Bhindi Fry

One of the vegetables I hated as a child and started enjoying very much later is okra. As a kid I hated it because it felt slimy and reminded me of tadpoles and mucous, and I used to gobble it down with a glass of water only because of my mother’s wrath.

Once while in hostel my friends and I had this extremely crisp bhindi, and my view changed completely after that. The crisp bhindis tasted amazing but then they were fried in lot of oil. This is the kind of bhindi I love – It is simple, does not require much oil and looks as good as it tastes.

This is a beginner’s recipe, so if you taking your baby steps towards cooking, this one is just the right thing for you. Sometimes when the okra/bhindi/lady fingers is really tender, I like to slit it into four lengthwise, and then chop them 1 inch long, and sometimes when I am in a hurry, I just chop into really thin discs.

To get a cup of cooked veggies, you require at least three cups of raw chopped okra, as they tend to shrink while cooking.

Okra should be cleaned well before chopping and dried completely with a cloth. I generally wash it in the night and spread out in a large colander for the next morning. Sometimes I cut it and leave it open in the refrigerator for a night before making. This, I feel reduces the sliminess.

Recipe: Bhindi fry | Okra stir-fry, North Indian style

Okra – 3 cups (Slit or chopped into discs)
One small onion – sliced thin or chopped fine
Oil – 3 tsps.
Salt to taste
A pinch of turmeric powder
1/4 tsp. – Red chilli powder
1/8 tsp. – Jeera seeds / Cumin seeds
1/8 tsp. – Ajwain seeds / Carom seeds
1/4 tsp. – Freshly ground Coriander seeds powder (Optional)
A pinch of amchoor (Dry mango powder) or Chaat masala or1/2 tsp. of tamarind extract – anything sour to dry up the slimy fluid in okra

Heat oil. Splutter jeera and ajwain.
Add onions and fry till transparent.
Add the chopped / sliced okra, and toss for 2 minutes, add amchoor and toss well. Cover and cook for a minute.
Uncover and add all the powders, and salt except coriander. Mix well till the sliminess disappears. The bhindi should still retain the green colour.
If you like masala, add the coriander powder just before removing.


If you like your okra crisp then,

Fry one small finely chopped onion in the oil and then proceed as above. Keep frying uncovered till the bhindi turns a shade dark and crisp, like the one below. I sometimes do this, as my daughter loves this.

This stir fry is an often cooked dish at most Indian houses, and tastes equally great with rice and Dal / Rasam / Sambar / Morkootan / Kadhi, as with rotis.


Harini is a vegan food photographer, writer and recipe developer. She also loves feeding birds, reading, watching crime thrillers, and travelling amongst other things.

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  • Preeti Kashyap

    This came out really well at home!!! I added a little rice flour coating so that it gets more crisper and gets done faster. This tip was my mom's input.

  • UMA

    I love Bhindi too..Not sure if any one hs shared this tip on how to avoid the sliminess while cooking bhindi…

    I beat 4-5 tsps of curd n add it to the subzi…works well…u wil not even know its added coz the taste does not change…try it n let me knw ig it worked for any of u…

  • Bharti

    ooh..the crispy one is what I like! I like the deep fried version too but never make it.

  • Vaidehi

    Bhindi fry looks awesome..


  • Vaidehi

    Bhindi fry looks awesome..

  • Aparna

    I don’t like bhindi when it is “soggy” as in sambhar. But if its crisp, then I love it.

  • Vaishali

    Harini, Thanks for posting a bhindi recipe: It looks super-delicious and colorful! I make a similar version, but find that usually the bhindi gets cooked before the sliminess goes away. Any tips on how to avoid that?

  • Alka

    This look really nice….perfect green,unlike mine which turns almost black,coz i cant eat it half cooked or just cooked,it has to be crisp(devoid of nutrition….i know)
    Btw u have something to pick up from my rasoi… c u there

  • Priya

    Wow awesome pictures, really tempting to have them rite now..

  • Sharmila

    Love the bhindi,love the green. Love the crispy version.:-)


    Bhindi fry is amazing .. i love them .. a simple comfort food

  • Illatharasi

    Pictures are too great… love the bindi inside chappatis, great shot. Like the idea of selective colouring too.

  • notyet100


  • Uma

    looks delish.

  • Aartee

    Hi, lovely recipe nad pics!
    i have a surprise for u in my blog, check it out!

  • Sunshinemom

    Thank you all. Glad you came over even though the recipe is common:)

  • Curry Leaf

    simple yet delicious.

  • Purva Desai

    Bhindi is my all time fav veggi, simple but irresistible….looks really tempting wrapped in those rotis

  • Cham

    The bindi retains the perfect color, my fav veggie :)I would love to have with sambar rice 🙂

  • Simran

    Green’s such a beautiful color to pick for monsoons. Love your bhindi.

  • Divya Vikram

    Looks great with roti..

  • PG

    hey, can’t you zap some those over here! 😀 Looks fantasic! Especially the roti-bhindi combination. TI can see you have made them with a lot of care. Not too brown, not too dry , tenfder, still looking green. Great!

  • Sia

    gorgeous… i like teh way how bhindi has retained its lovely green colour inspite of all that frying:)

  • Usha

    Looks delicious 🙂

  • Kitchen Flavours

    Wow yummy bhindi fry. All time favourite for me.

  • notyet100

    regular at our home,..goes great with dal chawal,..:-),..liked urpics,..hope u dng fine,..?

  • jayasree

    bhindi in many forms. Good post. You have managed to retain the green color well. Loved the pics.

  • Priti

    Bindi fry looks just nice ..I love bindi fry with roti too..nice clicks

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