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Hyderabadi Dahi Bhindi [Fried Okra in Yogurt Gravy]

I have been trying to make Dahi Bhindi for so long and when I found this recipe here, I was so thrilled to try it out ASAP. This recipe is a keeper....everyone at home enjoyed it a lot..lets see if you like it too...give it a try !



Bhindi/Okra - 2.5 cups
Onion[large] finely chopped - 1
Tomatoes [large], finely chopped- 1
Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - pinch
Yougurt - 3/4 cup
Grated coconut - 1tbsp
Cashew nuts - 5-6
Kasuri methi/ dried Feenugreek leaves - 1/2 tbsp
Kitchen King Masala - 1 tbsp
Red Chilli Powder - to taste
Turmeric Powder-½ tsp
Amchur/Dry Mango Powder-½ -1 tsp
Coriander Powder - ½ tsp
Oil - 2-3 tbsp
Salt to taste

For Tempering:
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera/Cumin Seeds-½ tsp
Hing/Asafoetida - A Pinch
Curry Leaves - 8-10 leaves
Oil - 1 tbsp


Cut okra [bhindi/ ladies finger] in to 1 cm thick pieces and sprinkle salt and mix well. Keep it aside for half an hour. This step will reduce the slimness and makes it easy to fry [This is an optional step]

Heat 2-3 tbsp of oil in a pan and fry okra pieces continuously on high flame till they are just cooked. It takes about 7-10mins.Make sure you retain the green color of okras. Transfer the cooked okras to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Soak cashew nuts and grated coconut in water [or milk] and grind it to make smooth paste and keep it aside for later use [Coconut and cashew imparts creaminess to the gravy]

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, let it splutter. Then add cumin seeds , hing and curry leaves.

Now add onions and fry till they turn golden. Now add ginger-garlic paste and fry till it is cooked [raw smell should disappear].

Add all the dry spices [kitchen king masala or garam masala, red chillie powder, coriander powder and amchur powder] along with Kasuri methi. I add water to the dry masala before adding to the curry. This protects the spices from getting burned.

Add chopped tomatoes and sauté till they release their juice [maybe 2 minutes].

Add coconut-cashew paste and mix it nicely. Cook for a minute on medium heat.

Add well beaten curd/yogurt and a pinch of sugar and mix nicely

Now add salt and depending on the consistency of the gravy add 1/2 to 1 cup of water and cook for 5 minutes.

Mix in fried okra [bhindi] and adjust for seasoning and consistency of gravy. Add more water if you think the gravy is thick. Simmer on low heat for 3-5 minutes.

Serve it with Roti [Chapati] or Paratha [Indian flat bread]


Suparna said…
hey Renu,
Hyderabadi vegetarian dishes to seem so royal with all the rich ingredients and flavours :) lovely click
Renu said…
Yes, Suparna I loved the flavors of curry leaves, coconut, methi etc ...this is indeed a wonderful dish !
Anonymous said…
This dish looks really delicious Renu!Mouthwatering presentation!
Love okra in any form...tnx a lot
Guess i am here for the 1st time...
U have a wonderful space dear...!
Shama Nagarajan said…
nice yummy healthy recipe with bhindi...nice photo
Looks lovely, perfect dish for Rotis.
Prathibha said…
That looks yummy....nice color...never knew dahi bhindi is hyderabadi origin
Varunavi said…
Looks so delicious and tempting click :)
Pooja said…
This looks so delicious! I have never had Dahi Bhindi before! Tempting!
Pavithra said…
Fav dish for me ..looks so rich and yummy dear..
Ann said…
This is such a mouth watering picture dear! OMG!!! I'm soo tempted.
Padma said…
Looks so creamy and delicious...
Vrinda said…
Just loved this recipe, Renu..i am gonna bookmark this,thanx for sharing..
anudivya said…
That looks great. How did you avoid the gravy from becoming sticky since both okra and yogurt naturally are.?
Smitha said…
Hate Bindi. But the dish looks really nice,
Renu said…
@ Annu
In order to reduce sliminess of Okra, I sprinkled salt over cut okras and let them sit for 30 minutes....probably that took care of sliminess....
Never had issues with yogurt/ kadhi and gravies always come creamy
Renu said…
@ Smita..
he he....try this one...maybe u'll fall in love with bhindi :))
Parita said…
Oh wow looks soo rich and creamy, i love okra in curd based gravies, will try this next time!
divya agrawal said…
Hi Renu.....I tried your recipe its really yummmmmmmyyyyy thanks for sharing.......I always wanted to make bhindi with gravy but never tried due to its sliminess yesterday also I had a backup plan :) but it was really gud no sliminess...
Renu said…
thx Divya for trying out the recipe...I am glad that it came out good....
Anonymous said…
I made this last night and it was wonderful!! Thanks for the great recipe!

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