Bhindi (Stir-Fried Okra)


  • 500 g fresh okra
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 green chili peppers, finely chopped (optional, adjust to desired heat level)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander for garnish (optional)




  1. Wash the okra thoroughly and pat dry. Trim the ends and cut the okra lengthwise into halves.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan or skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  3. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and grated ginger to the pan. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown.
  4. Add the chopped green chili peppers (if using) and sauté for another minute.
  5. Add the turmeric powder, ground cumin, and ground coriander to the pan. Stir well to coat the spices evenly on the onions.
  6. Add the halved okra to the pan and mix gently with the onion-spice mixture. Ensure that the okra is well coated with the spices.
  7. Cook the okra over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it becomes tender and slightly crispy. This usually takes around 10-12 minutes.
  8. Season with salt according to your taste preferences and mix well.
  9. Remove the pan from heat and garnish the bhindi with fresh coriander leaves if desired.
  10. Serve the delicious bhindi as a side dish with rice or Indian breads like roti or naan.

Enjoy the flavorful and healthy bhindi as part of your Indian meal!

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