Bhindi Masala Recipe – Indian style cooked okra with lot of different spice powder. It is very easy and quick to make semi-dry kind of subzi. Curried version of okra is very rare in my kitchen.
I usually make this okra subzi once in two weeks. Dear husband always loves bhindi recipe, no matter it is stuffed okra or aloo bhindi or bhindi do pyaza or bhindi bhaji. I just gave this dish a name ‘Bhindi Masala’ because we are going to use lot of malasa (aka spice powders) in the recipe. This is the best ‘no onion no garlic bhindi fry recipe’.
I got this recipe from a cookbook. Now I do not remember the name of cookbook. Hubby dropped me to the nearby library while he was attending his work meeting. I found an interesting Indian cookbook and noted down the recipe in my note. The original recipe was for stuffed okra. But I like the stuffed one Gujarati style, so made the recipe this way. But if you want you can stuff the okra with this masala. Just make vertical slit in okra without breaking it into two and stuff the masala mixture and cook. Here I have shared step by step recipe for stuffed okra.
This subzi has ton of flavors, it has balanced flavor of sweetness and sourness from fennel and aamchur. You can adjust the red chili as per your taste. 1 teaspoon will give you medium spicy taste.
Be careful while adding salt, as your chaat masala might have some salt in it.
Step by step recipe for Bhindi Masala:
1) check out here, how to clean and cut okra, so it will not be slimy.
2) Now take all the dry spices (Clockwise - turmeric powder, coriander powder, fennel seeds powder, garam masala, red chili powder, aamchur powder. In the center top is roasted cumin powder and bottom one is chaat masala.)
3) Mix them well along with the salt.
4) Add spice mixture to okra.
5) And mix well with the hand, so that all the masala is coated well. Why not add spices in the pan along with orka in the oil? Because in this recipe there are too many spices and to get mix properly you might need to stir for a while with spatula. And as you know that okra will become slimy if you stir it too many times. That’s why I added before.
6) Heat the oil in pan on medium heat. Once hot add okra. And mix once so oil gets coated.
7) Cover the pan and let it cook. Stir in between to make sure that okra it not sticking to the pan. As okra cooks, they shrink and become darker in color.
8) Once cooked switch off the stove and serve.
I have served this as a side dish with Goan Varan bhaat.
Here is the Bhindi Masala recipe/ Bhindi Fry Recipe:
- Okra – ½ lb or 250 grams (about 3 cups sliced)
- Oil – 2 tablespoons
- Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
- Coriander powder – 3 teaspoons
- Fennel seeds powder – 1 teaspoon
- Garam masala – ½ teaspoon
- Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
- Aamchur powder (Dried mango powder) – 1 teaspoon
- Roasted cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
- Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon
- Salt – to taste
- Wash the okra well. Wipe and dry those well using paper towel or kitchen towel. This is important step to make end product without any sliminess.
- Then cut the head and tail part off. Slice okra in half. While slicing the okra do wipe off the sticky knife with paper towel, this also helps to avoid stickiness while and after cooking okra. Do repeat cleaning knife as it gets sticky.
- Mix all the dry spices them well along with the salt in a small bowl or plate.
- Add spice mixture to okra.
- And mix well with the hand, so that all the masala is coated well.
- Heat the oil in pan on medium heat. Once hot add okra. And mix once so oil gets coated.
- Cover the pan and let it cook.
- Stir in between to make sure that okra it not sticking to the pan. As okra cooks, they shrink and become darker in color.
- Once cooked switch off the stove and serve.
Shelf life – it can be refrigerated up to 3 day in air tight container after it cools completely.
Serving suggestions – serve with roti or paratha. It can be served as a side dish with your dal-rice.