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shahi bhindi curry recipe - okra or bhindi in a rich creamy gravy. good side dish with chapatis or parathas.

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60minutes

bhindi curry recipe with step by step photos – okra or bhindi in a creamy rich gravy. this restaurant style shahi bhindi curry is a good side dish with chapatis or parathas.

shahi bhindi recipe

sharing a favorite bhindi curry recipe which is also my mother’s signature dish. many of her friends and family members ask her for this shahi bhindi recipe. it was time i thought i should add this recipe on the blog too. though most of the times i make this very simple bhindi do pyaaza. but on occasions i do make this rich curry with bhindi.

as a family we are all bhindi lovers and bhindi is made once a week at home. there are already many bhindi curry recipes on the blog like:

  1. dahi wali bhindi
  2. bhindi masala gravy
  3. vendakkai sambar
  4. bendakaya pulusu (andhra style okra gravy with tamarind)
  5. bhindi masala (a semi dry bhindi curry)

this restaurant style bhindi curry recipe is simple and calls for the usual ingredients like onions, tomatoes and cashews to make a nice creamy gravy. you can easily add blanched almonds instead of cashews. the recipe also uses fresh curd and cream.

shahi bhindi curry goes very well as a side dish with tandoori rotis, parathas or chapatis.

shahi bhindi curry recipe, shahi bhindi gravy recipe
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bhindi curry recipe

shahi bhindi curry recipe - okra or bhindi in a rich creamy gravy. good side dish with chapatis or parathas.
course main course
cuisine mughlai, north indian
prep time 25 minutes
cook time 35 minutes
total time 1 hour
servings 3 to 4
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for sauteing the bhindi

  • 250 grams bhindi (okra or lady finger)
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 5 tablespoon oil

other ingredients for bhindi curry

  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced Or 150 grams onions Or 1 heaped cup sliced onions
  • 1 medium to large tomato Or 100 grams tomatoes Or 1/3 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 inch ginger + 4 to 5 medium garlic + 2 green chilies - crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle or ground in a small grinder
  • 14 to 15 cashews powdered in a dry grinder (add 14 to 15 blanched almonds instead of cashews)
  • 2 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
  • ½ cup fresh curd (dahi or yogurt)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 to 1.25 cups water or add as required
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cream Or 1 tablespoon milk powder Or 1 to 2 tablespoon grated khoya (mawa or evaporated milk solids)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) - crushed (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnish (dhania patta)
  • salt as required

how to make bhindi curry recipe

sauteing bhindi for bhindi curry

  1. rinse 250 grams bhindi (okra) in water. then wipe dry them with a kitchen towel or just allow to dry them naturally in a plate.

  2. slice off the crown and base of each bhindi and make a slit on one side.
  3. sprinkle 1/2 tsp chaat masala and 1/4 tsp salt.
  4. mix and toss the bhindi very well with the salt and chaat masala. keep aside for 5 minutes.
  5. heat 4 to 5 tbsp oil in a pan and add the bhindi. stir very well.
  6. saute the bhindi till they become tender and are just about cooked. no need to brown them.
  7. drain them on kitchen paper towels.

prepping other ingredients for bhindi curry

  1. in a dry grinder, powder 14 to 15 cashews finely. if some fat releases while powdering the cashews, its alright. keep aside.
  2. beat 1/2 cup fresh curd till smooth and keep aside.
  3. crush 1 inch ginger + 4 to 5 garlic + 2 green chilies, crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle. you can also grind these in a small grinder. also slice the onions thinly and chop the tomato.

making bhindi curry

  1. in the same pan, add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and a pinch of asafoetida. saute till the cumin seeds crackle.
  2. then add 1 heaped cup of sliced onions. stir very well.
  3. saute the onions till they light golden.
  4. then add the crushed ginger-garlic-green chili paste. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  5. add 1/3 cup finely chopped tomatoes.
  6. stir and then add the ground cashew powder.
  7. on a low to medium flame, stir and saute for 5 to 6 minutes till you see oil releasing from the sides.
  8. then add 2 tbsp besan or gram flour, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp coriander powder.
  9. stir and saute for a minute.
  10. lower the flame and then add the beaten curd gradually.
  11. as soon as you add the curd, quickly stir so that the curd does not curdle.
  12. stir and mix very well.
  13. now add 1 to 1.25 cups water. stir again well.
  14. season with salt as required.
  15. simmer the gravy for 2 minutes. then add the sauteed bhindi. stir very well.
  16. now add 1 tbsp milk powder/dairy whitener. 2 tbsp milk powder can also be added, but it makes the gravy a little more sweet. 

  17. substitutes for milk powder is fresh cream and khoya. if adding khoya you can add once the tomatoes are sauteed well. saute the khoya for a minute. if adding cream, then add right at the end when the bhindi gravy is done.

  18. stir again. cover and allow the bhindi curry to simmer for 7 to 8 minutes on a low flame.

  19. lastly add 1/2 tsp garam masala powder. you can also add 1/2 tsp kasuri methi at this step. stir bhindi curry well.

  20. garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve bhindi curry with chapatis or rotis.

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preparation for shahi bhindi curry recipe

1. rinse 250 grams bhindi (okra) in water. then wipe dry them with a kitchen towel or just allow to dry them naturally in a plate.

bhindi for bhindi curry recipe

2. slice off the crown and base of each bhindi and make a slit on one side.

bhindi for bhindi curry recipe

3. sprinkle ½ tsp chaat masala and ¼ tsp salt.

salt for bhindi curry recipe

4. mix and toss the bhindi very well with the salt and chaat masala. keep aside for 5 minutes.

salted bhindi for bhindi curry recipe

5. in a dry grinder, powder 14 to 15 cashews finely. if some fat releases while powdering the cashews, its alright. you can also substitute blanched almonds, instead of cashews.

cashews for bhindi curry recipe

6. beat ½ cup fresh curd/dahi and keep aside.

curd for shahi bhindi recipe

7. crush 1 inch ginger + 4 to 5 garlic + 2 green chilies, crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle. you can also grind these in a small grinder. also thinly slice 1 large onion and chop 1 medium to large tomato finely.

ginger for shahi bhindi curry recipe

making bhindi curry

8. heat 4 to 5 tbsp oil in a pan and add the bhindi. stir very well.

bhindi for shahi bhindi recipe

9. on a low to medium flame, saute the bhindi till they become tender and are just about cooked. no need to brown them. you can saute the bhindi in batches too.

sauteing bhindi for bhindi curry recipe

10. drain them on kitchen paper towels.

bhindi for bhindi curry recipe

11. in the same pan, add ½ tsp cumin seeds and a pinch of asafoetida. saute till the cumin seeds crackle.

cumin for shahi bhindi recipe

12. then add 1 heaped cup of sliced onions.

onions for making shahi bhindi curry recipe

13. stir very well.

making bhindi curry recipe

14. saute the onions till they turn light golden.

onions for bhindi curry recipe

15. then add the crushed ginger-garlic-green chili paste. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

ginger paste for shahi bhindi curry recipe

16. add ⅓ cup finely chopped tomatoes.

tomatoes for shahi bhindi curry recipe

17. stir and then add the ground cashew powder.

cashew powder for shahi bhindi recipe

18. on a low to medium flame, stir and saute the masala mixture for 5 to 6 minutes till you see oil releasing from the sides.

making shahi bhindi curry recipe

19. then add 2 tbsp besan or gram flour, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and ½ tsp coriander powder. besan is added to prevent the yogurt from getting curdled.

besan for bhindi curry recipe

20. stir and saute for a minute.

making shahi bhindi recipe

21. keep the flame to the lowest and add the beaten curd gradually.

curd for bhindi curry recipe

22. as soon as you add the curd, quickly stir so that the curd does not curdle.

making bhindi curry recipe

23. stir and mix very well.

making shahi bhindi gravy recipe

24. now add 1 to 1.25 cups water.

making shahi bhindi gravy recipe

25. stir again well.

stir - shahi bhindi curry recipe

26. season with salt as required and simmer for two minutes.

salt for shahi bhindi curry recipe

27. add the bhindi.

bhindi for shahi bhindi recipe

28. stir bhindi curry very well.

making shahi bhindi gravy recipe

29. now add 1 tbsp milk powder/dairy whitener. 2 tbsp milk powder can also be added, but it makes the bhindi gravy more sweet. substitutes for milk powder is fresh cream and khoya. if adding khoya you can add once the tomatoes are sauteed well. saute the khoya for a minute or two. if adding cream, then add right at the end when the gravy is done. we always add cream, but on this day i ran out of cream and hence added milk powder.

preparing shahi bhindi curry recipe

30. stir again.

making shahi bhindi curry recipe

31. cover and allow the bhindi curry to simmer for 7 to 8 minutes on a low flame. do keep a check so that the bhindi does not become mushy.

cooking - shahi bhindi recipe

32. lastly add ½ tsp garam masala powder. you can also add ½ tsp kasuri methi at this step.

masala for shahi bhindi recipe

33. stir bhindi curry well.

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34. garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve shahi bhindi curry with chapatis or rotis.

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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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56 comments/reviews

  1. Wow! Delicious recipe! Tried it.

    • thanks for the feedback. nice to know.

  2. this recipe came out really well and everyone in my family enjoyed it 🙂 Thank you !

    • thanks aparna for sharing this feedback. nice to know.

  3. can we skip ginger garlic as my mother doesn’t like that?

    • you can skip. then add a pinch of asafoetida in the dish.

  4. hi dasanna..ur recipes are too good. I don’t go to any website apart from urs…even if I browse…I come back to yours.. good job…keep posting new recipes..thx

    • thanks a lot vijaya. sure will add new recipes.

  5. I am a big follower of Ur blog..the way you represent Ur recipes with pics is very fascinating. I have tried Ur many recipes..the step by step representation makes it very easy for anyone to understand..great work.

    • pleased to know this mahesam 🙂 thanks for positive views.

  6. Hey i dnt wan to use onion ginger garlic wil it taste good withouy tat i can use saunt powder ,,Pls reply i wann try tis coz every alternative day we make binde so

    • onions do give some taste and flavor. use a pinch of asafoetida/hing to mimic the flavors of onion and garlic. also you can use saunf powder.

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