a genius at indian vegetarian recipes. Will keep on following your recipes.5 stars

  4. Thank you so much Dassana for giving this type of Indian recipe
    I must try your all easiest Indian recipe
    Thank you.

  5. Love this recipe. I made it and everyone at home loved it too. I have followed some other recipes from your site. They are brilliant. Thanks so much.5 stars

    1. thanks maitali for the the feedback on this recipe including other recipes. welcome and happy cooking.

  6. Hi
    iam relatively new to kitchen and thanks to you cooking is fun now. I made bhindi do pyaza n my husband loved it. Your recipes are awesome. Keep up the good work.

  7. I love indian food. And I love okra (bhindi) I’m living in the Dominican republic and brought garam masala from the USA. I have every essential ingredient for this recipe except the dry mango powder. There are plenty of mangos here…. but there are no supermarkets here like in the USA. It is fresh open markets with local produce. What would you suggest that I use in place of dry mango powder?5 stars

    1. skip the dry mango powder. and just add a bit of lime or lemon juice after you are finished cooking. give a stir and then serve. if you can get dried pomegranate seeds, then you can lightly roast them and crush in a mortar-pestle and add.

  8. Hi Dassana,
    I’m from Kerala and I love north Indian dishes. I found this site yesterday and made bhindi masala. Everyone in my home loved it. Thank you for giving all these recipes with step by step process. Appreciate your efforts. It’s just amazing

    1. we are pleased to know this sana 🙂 thankyou so much and god bless you.

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    I just started a new chapter in my life with my fiancé and I love to cook, and he loves my cooking. I always come to this website for ideas and how to cook. The recipes are so wonderful and simple, and they taste so amazing.
    It’s so easy to understand and the step by step pictures are fantastic.
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    1. welcome shivani. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive review on recipes.

  10. in a my view its a one of the best website of cooking recipes, we have learn a lot and its keep going. . hats off Mr. Amit…. thanking you….

  11. Just brilliant Dassana…………..keep posting more recipes………..brilliant site for a novice like myself……..thks a million………cooking seems easier nowadays……………….tks again5 stars

  12. Hi Dassana I made this aloo bhindi the other day. It was very delicious! Thank you so much! I have made aloo baingan today in the same way. It has turned out very tasty though I love the aloo baingan recipe you have posted in this website and have made that before. But I want to know if it is okay if aloo baingan is made this way too?

    1. thanks again sathya for the feedback. you can easily make aloo baingan this way. just saute the brinjal in oil till they are cooked.

  13. Hi Dassana,
    I made this today and it turned to be too good. We had a north-south fusion lunch today, with Rasam and your Aloo bhindi recipe. Everyone loved it. Thank you so much and take care!5 stars

  14. Thank you for the awesome recipes. I have been following your recipes for sometime now and they always turn out great!5 stars

  15. I really liked this particular recipe. I cooked it in olive oil and canola oil as well. I feel the olive oil one tastes better. Maybe you can just suggest your users to try other kinds of oil.

    1. thanks akshat for your feedback. some people like olive oil taste and some don’t like. one of my friend used to cook everything in olive oil but thats not the case with everybody.

  16. Hi Dassana,
    This was the first time i tried my hand at cooking.. I really loved your recipes.. You have illustrated it very well. Makes it even more easy for beginners like me.
    Thanks to you.. My Aloo Bhindi dish was a great hit amongst family and colleagues!
    Looking for more of your recipes.. Also can you please suggest any recipes for Soya?5 stars

    1. welcome krutika and thanks for this positive feedback. i don’t use soya for health reasons. so cannot suggest any recipe.

  17. I followed these tips and made awesome non sticky bhindi. The first time I have ever done it without regretting buying the bhindi so wanted to share with my fellow bhindi lovers.

    Warning: it is a little involved but turns out great results.
    Wash bhindi. Towel dry. Place in 350 oven for 10 mins. Chop bhindi however(mine was in rounds). You can skip this step, if you wash bhindi, wait for couple hours and chop. I wanted to make certain mine was totally dry before chopping. Heat oil to hi on stove. I used a stainless steel pan. Non sticks shouldnt be heated higher than med, else they get ruined. Fry until slightly brownish green, unless you really love deep fried bhindi sabji. Remove to side. When all bhindies are fried, use remaining oil for sabji. Don’t add any water to sabji or cover at all. Both will introduce moisture to the dish, which you are trying to avoid. If your sabji is too dry, or you think it will burn, you can reduce heat and add oil by 1/2 tsps. When sabji masala is done, take pan off fire, then add bhindies and mix well. Let this sabji cool before covering.