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Gujarati Bhindi – Easy Okra

Gujarati Bhindi – Stir Fried Okra is one of my favorite side dishes. It’s the perfect accompaniment to roti or steamed rice. This recipe has very few ingredients and it’s very easy to make. The pairing of okra and Indian spices is classic.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 4


  • 850 grams okra pods (8 cups chopped)
  • 5 tbsp oil of choice
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds  (jeera)
  • 3 serrano peppers, small (hari mirch) (optional)
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric    (haldi)
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder     (cayenne pepper)


Cut Okra

  • Wash your tender okra in cool water and drain in a colander. Make sure its dried very well to prevent the slimy texture. Also, don’t wash the okra until right before you are ready to slice and cook it; otherwise, it could get slimy. Dry it well. Also, rubbing your okra dry with a paper towel also helps scrub off some of the fuzzy hairs on the surface of the pods. Further, using a sharp paring knife, slice off the thicker end of the pod. Furthermore, cut off the pointy end of the pod. Then slice the okra crosswise into evenly spaced rounds about 1/2  inch thick each.


  • When you are ready to cook, place the okra in a plate, cover it with a paper towel and let it cook in the microwave for 5 minutes.
  • Also slit the serrano pepper however, keep it intact.
  • Then, place a pan or pot on medium-heat. Further add oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, add in cumin seeds.
  • Furthermore, when the cumin seeds splutter add in the serrano peppers. Additionally, after about 30 seconds add in okra.
  • Stir well. Next add in salt. Let it sauté for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir continually to prevent sticking to the pan. Moreover, once the okra is cooked midway in about 5 to 8 minutes add in ground turmeric and mix well. Finally add the red chili powder towards the end. Stir well and let it cook for a minute or two. Turn off the flame, transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy with rice or roti.
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