Bhindi ki sabji | lady finger recipe

Bhindi ki sabji recipe – Simple ladies finger dry curry made with okra, spices, onion and tomatoes. This is an easy to prepare sabji and is healthy as well. The dish is mildly spiced yet it tastes very delicious. It goes well with plain rice, roti or even as a side with plain rice and dal. It also goes well in the lunch box. Since it is a dry curry it can also be used as a filling to make chapati or roti rolls.

bhindi ki sabzi

Tips to make a good bhindi ki sabji

  1. Always choose young bhindi as they are less slimy. So they cook faster and taste good.
  2. Prepare them within a day or two after buying them from the market. They continue to age even though refrigerated.
  3. Avoid buying bhindi with dark spots on them as they indicate they are aged. These take longer to cook and don’t taste good.
  4. Avoid over stirring them in the pan. If they are too slimy, add in a tbsp of lemon juice to get rid of it.

For health benefits, do not overcook ladies finger or until they turn too soft. Just cook until they are no more slimy.

For more Bhindi recipes, you can check
Bhindi masala
Bhindi fry
Ladies finger fry
Bendakaya pulusu
Vendakaya poriyal


Preparation for lady finger recipe

1. Rinse 250 to 300 grams ladies finger under runny water. I spray vinegar and sprinkle some salt. Leave them for about 10 to 20 mins. Rinse them well under running water.

2. Drain them to a colander and let dry them for a while. Wipe off with kitchen tissues or clean napkin. They must not be moist or wet otherwise they will become slimy when you chop.


3. Chop them to half inch pieces and set aside. While you chop, if the knife becomes slimy, wipe off with a kitchen tissue. Then slice 1 large onions (¾ cup sliced). Chop 1 large tomatoes (about half cup chopped) and chop 1 green chili. You can deseed the tomatoes if you don’t like them.

How to make bhindi ki sabji

4. Heat a pan with oil. Add half teaspoon cumin seeds. When the seeds begin to splutter add 1 tbsp chopped garlic. Saute just for 30 seconds without browning the garlic.

frying garlic cumin to make bhindi ki sabji

5. Next add in the sliced onions and green chilies.

adding onions chilies to make bhindi ki sabji

6. Keep strirring and fry them until lightly golden.

golden fried onions to make ladies finger curry

7. Add in chopped bhindi.

Adding ladies finger to the pan


8. Fry them until they are half cooked yet crunchy. But they should not be sticky anymore.

frying bhindi till stickiness goes off

9. While frying stir often but don’t overdo as they become more slimy. Scrape off the bottom gently if it begins to burn. You can also add a tsp of oil to prevent burning.

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keep stirring to make ladies finger curry

10. Sprinkle salt. I used half teaspoon Himalayan salt.

sprinkling salt over bhindi to make sabji


11. Next sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon turmeric, half teaspoon red chili powder and half teaspoon garam masala. If you do not like garam masala in this, just add good pav bhaji masala or sambar powder.

adding spices to bhindi ki sabji

12. Saute for 2 mins.

sauteing bhindi ki sabji in spices

13. Add chopped tomatoes.

adding tomatoes to make ladies finger curry

14. Again fry the ladies finger for 2 mins.

frying for 2 to 3 mins

15. Cover and cook till the tomatoes turn mushy & soft.

cooking ladies finger curry covered


16. Check the salt and spice. If needed add more salt. Then add 1 teaspoon kasuri methi or curry leaves. Fry for another 2 to 3 mins till the raw smell of tomatoes goes away.

sprinkling kasuri methi to make bhindi ki sabji

17. If you prefer fully cooked bhindi, then keep mixing and cook until soft. We eat semi cooked bhindi so I turn off early. .

spicy cooked tender ladies finger

Serve bhindi ki sabji with rice or chapati.

bhindi ki sabji


Recipe card


bhindi ki sabji

Bhindi ki sabji (Lady finger recipe)

Bhindi ki sabji is a simple, easy and healthy curry made with okra or ladies finger. Serve ladies finger curry with plain rice or chapati.

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Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 300



    (bhindi – ladies finger)

  • 2



  • ½


    cumin seeds


  • 1



    (1 cloved chopped, optional)

  • 1



    (sliced, about ¾ cup sliced)

  • 1

    green chili

    (slit or chopped)

  • salt

    as needed

  • ½


    red chili powder

  • ½


    garam masala

    (or 1 tbsp pav bhaji masala or sambar powder)

  • teaspoon


  • 1



    (chopped, about ½ cup)

  • 1


    kasuri methi

    (or curry leaves)

  • 2


    coriander leaves

    (chopped, optional)



Preparation for lady finger recipe

  • Rinse bhindi under running water, Drain them completely. 

  • Wipe them dry with a clean cloth or kitchen tissues. Trim off the ends. Cut them to half inch pieces.

  • Then slice onions. Chop garlic, tomatoes and green chili.

How to make bhindi ki sabji

  • Pour oil to a pan and heat it. Add in cumin. When the seeds begin to sizzle add garlic. 

  • Saute garlic just for 30 seconds. Do not brown them.

  • Next add in onions and fry until slightly golden. Do not brown them.

  • Add chopped bhindi. Mix and fry on a medium flame until it is no more slimy.

  • Keep stirring and fry. By the end of this step bhindi is half cooked.

  • Next sprinkle salt, turmeric, red chili powder and garam masala as well. Mix and fry just for a minute or two.

  • Add in tomatoes. Mix well and fry for 2 mins. Cover and cook bhindi ki sabji on a low flame.

  • When the tomatoes turn soft and mushy, check the salt and spice.

  • If needed add more of them. Add kasuri methi or curry leaves.

  • Fry for a few minutes till the raw smell of tomatoes goes away. You can cook the bhindi to your liking partially cooked or fully cooked.

  • Serve bhindi ki sabji with plain rice or chapati.

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To make this South Indian style – Replace kasuri methi with curry leaves. You can also replace garam masala with 1 tbsp sambar powder.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts

Bhindi ki sabji (Lady finger recipe)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 155

Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g


Sodium 70mg


Potassium 469mg


Carbohydrates 15g


Fiber 5g


Sugar 4g


Protein 3g


Vitamin A 1005IU


Vitamin C 38.1mg


Calcium 115mg


Iron 1.9mg


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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