Easy Spicy Stir-Fried Okra (Bhindi Masala)


Okra gets a bad rep for its slimy texture but if you make sure to dry the pods thoroughly after washing & before cooking, you will not end up with slimy okra. Try this Easy spicy stir-fried okra, also known as Bhindi Masala.

  • 1 pound fresh okra

  • 2 tbsp oil

  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger (1/2 grated 1/2 julienned)

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 chili pepper, finely chopped (optional)

  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons coriander powder

  • 1 tsp ground cayenne 

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1/8 cup unsweetened dairy-free yogurt 

  • 1 tsp garam masala

  • Salt, to taste

  • 1 Tbsp dried fenugreek leaves 

  • Fresh cilantro (for garnish)


  1. Wash the okra

  2. Wipe them dry thoroughly with a kitchen towel & set them aside. 

  3. Heat a cast iron skillet with the oil on medium & stir fry the okra, until they appear crispy on the outside & partially cooked on the inside. This takes 15-20 minutes. 

  4. Remove okra from skillet & transfer on to a plate. 

  5. To the same skillet, add cumin seeds & stir until fragrant, about a minute

  6. Add chili pepper (if using), ginger, garlic & cook, stirring, until fragrant.

  7. Add the onion & cook, until softened & just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. 

  8. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste & ground coriander, ground cayenne & ground turmeric

  9. Add about 1/2 cup water & cook, stirring, at a simmer for 7-10 minutes

  10. Stir in dairy-free yogurt & continue to simmer for a minute

  11. Stir in okra, without pressing them too much, so that they retain their shape

  12. Adjust consistency by adding water, if needed. 

  13. Stir in garam masala & dried fenugreek leaves 

  14. Serve, garnished with fresh cilantro & remaining ginger


More about Anusha:

Having lived in many countries, Anusha considers herself a “Global Citizen”. She grew up vegetarian and has been vegan for over 5 years. She is passionate about animal welfare, the environment, and healthy living. She loves potatoes, traveling, photography and dogs. Her goal is to inspire everyone to eat clean and nutritious food.

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