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spiced okra rice recipe where sauteed okra or bhindi is mixed with cooked rice.

5 from 3 votes
total time:
50minutes

bhindi rice recipe with step by step photos – simple homely spiced ladies finger rice recipe, where sauteed ladies finger or bhindi is mixed with cooked rice.

bhindi rice recipe, ladies finger rice

this is an easy rice recipe with bhindi that can be made for lunch as well as for tiffin box. if you have leftover cooked rice, then half of the work is done and the recipe can be prepared quickly. since i make bhindi often, i will be sharing one more quick bhindi recipe soon.

in the recipe post, i have mentioned all the steps, including cooking of rice. use any variety of short grained or long grained rice. i have cooked rice in a pan, but you can cook the rice grains in a pressure cooker too. i have used ambe mohar rice, which is a sticky aromatic rice locally grown in maharashtra.

bhindi rice can be served plain or with a side raita or plain curd or a veggie salad.

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bhindi rice

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:50 mins
spiced okra rice recipe where sauteed okra or bhindi is mixed with cooked rice.
Course:main course
Cuisine:indian
Servings:2 to 3
Calories:549kcal
Author:dassana

INGREDIENTS FOR bhindi rice (1 CUP = 250 ML)

for cooking rice

  • 1 cup rice regular or basmati rice
  • 3.5 to 4 cups water, add water depending on the type and quality of rice
  • ½ teaspoon shahjeera (caraway seeds) or jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 1 small tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or add as per taste

to be crushed to a paste

  • 3 medium sized garlic cloves (lahsun) - roughly chopped
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) - roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon saunf (fennel seeds)
  • 1 green cardamom (choti elaichi)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • ½ inch cinnamon (dalchini)

other ingredients for bhindi rice

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 green chili (hari mirch) - chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 250 grams ladies finger (bhindi or okra) - chopped in 1 to 1.5 cm roundels
  • salt as required
  • few chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta) - optional

HOW TO MAKE bhindi rice

cooking rice for bhindi rice recipe

  • rinse 1 cup rice first very well in water. then soak for 30 minutes. after 30 minutes drain all the water from the rice. keep the rice aside.
  • on a full flame, heat 3.5 to 4 cups water in a pan. then add 1/2 tsp shahjeera (caraway seeds) or jeera (cumin seeds), 1 small tej patta, 1/4 tsp salt or add as per taste.
  • bring the water to a boil.
  • then add the rice and lightly stir. do not reduce the flame.
  • cook the rice till its completely done.
  • strain in a colander. keep the cooked rice aside.

prepping ladies finger

  • rinse 250 grams bhindi in water. wipe them dry and then chop them in 1 to 1.5 cm roundels. keep aside.

crushing spices-herbs to a paste

  • in a mortar-pestle take the following spices & herbs - 3 medium sized garlic (roughly chopped), 1/2 inch ginger (roughly chopped), 1/2 tsp saunf/fennel seeds, 1 green cardamom, 2 cloves, 1/2 inch cinnamon.
  • crush to a semi fine paste.

making bhindi rice

  • in a kadai or pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. add mustard seeds and let them crackle.
  • then add 1/3 cup chopped onions.
  • stir well and saute the onions till they turn translucent. do not brown onions. just saute till translucent.
  • now add the crushed semi-fine paste.
  • next add 1 sprig curry leaves and 1 green chili, chopped
  • stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away. if you want, you can also add 1 medium chopped tomato at this step and saute till it becomes pulpy.
  • now add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder. quickly stir.
  • immediately add the chopped bhindi.
  • lightly mix with the rest of the ingredients.
  • add salt as per taste. also do keep in mind that we have added a bit of salt while cooking rice too.
  • mix everything very well.
  • without covering with a lid, on a low flame to medium flame, saute the bhindi. stir at intervals. also do not add any water. regulate flame as required.
  • saute till the bhindi is cooked well.
  • now add the rice in parts to the bhindi. even if the rice is slightly sticky like the one i had, then also no issues. just break the lumps as you go along mixing the bhindi. the cooked rice has to be warm or at room temperature, when you add it to the bhindi.
  • mix the rice with the bhindi very well. switch off the flame. if after mixing rice with bhindi, you feel salt is less, then sprinkle some more salt and mix again.
  • serve bhindi rice hot or warm accompanied with a veggie salad, raita or curd. you can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves if you want.
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how to make ladies finger rice or bhindi rice

1. rinse 1 cup rice first very well in water. then soak for 30 minutes. after 30 minutes drain all the water from the rice. keep the rice aside.

rice for bhindi rice recipe

2. rinse 250 grams bhindi in water. wipe them dry and then chop them in 1 to 1.5 cm roundels. keep aside.

bhindi for bhindi rice recipe

3. on full flame, heat 3.5 to 4 cups water in a pan. then add ½ tsp shahjeera (caraway seeds) or jeera (cumin seeds), 1 small tej patta, ¼ tsp salt or add as per taste.

making bhindi rice recipe

4. bring the water to a boil.

making bhindi rice recipe

5. then add the rice and lightly stir. do not reduce the flame.

making bhindi rice recipe

6. cook the rice till its completely done. do not cover the pan with a lid while cooking rice.

making bhindi rice recipe

7. the rice has to be completely cooked.

making bhindi rice recipe

8. strain in a colander. keep the cooked rice aside.

making bhindi rice recipe

9. in a mortar-pestle take the following spices &  herbs – 3 medium sized garlic (roughly chopped), ½ inch ginger (roughly chopped), ½ tsp saunf/fennel seeds, 1 green cardamom, 2 cloves, ½ inch cinnamon.

making bhindi rice recipe

10. crush to a semi fine paste.

making bhindi rice recipe

making ladies finger rice

11. in a kadai or pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. add mustard seeds and let them crackle.

making bhindi rice recipe

12. then add ⅓ cup chopped onions.

making bhindi rice recipe

13. stir well and saute the onions till they turn translucent. do not brown onions. just saute till translucent.

making bhindi rice recipe

14. now add the crushed semi-fine paste.

making bhindi rice recipe

15. next add 1 sprig curry leaves and 1 green chili, chopped.

making bhindi rice recipe

16. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away. if you want, you can also add 1 medium chopped tomato at this step and saute till it becomes pulpy.

making bhindi rice recipe

17. now add ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and ¼ teaspoon red chili powder. quickly stir.

making bhindi rice recipe

18. immediately add the chopped bhindi.

making bhindi rice recipe

19. lightly mix with the rest of the ingredients.

making bhindi rice recipe

20. add salt as per taste. also do keep in mind that we have added a bit of salt while cooking rice too.

making bhindi rice recipe

21. mix everything very well.

making bhindi rice recipe

22. without covering with a lid, on a low flame to medium flame, saute the bhindi. stir at intervals. also do not add any water. regulate flame as required. stir often and saute till the bhindi is cooked well.

making bhindi rice recipe

23. now add the rice in parts to the bhindi. even if the rice is sticky like the one i had, then also no issues. just break the lumps as you go along mixing the bhindi. the cooked rice has to be warm or at room temperature, when you add it to the bhindi.

making bhindi rice recipe

24. mix the rice with the bhindi very well. switch off the flame. if after mixing rice with bhindi,  you feel salt is less, then sprinkle some more salt and mix again.

making bhindi rice recipe

25. serve bhindi rice hot or warm accompanied with a veggie salad, raita or curd. you can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves if you wish.

bhindi rice

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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14 comments/reviews

  1. I tried this recipe and would like to thank you for sharing such an easy and yet tasty recipe.

    • Welcome Sharmishtha

  2. Hi there 🙂 this is such a good recipe, I make it all the time. Could you recommend a nice spicy sabji to go with this? I usually make mutter paneer with this. Thanks!

    • thanks nishta. there are only a few spicy recipes on website that i have shared. with this bhindi rice recipe, a spicy paneer ghee roast, veg kolhapuri, and veg chilli milli will go well. in fact even a spicy tomato rasam or curd kadhi will taste good. all the recipes i have already shared on website.

  3. u r amazing Amit.(y) so easy and simple recipes which makes cooking so so easy.thankyou again.

    • welcome kavita 🙂 thanks for positive feedback.

  4. This is so easy! I am willing to try it out. I have lady fingers that I had bought from The Organic Garden and I ma sure they would taste amazing due to the fact that they are organic.

    • yes megha organic veggies taste better, surely try and let us know how it was? thankyou.

      • I tried and it turned out to be amazing!

        • thanks megha for sharing positive feedback.

  5. Thank you for being my good food guide!!! So simple and so tasty !!!

  6. simply suparv

  7. very clean n clear reciepe I ll prepare very soon thank u

    • sure and thankyou 🙂

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