Achari Bhindi (Spicy Okra)

It's rather strange that while growing up bhindi (okra) was my least favorite vegetable and now it's my absolute favorite. My girls clearly have a much more expanded palate than I did when I was their age and they love bhindi (okra) I love the kurkuri version, the basic curry version and I'm in love with this version. Pair it with a warm chapatti, achar (South Asian pickle) and kachumbar ( a south Asian salad spicy salad) and I'm in heaven. Eating this dish reminds me of us sitting around the kitchen table and squabbling with my sister over who is going to clear up after. Those are definitely some precious memories. I love making dishes that bring up so many memories.


Oil for cooking (I used 3 tablespoons)

2 lbs of okra cut into 1 inch pieces 2 teaspoons cumin seed 1 tablespoon dried coriander seeds crushed 1 tsp anise seed 2-3 dried red chilies Sautés for a few minutes then add 4 cloves of crushed garlic and 1 finger of ginger sliced thinly 2 onions sliced Salt to taste 1.5 teaspoons chaat Masala 1.5 teaspoons coriander powder 1.5 teaspoons cumin powder 1 teaspoon red chili powder 1.5 teaspoons crushed red chili powder 1/2 teaspoon garam masala (make your own, its a game changer) the link to my version of garam masala is 1 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon nigella seeds 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 green chili sliced

3-4 chopped tomatoes


In a pan heat your oil and when hot add the cut up okra and pan fry for a few minutes. Now add the juice of 1 lemon. This helps remove the stickiness that comes with cooking okra. When it is no longer sticky remove and drain on paper towels

In the same pan add a little oil and saute your ginger and garlic. When fragrant add your cumin seed, onions and coriander seeds. Cook for a few minutes.

Now you will add all the rest of the spices and cook for a few minutes. If it gets too dry add a couple of tablespoons of water.

Cook for a few minutes till fragrant then add 1/2 cup whipped yogurt an cook on medium till the oil comes to the top

Now add the chopped tomatoes When the oil comes to the top again add your okra and mix well. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes on low heat. Garnish with chopped cilantro

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