Achari Bhindi (Spicy Okra)


Achari Bhindi is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for any occasion. Okra, also known as ladyfingers or bhindi, is a vegetable that is commonly used in Indian and African cuisine. It is known for its unique texture and slimy consistency, which can be quite polarizing for some people. However, when prepared correctly, okra can be a delicious and nutritious addition to any meal. It’s rather strange that while growing up bhindi (okra) was my least favourite vegetable and now it’s my absolute favourite. 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.

Achari Bhindi

Achari Bhindi (Spicy Okra)

Chef Sammy
Achari Bhindi is perfect for those who love spicy food, as it uses a combination of spices, such as cumin, chili powder, Garam masala pepper, Chaat masala etc to give it a nice kick. The okra is also cooked with onions and tomatoes, which add a nice sweetness and balance out the spiciness.   The recipe is quite easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. It can be served as a side dish or as a snack and also can be enjoyed with rice, roti, or as a topping on salads. It is also a great dish for vegetarians and vegans, as it is a tasty and healthy way to incorporate more vegetables into their diet. Okra is a unique vegetable that is packed with nutrients, making it a healthy addition to any meal. It is low in calories and high in fiber, making it a great choice for weight loss. It also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and folate. Okra is also a good source of antioxidants, which can help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Overall, Achari Bhindi is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you're looking for a tasty side dish or a spicy snack, this recipe is sure to please and also it's a great way to incorporate more healthy vegetable into your diet.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian


  • Oil
  • 2 lbs Okra cut into 1inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin seed
  • 1 tablespoons Dried Coriander seeds crushed
  • 1 tsp Anise seed
  • 2-3 dried Red chilies
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 finger Ginger sliced thinly
  • 2 Onions sliced
  • Salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons Chaat masala
  • 1.5 teaspoons Coriander powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons Cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoons Red Chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons Red Chili powder crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nigella seeds
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro chopped
  • 1 Green chili sliced
  • 3-4 Tomatoes chopped


  • Sautés for a few minutes then add 4 cloves of crushed garlic and 1 finger of ginger sliced thinly
  • 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
    Achari Bhindi
Keyword Vegetable

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