Dahi Bhindi/Okra in Yogurt Sauce

Posted: June 1, 2013 in Curries, Hyderabadi, Main Course
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dahi bhindi

Hope you all had very good Memorial Day long weekend. Its been a while I have posted anything on my blog. Okra is one of my favorite vegetable and I love to try different recipes using it. I love its crispiness after deep/shallow frying. The dish which I have tried here is scrumptious and delicious and was surprised to not see it in the menu of Indian restaurants in the USA. I think this dish will be a winner in the restaurants and people will surely like it (of course, if properly made). Dahi Bhindi can be cooked in 3 different ways (that I know of) – Rajasthani, Kerala and Hyderabadi style (each representing different states, flavors and culture of India). This particular recipe follows the Hyderabadi style adapted from Tarla Dalal (famous Indian food writer/chef) with some variations. The creamy texture of the gravy with crisp okras will just amaze you to think how simple dishes can sometimes be so incredible. This will definitely make you more hungry. Hope you would love it like I do.

Ingredients :-

Bhindi/Okra, Washed, dried and chopped
2 cups
Onion, Finely chopped 1 large
Tomatoes, Finely chopped
2 large
Ginger-Garlic Paste
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
Yogurt, beaten
1 cup
Grated Coconut, Frozen/Fresh 1 tablespoon
Cashew Nuts 6-8
Warm milk 3-4 tablespoon
Kasoori Methi/ Dried Fenugreek Leaves
1 tablespoon
Garam Masala
1 teaspoon
Red chilli powder
1 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder
1/2 teaspoon
Amchur Powder/Dried Mango Powder
1/2-1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Coriander Powder
1/2 teaspoon
1-2 tablespoon

For tempering :-

Mustard Seeds
1 tablespoon
Curry Leaves
1/2 teaspoon
Urad Dal/Split Black Lentils
1 teaspoon
Red Chillies, Halved
A pinch
1 tablespoon

Method :-

  • Soak the cashews in warm milk for about 10 minutes.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a pan and add okra pieces to it. Saute the okras on high flame till it crisp.
  • Remove and drain okras on a tissue paper. Keep them aside till needed.
  • Grind soaked cashews and coconut to smooth paste adding the milk used for soaking. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and urad dal in it. When they crackle add red chillies, asafoetida and curry leaves.
  • Add the chopped onion and saute it until they turn light golden.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for another minute till the raw smell disappears and onion turns golden brown.
  • Now add all the dry masalas/powder (garam masala powder, red chilli powder, amchur powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder) along with Kasoori methi and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Mix the chopped tomatoes and fry it until tomatoes turns mushy and oil separates out.
  • Now add grounded cashew-coconut paste and mix it well. Keep stirring for a minute.
  • Add yogurt, sugar and salt  to taste and mix well.
  • Depending on the consistency add 1/2 – 1  cup of water. Simmer the gravy for about 5 minutes.
  • Mix in the okra pieces and adjust the seasonings according to taste. You can add more water if consistency is thick and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve hot with Roti/Indian bread or Rice.

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Note :-

  • You can even deep fry the okras. That will turn the okras more crispy. I prefer pan frying for healthy option.
  • Make sure okras are well dried before you cut.
  • Cook okras without adding any salt and do not cover. This will reduce / remove the stickiness in the Okra.
  • Adding sugar is optional to reduce the sourness of the dish.
  • You can save some of the tempering to add it at last as garnishing.
  1. Liz says:

    I cooked some Okra-stew and I shall be posting tomorrow. This looks very tasty. I have recently started eating Okra more regularly so am trying to find good Okra recipes and I know your blog is a gold mine. Thanks for sharing. I shall be trying out some of your Okra recipes. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a pleasant day!

    • singhsupriya says:

      Thanks for your beautiful comments and Thanks for stopping by!! I love okras in any form. Its one of my fav veggie..Do try and let me know how it turns out. Have a gr8 day!

  2. Seema Nayak says:

    Hi, thank for posting this recipe,looks interesting will definitely try as things mentioned are very much available in our home.

    • singhsupriya says:

      Hi Seema!! Thanks for stopping by! Yah its very easy to make as you can find all the ingredients easily in our Indian house..It will surely surprise your guest! Have a nice day!

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