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How to Make Bhindi Masala

Updated on July 16, 2018
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Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves 4 people

Bhindi Masala is one of my favorite dishes. Even those who don’t like lady's finger or bhindi will like this dish. Bhindi masala is basically sauted bhindi or lady's finger with cumin seeds & powdered spices. This dish tastes delicious with chapattis and dal or curd. It is easy to make and don’t take much time.

Ingredients for Bhindi Masala

  • Lady's finger or bhindi 500 grams
  • Cooking Oil 4 tablespoons
  • Onions sliced 2 large
  • Green chillies slit 3-4
  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt according to taste
  • Dried mango powder or amchur 1/2 teaspoon


  1. Properly wash and dry the bhindi (lady's finger). You can also wipe the bhindi with a wet cloth so that it becomes dry. Cut both the ends of bhindi. Now cut bhindi into two inch long pieces by slitting the pieces horizontally without cutting them into two.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a pan or kadai and add the cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds change colour or start to crackle, add the sliced onions and saute till they are light golden. Now add the green chillies and saute for a minute.
  3. Add the bhindi in the pan and sprinkle the red chilli powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder over it. Mix it well. Cook the bhindi over low heat while stirring it occasionally.
  4. Add the salt and amchur to it. When the bhindi is almost cooked, increase the heat and cook for two minutes so that the bhindi becomes crisp. Serve it hot with chapattis or naan along with dal or curd.


  1. Always choose tender bhindi as it gets cooked faster and tastes better.
  2. Always wash the bhindi and wipe it dry before chopping.
  3. Use the suggested quantity of cooking oil as oil helps to get rid of the sticky substance of bhindi.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 4
Calories 216
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 10 g
Carbohydrates 27 g9%
Sugar 5 g
Fiber 7 g28%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 26 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Bhindi Masala Recipe

© 2018 Shaloo Walia


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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Yeah Nithya..this is delicious.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      I love bindi, will try out this recipe. Looks delicious, the taste must be awesome.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      @Mary I am sure you will like it!

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like bhindi or okra as we call it. I will try this recipe.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      @Rinita There can be many variants of this recipe. I sometimes use ground onion-tomato paste. Sometimes I add potato fingers to the dish. Experimenting with the dish adds fun to the cooking.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      @Jodah And I thought that Okra is a common vegetable which is widely used all around the world!!

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      Rinita Sen 

      3 years ago

      Good one, Shaloo. In my cuisine, we add a bit of ground mustard seeds, and no amchur. That is the only difference. Either way, okra/bhindi/lady's finger, many names but with great taste, coming to the forefront with your recipe.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Gondwana Land

      This does sound delicious, Shaloo. I didn't know what bhindi (lady's finger) was either until I read Peggy's comment and found out we call it okra. It isn't widely used here but I did have it growing at one stage and it can sometimes be bought.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      @Dana In India, the women generally know how to cook. My mother is a brilliant cook. Being a working woman, I don't get much time and cook only on weekends.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      Thanks Peggy! I hope you try the recipe someday!

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      Dana Tate 

      3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      It seems as if you really love cooking. Did you grow up in a family where the women enjoyed cooking? I grew up in a family where the women were workaholics. Only my grandmother really enjoyed cooking, but then, she had nine kids.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I had to look up bhindi and found out that it is okra. I love eating okra and have even grown it in my garden. Thanks for your good sounding recipe. Pinning this to my vegetable board.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      @Rajan Bhindi is my favorite veggie too.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I love bhindi in amy form. This bhindi masala looks very inviting.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      @Eric very delicious too :)

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      @Bill If you don't want it spicy then you can reduce the amount of red chilly powder.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seems like it is very spicy. I would eat it but not my wife. :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting


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