Bhindi bhaji recipe or Bhindi Sabzi (Bhendi chi Bhaji)

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Bhindi bhaji recipe – It is dry vegetables dish aka sabzi made from okra and tomatoes. This is Maharashtrian style bhindi sabzi.

Bhindi bhaji recipe | Bhindi Sabzi recipe | Bhendi chi Bhaji

This bhindi bhaji is very easy and quick to make. The perfect recipe for busy weekdays. Make this bhindi sabzi with roti or phulka. Have some kachumber or salad on side. Healthy, homey dinner will be ready in jiffy.

In marathi language, it is called Bhendi chi bhaji. For non-Indian reader, it is dry preparation of okra.

Bhindi is one of the favorite vegetables in my home. Dear hubby loves it so much. So I make this very often. Sometimes I pack him in the lunch box with roti.

There is another Maharashtrian style bhindi recipe on the blog – bharli bhendi means stuffed okra.

Sometimes I make punjabi style aloo bhindi masala which has typical punjabi onion-tomato masala. While this bhindi sabzi has only tomatoes in it with some spices. As you know that okra is the slimy vegetable. The sourness from the tomato will help to reduce the sliminess as it cooks.

Notes:

  • When you buy okra keep in mind that they should be long, fresh looking and dark green in color. Don’t buy those who have blemishes, cut or leaked internal juice. Try to buy those who have less seeds in it.
  • How to avoid the sliminess – 1) Okra should be dry before you chop them. 2) keep cleaning the knife as soon as it gets sticky. 3) While cooking okra stir only 2 or 3 times only. If you stir too many times, it gets more slimy.
  • Okra is the vegetable that needs little more oil compared to other vegetables. So be generous and add enough oil.
  • For the variation, you can add 2 teaspoon of garlic paste or finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic. It gives nice garlicky flavor to the bhindi. Add garlic along with ginger and chili.

Check out other sabzi style Bhindi recipes
Bhindi capsicum  //  Aloo bhindi  //  Bhindi fry  //  Bhindi masala


How to make Bhindi bhaji recipe (Step by Step Photos):


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1) First wash the okra well. If you have time then let it drain and dry out completely. Or you are in rush, then wipe it clean and dry with kitchen or paper towel. It is important to make the okra dry completely to avoid stickiness afterwards.

2) Cut the both ends (head and tail part). Discard them.

3) Start chopping the okra into half inch pieces. After you chop 10-15 okra, you will notice the sticky and gooey stuff on the knife. So wipe the knife clean with paper towel.

4) So every 10-15 okra or whenever the knife gets sticky, you must clean the knife. It helps to avoid more stickiness. You can see dirty paper towel after chopping only half of the bhindi. Also chop green chili, grate the ginger and chop the tomato.
Cleaning and chopping The Okra or Bhindi

5) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle a bit.

6) Then add ginger paste and chopped green chilies. Saute for 30 seconds.
Bhindi bhaji recipe | Bhindi Sabzi recipe | Bhendi chi Bhaji

7) Mix in chopped tomato.

8) Cook till tomatoes are soft. It took me about 3-4 minutes.
Bhindi bhaji recipe | Bhindi Sabzi recipe | Bhendi chi Bhaji

9) Then add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder.

10) Mix well and cook for a minute. Oil will starts to ooze out from the sides.
Bhindi bhaji recipe | Bhindi Sabzi recipe | Bhendi chi Bhaji

11) Then add chopped bhindi.

12) Mix well.
Bhindi bhaji recipe | Bhindi Sabzi recipe | Bhendi chi Bhaji

13) Cover the pan with the lid or plate. Lid should have rim around the edges. Pour a glassful of water on it. Let the bhindi cook with the steam.

14) Do stir once or twice in between. Make sure that bhindi is not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cook till bhindi is cooked and soft, tender.
Bhindi bhaji recipe | Bhindi Sabzi recipe | Bhendi chi Bhaji

15) Lastly add garam masala.

16) Mix well, turn off the stove.
Bhindi bhaji recipe | Bhindi Sabzi recipe | Bhendi chi Bhaji

Bhindi bhaji is ready to serve. If not serving it right away then keep the pan covered. So it stays warm till the time you serve.

Serving suggestion: Serve bhindi bhaji with roti/phulka or paratha. It can be served as a side vegetable dish with your dal-rice.

Bhindi bhaji recipe | Bhindi Sabzi recipe | Bhendi chi Bhaji

Bhindi bhaji recipe | Bhindi Sabzi recipe | Bhendi chi Bhaji
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Bhindi bhaji recipe (Bhindi Sabzi recipe), Bhendi chi bhaji

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

  • 2 cups Okra (Bhindi) chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 Green chili chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 1 medium or ¾ to 1 cup Tomato finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala

Instructions

Preparation:

  1. First wash the okra well.
  2. If you have time then let it drain and dry out completely. Or you are in rush, then wipe it clean and dry with kitchen or paper towel.
  3. Cut the both ends (head and tail part). Discard them.
  4. Start chopping the okra into half inch pieces. After you chop 10-15 okra, you will notice the sticky and gooey stuff on the knife. So wipe the knife clean with paper towel.
  5. Also chop green chili, grate the ginger and chop the tomato.

Making bhindi bhaji recipe:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat.
  2. Once hot add cumin seeds and let them sizzle a bit.
  3. Then add ginger paste and chopped green chilies. Saute for 30 seconds.
  4. Mix in chopped tomato. Cook till tomatoes are soft. It took me about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Then add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder.
  6. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  7. Then add chopped bhindi. Mix well.
  8. Cover the pan with the lid or plate. Lid should have rim around the edges. Pour a glassful of water on it. Let the bhindi cook with the steam.
  9. Do stir once or twice in between.
  10. Cook till bhindi is cooked and soft, tender.
  11. Lastly add garam masala. Mix well,
  12. turn off the stove.

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