A semi dry spicy Indian okra curry ready in 30 minutes. This spicy vegan okra recipe is easy to make with just 4 spices, onions and tomatoes. Delicious and healthy eaten with chappati or rice.
If you have never tried or made an Indian style okra, then I suggest you try to make this easy bhindi recipe.
The tanginess of the tomatoes and the aromatic flavours of the spices makes this Indian Orka dish with tomatoes a delightful change from a regular okra dish that you make.
In India Okra is called ‘Bhindi’ hence the traditional name of this dish is Bhindi Masala.
Okra is also known as ladies fingers ( I don’t know if any lady will be happy with thick lined fingers though )
You will need regular spices and fresh herbs to make this simple dry okra dish.
This okra recipe is completely vegan and keto friendly.
Here is a snapshot of the ingredients you will need.
The amount listed is enough for making masala bhindi fry for 3-4 adults.
⇒500 gms, cut into small rounds Okra or Bhindi
⇒1 large sized, chopped Onions
⇒ 2 large, chopped fresh tomatoes or tinned tomatoes
⇒a large handful Coriander leaves or cilantro
Spices used :
⇒1 tsp cumin seeds
⇒1 tsp red chilli powder
⇒ 1 tsp turmeric powder
⇒ 1 tsp curry powder
⇒ 2 tbsp sunflower Oil / ghee
⇒salt to taste
Substitute or Optional Items
⇒ Use 3 tbsp of chopped tinned tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes
⇒ Substitute curry powder with 1 heaped tsp of coriander powder
Heat oil in a pan and add a teaspoon of cumin seeds. Let is splutter for few seconds.
Add onions and stir fry till translucent
Next add the okras and cook on high heat stirring at regular intervals
When the okras start to turn in colour add the the ground spices that is turmeric powder, chilli powder and curry powder.
Fry the okras for about 3 minutes and then add the tomatoes
Cook the tomatoes till pulpy and you see oil leaving the sides
Once the okras are cooked add fresh chopped coriander or cilantro and serve.
Here are few cooking notes to keep in mid while making this Indian okra dish.
If you have any other queries, pop a comment below or send me a message and I will get back to you ASAP.
It is best to buy tender fresh green okras for making this dish. It will not taste as good if you try to make it with frozen or stale okras.
Okra’s can become sticky while cutting and cooking . Here are few easy tips to prevent okra’s from becoming to slimy while cooking.
I prefer to cut okra is rounds when making curried okra, but you can also cut them in large batons. Try not to cut them too small as the smaller pieces tend to become more sticky while cooking.
Ripe red tomatoes are the best type of tomatoes to cook this simple bhindi recipe for added taste and texture.
|Okra or Bhindi – 500 gms, cut into small rounds.|
|Onions – 1 large sized, chopped|
|Fresh Tomatoes or tinned – 2 large, chopped|
|Coriander leaves – a large handful|
|Sunflower Oil / ghee - 2 tbsp|
|Salt to taste|
|Cumin seeds – 1 tsp|
|Red chilli powder – 1 tsp|
|Turmeric powder – 1 tsp|
|Curry powder - 1 tsp|