Tuesday, July 9, 2013



Lady's fingers/okra or "bhindi" as they are called in Hindi is often used in most Indian vegetarian homes. They are known to have numerous health benefits.  Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for dishes using lady's fingers such as Bharwan Bhindi, Bhenda Sagle,  and Spicy Bhindi Andhra style.

Today's Masaledar Bhindi is adapted from the recipe by Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor in one of his many cookery books.

For best results, it is essential that the bhindi you choose should be tender.


  • Bhindi (Lady's Fingers/Okra), 250 gms
  • Besan ( Gram Flour) 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Amchur ( Dry Mango Powder) 2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 2 tsp
  • Roasted Cumin Powder, 2 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder, 3/4 tsp
  • Oil, 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chillies, chopped, 2

Wash the lady's fingers and pat them till they are fully dry
Cut the two ends of the lady's fingers
Make a slit lengthwise from top to bottom on each of the lady's fingers. Keep aside.
In a bowl, combine together the besan, turmeric powder, chilli powder, amchur, coriander powder and garam masala powder
Add 1 tbsp of oil to this, add salt and mix well to form the masala for the stuffing 
Stuff this masala into the slits of each of the lady's fingers

In a non-stick kadhai, heat the remaining oil and when it gets hot on medium heat add the cumin seeds and chopped green chillies and saute for 1 minute
Now add the stuffed lady's fingers and saute for 5 minutes
Lower the heat, cover with a lid and cook till the lady's fingers are done stirring from time to time
Remove the cover and saute till the lady's fingers are crisp.
Serve hot.

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