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Bendekai Saaru | South Indian OKRA CURRY RECIPE | Bhindi Curry


  • 250 g okra (bhindi) cut into 1-inch pieces 

  • 1 + 1 tbsp oil 

  • 1 large onion 

  • 1 large tomato 

  • 3 - 4 garlic cloves 

  • 6 green chillies  

  • 1/4 cup coriander stalks 

  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 

  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds 

  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk or 1 cup fresh coconut 

  • Few curry leaves water  


  1. Wash and dry the okra, trim both ends and cut the okra into 1-inch pieces.  

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan on medium heat and add okra. 

  3. Stir and cook the okra until tender on medium-low heat.  

  4. In a blender add in the onion, tomato, garlic, chillies, coriander stalks, cumin seeds, poppy seeds, and little water. 

  5. Blend to a smooth paste and keep that aside. 

  6. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan.  

  7. Once the oil is hot add mustard seeds and let them pop. 

  8. Add curry leaves and saute, now add in the paste, mix and cook for 2 - 3 minutes. 

  9. Add salt, coconut milk and cook for 1 - 2 minutes (add water if necessary). 

  10. Now add cooked okra, cover and simmer for 2 minutes.  

  11. Turn off the heat and serve the okra curry with ragi mudde or rice.


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