Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dahiwali Bhindi

Ladies finger, Okra or Bhindi as it is popularly know in India is a very commonly used vegetable in many side dishes. It is usually fried since it tends to be gooey if made into a gravy.

Nevertheless this vegetable is very tasty and is a good source of iron. There are myriads of ways to make Bhindi. But if you want to make it in a different way or if you are in a mood to make Bhindi which is a little semi dry and tangy you can look at this recipe given below.

It comes from the land of Rajasthan and is made with curd i.e yogurt. It is very simple to make and takes less time too. At the same time this is one dish that looks very presentable especially when you have guests and you want to make something that looks very good.

Here goes the recipe:
  • Bhindi - 15 to 20
  • Onion - 2 Medium, thinly sliced
  • Green Chillies - 1 -2
  • Gram Flour or Besan - 1-2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Kitchen King Masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil - 4-5 tbsp
  • Yoghurt - 2-3 tbsp
  • Jeera or Cumin Seeds (You can also use Shahi Jeera for that extra richness :) )


  1. Clean and wipe the Bhindi of any water. Chop both the ends of the Bhindi.

  2. Apply half the amount of Haldi, Coriander, Cumin, Garam Masala and salt to taste. Add the entire amount of Gram Flour and mix well.

  3. Take a pan and pour half the oil and once the oil is hot enough fry the Bhindi in the oil till almost cooked. Drain out the oil and set it aside.

  4. Keep the vessel that you used to mix the bhindi with the masala aside for later use.

  5. Pour the rest of the oil and when the oil is hot add the cumin seeds.

  6. Once the cumin seeds sputter add the sliced onions and add a pinch of salt. Add the chopped Green Chillies and fry till onions turn golden brown.

  7. Add the Haldi, Red Chilli, Cumin, Coriander, Garam masala Powder and fry for some more time.

  8. Add the fried Bhindi into the mixture and fry further for some time.

  9. Now add the Yogurt into the vessel with the masala (Refer #4). Beat it into a smooth paste.

  10. Mix this yogurt mixture into the Bhindi and fry for a couple of minutes.

  11. Close the lid and let this cook for 5-6 minutes till done on a slow flame.

  12. Once done add the Kitchen King Masala and mix well.

  13. Dahiwali Bhindi is ready to serve. Goes well with Roti or Rice served along with any dal.

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