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Besan bhindi recipe with step by step photos – a dry, aromatic, tangy and spiced okra curry from the Rajasthani cuisine.

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Being a Rajasthani recipe, along with the spices,  besan or gram flour is also used. The original recipe calls for frying the okra. to cut down on the fat, I have sauteed the okra. The frying or sauteing okra before you prepare the curry reduces the sliminess in the okra.

Gram flour is roasted and later spices are added in the dish. There is also no other veggie like onions, tomatoes etc added. So there is less chopping work and the recipe is very easy.

This is a no onion no garlic Rajasthani bhindi fry recipe. The end result is a crisp, spiced and masala coated bhindi which goes very well with chapatis or phulkas. This Rajasthani besan wali bhindi can also be served as a side dish along with dal-rice.

This besan bhindi recipe has been adapted from the jiggs kalra’s book “classic cooking of Rajasthan”. This cookbook is a must if you are fond of Rajasthani cuisine. I have just tried a few recipes from this book and they all were winners. The book has both vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes. Also included are some royal Rajasthani recipes as well as a few famous ones.

How to make besan bhindi

1. Mix ginger juliennes, lemon juice, sugar and water in a small bowl and keep aside for at least 3 hours maximum or 40 mins to 1 hour minimum. This solution of lemon juice and sugar makes the ginger pinkish in color. For some reason unknown to me, the ginger did not get a pink hue.

solution of lemon juice and sugar

2. Rinse and pat dry the bhindi/okra. Make two or three slits on each okra without cutting it completely.

cutting the bhindi

3. Heat oil in a frying pan and saute the okra till they are crisp and browned. You can also saute the okra in batches.

sauteing bhindi

4. Drain on paper towels.

sauteed bhindi

5. Heat ghee in a pan and saute the besan/gram flour stirring often. The besan has to change color and become aromatic. This is an important step. If you don’t roast the besan well, there will be a raw taste in the final dish. You should be able to see the fat leaving the besan once it is roasted well.

sauteing gram flour in a pan

6. Add the sauteed okra. Stir well and you will see the consistency of the besan changes. It becomes more smooth.

added bhindi

7. Add all the spice powders – coriander powder, dry mango powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder.

preparing besan bhindi

8. Stir and then add little water along with salt.

cooking Rajasthani besan bhindi

9. Stir and saute till the besan and the spice mixture has coated the bhindi well.

making bbesan bhindi

10. Lastly sprinkle garam masala. Give a final stir.

making besan bhindi

11.  garnish besan wali bhindi with the ginger juliennes from the lemon syrup mixture and coriander leaves. Serve the Rajasthani besan bhindi with chapatis or phulkas or as side dish with dal-chawal (dal & rice combo) or kadi-chawal (spiced yogurt sauce & rice combo).

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Besan Bhindi

Besan ki bhindi is a spiced dry okra curry made with roasted gram flour from the Rajasthani  cuisine.
4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cuisine Rajasthani
Course Side Dish
Servings 2


main ingredients

  • 200 to 250 grams small sized bhindi (okra or lady finger)
  • 4 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1 teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • ½ tablespoon water (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon oil for sauting the bhindi
  • ½ tablespoon ghee for frying the besan
  • salt as required

for garnishing

  • ½ inch ginger julienned or cut into thin strips
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon water
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • few chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)- optional



  • In a small bowl, mix together the ginger juliennes, lemon juice, sugar and water.
  • Keep this pickled ginger aside for a minimum of 40 mins to 1 hour or maximum of 3 hours.
  • Rinse and pat dry the okra (bhindi). Slice off the crown and the tip of the bhindi.
  • Then make two or three slits on each bhindi, without breaking them.

making besan bhindi

  • Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan. Add the bhindi. Saute them till they are crisp and browned.
  • Drain the bhindi on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • In the same pan, add 1/2 tbsp ghee.
  • Add the besan/gram flour and fry the besan till it changes color and becomes aromatic. Keep on stirring while frying the besan so that it does not get burnt.
  • You should see the fat releasing from the besan.
  • Add the bhindi to the besan. Stir.
  • Then add all the spice powders (coriander, dry mango powder, red chilli powder and turmeric powder).
  • Stir well and sprinkle salt and 1/2 tbsp water. Adding water is optional and you can also skip this step.
  • Stir and saute, until the roasted gram flour and spice mixture coats the bhindi well.
  • Lastly, add garam masala and give a stir.
  • While serving, garnish with the julienned ginger from the sugar syrup along with coriander leaves.
  • Serve besan ki bhindi recipe hot with roti or chappati or as a side dish with dal rice or curry rice.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Besan Bhindi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 327 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 607mg26%
Potassium 456mg13%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 880IU18%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Vitamin E 9mg60%
Vitamin K 35µg33%
Calcium 93mg9%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 127µg32%
Iron 2mg11%
Magnesium 85mg21%
Phosphorus 112mg11%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Tried this and it was delicious. Thank you so much. I trust all your recipes and thus I say to my mother confidently that whatever I cook with your recipe it will be successful.

    Nanditha5 stars

    1. Welcome Nanditha. Thanks for your confidence on the recipes. All the recipes are tried and tested. Glad to read your positive feedback.

  2. Oops sorry I see that you had mentioned lemon juice. Did not see it earlier while giving my tip about lemon juice. My apologies.

  3. Dasanna I love your site. Love all your recipes. Have tried this bhindi recipe and is a big hit with my family. But I noticed that you have mentioned that the soaked ginger for some reason doesn’t turn pink. I add lemon juice to the ginger. It turns pink then. Just sharing my experience.
    Love and regards
    Sathya5 stars

    1. thanks mrs sathya for the feedback. thats coz the ginger were not tender. if the ginger is tender, they turn pink.

  4. Can’t wait to try this recipe. And all the others on your blog. Hello & lots of love from a new fan, Dassana. 🙂
    And, the ginger not turning pink maybe because it wasn’t fresh and young.
    I am TamBrahm and my grandma used to make this fresh ginger pickle wherein really fresh, young ginger was sliced, lemon juice and salt added to it and it was left for about 1/2-1 hour at least for the ginger to turn soft & pink and juicy. This was had with curd rice. Lasts 2-3 days when refrigerated.
    I remember eating them as is every time I opened the fridge. 😀
    Try it if you get fresh ginger. You may like it. 🙂


    1. thanks madhumitha. i have pickled ginger this way many times. but this was for the first time the ginger did not turn pink. thanks for letting me know. these gingers were not young gingers, but they were fresh. i will try the way your grandma used to make the ginger pickle. thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Hi Dassana.
    I wanted to know what is fresh yeast and from where we can get it.
    Pls tell me how to make bakary biscuit at home like jeera biscuit,atta biscuit,salted biscuit etc.

    And must say bhindi sabzi looking yummy

    Thanks much

    1. thanks meenu. fresh yeast can be got from a nearby bakery. some bakeries do sell them. you can also buy from a super market, that is if they keep the fresh yeast. but still difficult to get in super stores. fresh yeast is a block of solid with yeast cells. they are also called as compressed yeast. just that they don’t keep for long. they have to be freezed and used quickly. you can buy dry active yeast or instant yeast instead. i buy from . i have got a few request for jeera biscuits and whole wheat biscuits. so will be added them.