dahi bhindi recipe | how to make dahi bhindi recipe | dahi wali bhindi recipe

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dahi bhindi recipe - sauted okra in a smooth, creamy, lightly spiced and tangy sauce.

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dahi bhindi recipe with step by step photos – sauted okra in a smooth, creamy, lightly spiced and tangy sauce. this delicious recipe of dahi wali bhindi is easy to make and goes very well accompanied with some hot rotis, chapatis or naan. the next best accompaniment is steamed basmati rice or jeera rice.

dahi wali bhindi

the sauce or gravy is tangy and lightly spiced. i have used pureed tomatoes in the sauce which gives a tang. so along with the yogurt, there is a sourness, tang… and a subtle sweetness due to cashews, gram flour and cream. the addition of gram flour or besan does not allow the yogurt to curdle.

the okra or bhindi is sauted in oil till they are completely cooked. this technique also gets rid of the sliminess in the okra. the gravy or sauce is then made and the sauted okra are added to it. the end result is the soft succulent pieces of okra in a smooth creamy tangy sauce.

others recipe on the blog with bhindi and yogurt combination is bhindi raita and bhindi curry recipe. you can also have a look at this punjabi dahi aloo recipe. 

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dahi wali bhindi
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dahi bhindi recipe | dahi wali bhindi recipe

dahi bhindi recipe - sauted okra in a smooth, creamy, lightly spiced and tangy sauce.

course main course
cuisine north indian
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 35 minutes
servings 3 to 4
rough calories per serving 245 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 200 to 250 grams bhindi (okra or lady finger)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium ripe red tomatoes + 6-7 whole cashews, chopped - blended to a smooth paste
  • ½ cup curd (yogurt or dahi) - whisked till smooth
  • 3 to 4 garlic + ½ inch ginger - crushed to a paste in a mortar and pestle
  • 1.5 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ or ½ teaspoon garam masala powder - if homemade or very strong then just add ¼ teaspoon
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon cream
  • 2 tablespoon oil for sauting the bhindi
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil for the sauce
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves)
  • salt as required

how to make recipe

preparation for dahi bhindi recipe:

  1. rinse the okra (bhindi) in water for a couple of times.

  2. dry the bhindi with a kitchen towel or spread them on a plate and let them dry on their own.
  3. trim off the head and tail of the bhindi. chop the bhindi in 1 inch pieces. keep aside the chopped bhindi.
  4. heat the 2 tbsp oil in a pan. add the chopped bhindi and saute for atleast 8-10 minutes on a low flame till they change color and are cooked.
  5. remove the sauted bhindi and keep aside.
  6. puree the tomatoes and cashews to a smooth paste in a blender or chutney grinder.
  7. with a wired whisk, whip the yogurt till smooth.

making dahi bhindi recipe:

  1. heat up the same pan in which we sauted the bhindi.
  2. add 1 tbsp oil or ghee. crackle the cumin seeds first.
  3. add the chopped onion and saute till the onions changes color or becomes translucent.

  4. add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for about 15-20 seconds or till the raw aroma goes away. by now the onion will turn light brown or golden.

  5. add the tomato-cashew paste and saute till oil starts to leave the sides of the mixture.
  6. the onion-tomato-cashew masala paste has to be sauted very well.
  7. keep on stirring often for uniform sauting.
  8. the whole masala should come together and you should be able to see the oil or fat leaving the sides of the masala.
  9. add gram flour and saute for 1-2 minutes or more on a low flame till the raw aroma of the gram flour goes away.
  10. add all the spice powders and saute again for a minute.
  11. switch off the fire and place the pan down. add the whisked yogurt and water to the pan.
  12. stir well with a wired whisk and add the sauted bhindi and salt.
  13. keep the pan on the fire and simmer the sauce till the mixture starts to thicken and you see the oil or ghee floating on top.
  14. add the crushed kasuri methi along with the cream and simmer for half a minute.
  15. serve dahi bhindi with some hot phulkas, naan or rotis

how to make dahi bhindi recipe:

1. rinse 200 to 250 grams of bhindi (okra) in water for a couple of times.

dahi bhindi recipe

2. dry the bhindi with a kitchen towel or spread them on a plate and let them dry on their own.

dahi bhindi recipe

3. trim off the head and tail of the bhindi.

dahi bhindi recipe

4. chop the bhindi in 1 inch pieces. keep aside the chopped bhindi.

dahi bhindi recipe

5. heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. add the chopped bhindi.

dahi bhindi recipe

6. saute for at least 8 to 10 minutes on a low flame till they change color and are cooked.

dahi bhindi recipe

7. remove the sauted bhindi and keep aside.

dahi bhindi recipe

8. add 2 medium sized chopped tomatoes and 6 to 7 cashews to the blender or chutney grinder.

dahi bhindi recipe

9. puree the tomatoes and cashews to a smooth paste.

dahi bhindi recipe

10. with a wired whisk, whip ½ cup yogurt (curd or dahi) till smooth.

dahi bhindi recipe

11. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making dahi wali bhindi.

dahi bhindi recipe

making dahi bhindi recipe:

12. heat the same pan in which we sauted the bhindi. add 1 tablespoon oil or ghee. crackle ½ teaspoon cumin seeds first.

dahi bhindi recipe

13. then add 1 medium sized chopped onion.

dahi bhindi recipe

14. saute till the onions changes color or becomes translucent.

dahi bhindi recipe

15. crush 3 to 4 garlic and ½ inch ginger to a paste in mortar and pestle. add the ginger-garlic paste.

dahi bhindi recipe

16. saute for about 15 to 20 seconds or till the raw aroma goes away. by now the onion will turn light brown or golden.

dahi bhindi recipe

17. add the tomato-cashew paste.

dahi bhindi recipe

18. stir and mix well.

dahi bhindi recipe

19. saute till oil starts to leave the sides of the mixture.

dahi bhindi recipe

20. the onion-tomato-cashew masala paste has to be sauted very well.

dahi bhindi recipe

21. keep on stirring often for uniform sauting. the whole masala should come together and you should be able to see the oil or fat leaving the sides of the masala.

dahi bhindi recipe

22. add 1.5 tablespoon besan (gram flour).

dahi bhindi recipe

23. saute for 1-2 minutes or more on a low flame till the raw aroma of the besan (gram flour) goes away.

dahi bhindi recipe

24. then add ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, ¼ to ½ teaspoon garam masala powder and ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder.

dahi bhindi recipe

25. saute again for a minute. switch off the fire and place the pan down.

dahi bhindi recipe

26. add the whisked yogurt (curd) to the pan.

dahi bhindi recipe

27. pour 2 cups of water.

dahi bhindi recipe

28. stir well with a wired whisk.

dahi bhindi recipe

29. add the sauted bhindi.

dahi bhindi recipe

30. next add salt as required.

dahi bhindi recipe

31. keep the pan on the fire.

dahi bhindi recipe

32. simmer the dahi bhindi gravy till the mixture starts to thicken and you see the oil or ghee floating on top.

dahi bhindi recipe

33. add ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) and 1 to 2 tablespoon cream.

dahi bhindi recipe

34. simmer the dahi bhindi gravy for half a minute.

dahi bhindi recipe

35. serve dahi bhindi masala with some hot phulkas, naan or rotis.

dahi bhindi recipe

dassana amit
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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 surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Thanks for posting this recipe. Tried it for lunch today and was fantastic!

    I made some minor changes to the recipe. Example, I ground ginger garlic along with tomato and cashew, skipped adding heavy cream at the end, used ragi flour instead of basan and added finely chopped tomatoes before adding bhindi.

    • thanks evi for the review and the feedback on dahi bhindi. also thanks for sharing the changes you made. it will help the readers too.

  2. Hi Dasanna,

    I have started using your recipes and everything turned out to be soooo good. Thanks you.
    One doubt – In this recipe of Dhahi Bhindi, is there a substitute for Besan flour? Or, will it be fine, if i completely omit that step?

    Thanks,
    Senden

    • thanks senden. you can use rice flour or corn flour instead of besan. besan is used to thicken the gravy as well as prevents the curd from getting split. with rice flour and corn flour (corn starch) the taste will change.

  3. Hi Dasanna,

    Tried this out today and served it along with Jeera rice. It came out fantastic. Thanks for the recipe.
    Love,
    Priya

    • Welcome Priyanka. Glad to know this.