Bhendi Masala

This recipe is from a cooking show on television. What I, liked about this recipe is that, all ingredients used are readily available in the kitchen pantry. The gravy texture is smooth and thick. It's a mouthwatering , easy to make and taste very good. We had this Bhendi Masala with rotis, you can have it with steamed rice too.

This is my entry for the BM #50, theme Bookmarked recipes.


250 gms Bhindi / Okra
1 Large Tomato - grated
2 Teaspoons Desiccated coconut
2 Green Chillies - slit
1 Teaspoon Ginger-Garlic paste
1 Large Onion -  grind to paste
1 Teaspoon Cumin-Coriander Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
3 - 4 Tablespoons Oil

1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
A pinch Asafoetida
A sprig Curry leaves
Salt to taste


Choose small size bhendis,  wash and wipe them dry.  Trim the top and the bottom .  
Cut them into 3 pieces and fry them in oil on high flame for 2 -3  minutes only ( do not cook them ). Remove and keep aside.

In the same pan fry the onion paste till light brown add asafoetida and garam masala, chilly powder, turmeric and fry till oil leaves. Add grated tomato and fry again till the tomatoes are cooked, then add desiccated coconut, cumin - coriander powder and fry well  till oil leaves the sides .  Add bhendi, stir fry till the masala coats the bhendi, then add 3/4 to 1 cup water  and let it boil well for 2 minutes.  Add salt,  ginger garlic paste,  cover and cook for 3 minutes till oil floats on the surface.  Add slit green chilly, curry leaves and switch off  the flame immediately.  

Serve with rice or rotis.  Enjoy !!!

Labels : Bhendi, Vegetarian, Okra, Main course 
sneha datar
sneha datar

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. Lipsmacking bhendi masala, can smell the flavor from here.

  2. oh I love this!!! very delicious..

  3. Love the way you chopped bhindi. great for roti.

  4. Sounds like a yummy gravy for okra.

  5. I am not a fan of bhindi but I am sure my family would love this.

  6. The bhendi looks nice and spicy. Yum.

  7. We love bindi.Bookmarking this to try...