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bhindi curry recipe with step by step photos – sauteed ladies finger in a tangy onion tomato gravy.

bhindi masala gravy recipe

this is a very good home cooked delicious curry with bhindi or okra. i have kept the ingredients basic and not added stuff like cashews, poppy seeds, melon seeds, cream etc to thicken the gravy. so anyone having indian spices and ingredients at home can easily make this delicious masala bhindi curry.

bhindi is a family favorite. hence there are many recipes posted with okra on the blog. i have already posted a semi-dry recipe of bhindi masala.

usually i make a dry or semi dry curry with okra. we have had bhindi masala with gravy a couple of times in restaurants. so i tried to make a restaurant version minus the cream or khoya (evaporated milk). the recipe was a success and it tasted awesome.

while writing this post, i still remember the flavors and taste of this bhindi curry. it was damn good. i love cooking more than being a foodie. but for a reason, this bhindi curry was an exception. it reminded me of the flavor and taste of a bhindi masala i had many years back in mumbai. the tanginess of the tomatoes complements the light sweetness of okra very well.

this bhindi gravy goes well with soft phulkas, chapatis or parathas. this mildly spiced okra curry also goes well with steamed rice.

how to make ladies finger curry

preparation

1. first rinse 250 grams bhindi (okra) very well in running water a few times. then drain them completely in a strainer or colander.

bhindi, okra, lady finger

2. wipe each bhindi with a kitchen napkin. there should be no moisture on them. you can also allow them to dry naturally at room temperature, by spreading them in a large plate or tray.

bhindi for bhindi masala recipe

3. chop the bhindi into 1.5 to 2.5 inch pieces. keep aside.

chopped bhindi for making bhindi masala recipe

4. in a grinder or blender jar, take ¾ cup roughly chopped ripe red tomatoes, ½ inch chopped ginger, 4 to 5 chopped garlic cloves and 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped. use ripe red tomatoes which are a bit sweet and less sour or tangy.

making bhindi masala paste

5. add 2 tbsp fresh full fat curd (dahi or yogurt) along with 2 cloves, 1 green cardamom, ½ inch cinnamon and 1 single strand of mace.

making bhindi masala paste

6. without adding water, grind or blend to a smooth paste. keep aside covered.

bhindi masala paste

sauteing bhindi

7. heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadai or pan. add the chopped bhindi/okra and saute them on a low flame.

chopped bhindi for bhindi masala recipe

8. stir and saute them till they are almost cooked, shrinked and lightly browned from the sides.

sauting bhindi for bhindi masala recipe

9. when done remove the sauteed bhindi and place them in  a plate or tray.

sauted bhindi for bhindi masala recipe

making bhindi curry

10. in the same kadai or pan, add 2 tbsp oil. add tej patta (indian bay leaf) and fry for about 5 to 7 seconds.

making bhindi masala recipe

11. add the ½ cup finely chopped onions.

onions for bhindi masala gravy recipe

12. stir well.

onions for bhindi masala gravy recipe

13. saute the onions till they start to turn light golden.

sauting onions for bhindi masala curry recipe

14. lower the flame. then add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ½ tsp red chilli powder, ½ tsp coriander powder and ½ tsp cumin powder.

curry for bhindi masala gravy recipe

15. stir the spice powders quickly. you can also switch off the stove top while adding and mixing spices powders, so that they don’t get burned.

making bhindi masala gravy recipe

16. add the tomato-curd paste that we made before. be careful while adding the ground paste as it splutters.

paste for bhindi masala gravy recipe

17. stir well.

stir bhindi masala gravy

18. on a low flame saute till the masala paste thickens and you see oil leaving the sides.

sauting bhindi masala gravy

19. add about ¾ cup water and stir very well. you can also add ½ to ⅔ cup water for a thick gravy or ¾ cup water for medium gravy.

water for bhindi masala gravy recipe

20. season with salt as required.

salt for bhindi masala gravy recipe

21. add the sauteed bhindi.

preparing bhindi masala recipe

22. stir again.

stir bhindi masala gravy

23. bring the ladies finger gravy to a simmer on a medium flame. cook for about 5 to 6 minutes till the gravy gets infused with the aroma and flavor of the okra. don’t cook okra in the gravy for a longer time as then they become mushy.

simmer bhindi masala curry

24. add ½ tsp kasuri methi, crushed (dry fenugreek leaves). if you want, you can also add 1 or 2 tbsp of low-fat cream at this step.

making bhindi masala curry recipe

25. stir and then add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves to the gravy.

coriander for bhindi masala curry recipe

26.  stir bhindi gravy again and then switch off the stovetop.

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27. serve bhindi gravy garnished with a few coriander leaves or straightaway with rotis or parathas or steamed rice.

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bhindi curry

4.94 from 49 votes
this ladies finger curry is a delicious recipe of sauteed okra or bhindi in a tangy onion tomato gravy.
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Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:25 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:50 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:north indian,punjabi
Servings (change the number to scale):4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

for tomato paste

  • 3 medium ripe red tomatoes or 150 grams tomatoes or ¾ cup roughly chopped tomatoes
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 4 to 5 garlic
  • 1 to 2 green chilies
  • 2 tablespoon curd (yogurt)
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 green cardamom
  • ½ inch cinnamon
  • 1 single strand of mace

other ingredients

  • 250 grams bhindi (okra or lady finger)
  • 1 large onion Or 2 medium onions Or 100 grams onions Or ½ cup finely chopped onions
  • ½ teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) - crushed
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves

    (cilantro leaves)

  • 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder

    (ground coriander)

  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 tablespoon oil for sauteing okra
  • 2 tablespoon oil for making gravy
  • salt as required

INSTRUCTIONS

preparation

  • first rinse 250 grams okra (bhindi) very well in running water a few times. then drain them completely in a strainer or colander.
  • wipe each bhindi with a kitchen napkin. there should be no moisture on them. you can also allow them to dry naturally at room temperature, by spreading them in a large plate or tray.
  • chop the bhindi into 1.5 to 2.5 inch pieces. keep aside.
  • in a grinder or blender jar, take 3/4 cup roughly chopped ripe red tomatoes, 1/2 inch chopped ginger, 4 to 5 chopped garlic cloves and 1 or 2 green chilies, chopped.
  • add 2 tbsp fresh full fat curd/dahi/yogurt along with 2 cloves, 1 green cardamom, 1/2 inch cinnamon and 1 single strand of mace.
  • without adding water, grind or blend to a smooth paste. keep aside covered.

sauteing okra

  • heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadai or pan. add the okra and saute them on a low flame.
  • stir and saute them till they are almost cooked, shrinked and lightly browned from the sides.
  • when done remove the sauteed okra and place them in a plate or tray.

making ladies finger curry

  • in the same kadai or pan, add 2 tbsp oil. add tej patta (indian bay leaf) and fry for about 5 to 7 seconds.
  • add the 1/2 cup finely chopped onions. stir well.
  • saute the onions till they start to turn light golden.
  • lower the flame. then add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder and 1/2 tsp cumin powder.
  • stir the spice powders quickly. you can also switch off the stove top while adding and mixing spices powders, so that they don't get burned.
  • add the tomato- curd paste that we made before. be careful while adding ground paste as it splutters.
  • stir well. on a low flame saute till the masala paste thickens and you see oil leaving the sides.
  • add about 3/4 cup water and stir very well. you can also add 1/2 to 2/3 cup water for a thick gravy or 3/4 cup water for medium gravy
  • season with salt as required.
  • add the sauteed okra. stir again.
  • bring the okra curry to a simmer on a medium flame. cook for about 5 to 6 minutes till the curry gets infused with the aroma and flavor of the okra.
  • don't cook okra in the gravy for a longer time as then they become mushy.
  • add 1/2 tsp kasuri methi, crushed. if you want, you can also add 1 or 2 tbsp of low fat cream at this step.
  • stir and then add 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves to the gravy.
  • stir again and switch off the stove top.
  • serve bhindi curry garnished with a few coriander leaves or straightaway with chapatis or parathas or steamed rice.

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
bhindi curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 781mg34%
Potassium 327mg9%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 845IU17%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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149 comments/reviews

  1. Awesome taste..im a beginner don’t knw much cooking but the recipes that you share are super easy to follow and the step by step photo idea is the best part. 🙂5 stars

  2. Hi Dassana
    This bhindi curry is awesome ..Thankyou for the recipe. .I have tried many of your recepies which came out so well .
    One question can i add baingan instead of bhindi in this masala curry?5 stars

  3. Hello from Berlin! Thanks for all you work and inspiring recipes. I am a newbie to indian cuisine and everything i tried so far following your suggestions just works perfect! This bhindi masala is so well balanced, goes smoothly and is absolutely mouthwatering!!!5 stars

  4. Gosh! This dish looks really yum in the pics and the comments below make me want to try it right after I finish writing this comment. My family doesn’t seem to like the bhindi dishes I make so I need to try out something new. I am certain that, like all your other recipes this one will be super as well!5 stars

  5. I tried it today…really it came out very well… Thank u for this awesome recipe 😃5 stars

    • sour taste is due to the kind of tomatoes used. for tomato based gravies, it better to use ripe and red tomatoes which are not too tangy. also its best to use fresh curd. the curd should not be sour. addition of some sugar or cream will balance the sour taste.

  6. Awesome recipe. I made this last night for dinner and for the first time feel like I cooked something that really tasted like a dish I could have eaten in an Indian restaurant! I’m so proud of myself. I substituted a few tiny pinches of freshly ground nutmeg for the mace since I don’t have any. I will try more of your recipes for sure. Thank you so much!5 stars

  7. Hi Amit. I tried this reCipe And it was suppppper yummmy. I never thought, okra can be turned into such a nice dish.thnx a ton.5 stars

  8. I don’t care for whole spice pieces in gravy, even if they are blended because I always end up getting pieces of whole spice in bites of food. Can I temper the clove and cardamom in oil with tej patta? what do you suggest? many thanks!

  9. Hi,

    I am from London, and a big fan of lady finger. Yesterday I tried this recipe and it was a big success. Enjoying in today’s lunch box as well5 stars

  10. Just got done making this for the first time about 20 minutes ago. This is a phenomenal recipe! Definitely one of the best I have tried!5 stars

  11. Excellent bhindi masala, superb , restaurant style dish. Everyone in my family just loved it. Thank u for thinking and trying out various marvelous recipes.5 stars

  12. Hi,
    Thank u so……………. much! for this simple tasty recipe.My family loves to eat Okra now.My daughter’s favourite dish for lunch box with roti.My Best wishes to u.5 stars

  13. Hi

    The bhindi Masala is just fantastic / marvelous / super /fenomenal / top notch . I cooked it and enjoyed . all the very best …!

    Regards

    SD Sharma
    Palam
    New Delhi – 110045.4 stars

  14. How do you overcome the harshness of the raw garlic in the masala? I tried to slightly roast the garlic since I have the same problem when I try doing the same with other gravies. I followed this recipe but the garlic -Inness is overpowering. Would appreciate your feedback.

    • some folks are sensitive to garlic aroma and flavor. what you can do is add less of garlic in any recipe than what is mentioned. usually sauteing the garlic does reduce its pungency. you can even skip garlic, if still you feel it to be too much in the gravy.

    • Garlic bulbs available in India are tinier than the ones available outside. Hence, if 5-6 garlic cloves is mentioned, I’d probably use 2 big cloves at the most.

      Cheers!

  15. If you want to me this for a party can you keep the gravy and fried behind separately and mix them just before serving3 stars

  16. Hi Dassana,

    I have been following your website for almost all new recipes which I have very little or no experience with and I want to give you a big congratulations and hug for doing such a brilliant job with the posts. The instructions are super easy to follow and the excellent quality pictures makes the reader want to cook at home. Every post shows the amount of hard work and passion you put into it. Keep up the good work.

    Lots of good wishes to http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com ! More power to you! 🙂

    Regards,
    Khushboo5 stars

  17. Awesome.. simple way of narrating the procedure.. thank u so much for ur receipes.. expecting more such.. yummmmmmyyyyy receipes.. 🙂

  18. No words to describe… Its awesome..Am a beginner… Its very useful for me.. Step by step photographys are make me too easy to cook… Thank u so much dassana ji…..