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Stir Fry Okra – Stir Fry Masala Bhindi

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Growing up in India, Stir Fry Okra – Stir Fry Masala Bhindi, was always a staple in our home and something that my family ate substantial amounts of. My mom made okra in multiple ways. For instance, stuffed okra, fried okra, okra curry, or stir-fried okra. Because I have wanted to replicate a lot of my mom’s dishes, this okra recipe is dedicated to her.

Stir Fry Okra - Stir Fry Masala Bhindi

What kind of okra do I need for Stir Fry Okra – Stir Fry Masala Bhindi?

Fresh okra from your garden, grocery store, or the local farmer’s market. I buy mine from the Indian grocery store. This recipe works best with large sized okra.

What ingredients do I need for Stir Fry Okra – Stir Fry Masala Bhindi?

Oil, cumin seeds, onion, ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, salt, kashmiri chili powder, whole okras, and mango powder.

How do I make this recipe?

Firstly, rinse the okra well. Once rinsed wipe the okra with a kitchen towel. The okra needs to be completely dry. You can let them dry in a plate naturally as well. This step is key to prevent the sliminess.

washed and dried okra

Cut the okra edges off. Then chop each okra into 2 pieces. 

okra cut into half

Make a inch to 2 inch slit in each okra piece. This will enable the spices to penetrate the okra.

2 inch slit okra closeup

Slice the onion into long 1/2 inch thick slices.

slice onion lengthwise

Heat oil in a wok on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot add cumin seeds.

 oil in a wok with cumin seeds

When the cumin seeds splutter add onions. Sauté until golden. Stir occasionally.

saute onions

Then add ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, salt, and Kashmiri chili powder. Stir well. Sauté the spices for a few minutes.

adding dry spices to the wok

Add the okra and stir well.

add okra and stir well

Cover the wok with a lid. After that, reduce the heat to low. Let the okra cook on low-heat for 10 to 12 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally. Then add dry mango powder and let the okra cook for about 5 minutes uncovered. Finally, transfer to a serving bowl.

Serve hot with naan, roti or rice.

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stir fry okra -transfer to serving plate

Stir Fry Okra – Stir Fry Masala Bhindi

This okra recipe is simple, easy, and flavorful. Made with a few spices it is a perfect weeknight meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Easy Bhindi, Indian Spicy Okra, Masala Bhindi, Quick Bhindi, Stir Fried Okra, Stir Fry Okra
Servings: 3
Author: Shilpa

Ingredients

Instructions

Prep

  • Rinse the okra. Once rinsed wipe the okra with a kitchen towel. The okra needs to be completely dry. You can let them dry in a plate naturally as well.
  • Cut the edges off. Then chop each okra into 2 pieces. Make a inch to 2 inch slit in each okra.
  • Slice the onion into long 1/2 inch thick slices.

Cook

  • Heat oil in a wok on medium-high heat. When the oil is hot add cumin seeds.
  • When the cumin seeds splutter add onions. Sauté until golden. Stir occasionally.
  • Then add ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, salt, and Kashmiri chili powder. Stir well. Sauté the spices for a few minutes.
  • Then add the okra and stir well.
  • Cover the wok with a lid. Reduce the heat to low. Let the okra cook on low-heat for 10 to 12 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally. Then add dry mango powder and let the okra cook for about 6 to 7 minutes uncovered. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Serve hot with naan, roti, or steamed rice.
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