Bhindi is also know as Okra and lady finger, is a delicious vegetable. It’s high in fiber and the slimy stuff in it is good for joints and knees lubrication. Many people dislike this vegetable because of it’s slimy, sticky gravies.

So making good bhindi masala is about how to make non-slimy lady finger (bhindi). So they are various methods like blanching bhindi or frying and soaking in vinegar. So the simple and easy trick is to cook bhindi in an empty skillet without oil or anything and adding it to the dry gravy in the end. You may like my  other vegetable recipes. Easy Aloo palak, Tasty Karela Masala

How to make Bhindi Masala Recipe / Dry Lady Finger with onions and tomatoes

Author: Mariam Huzaifa


Recipe time:30 minutes|Prep time:10 minutes|Cooking time: 20 min|Serving: 4|Course: Lunch|Recipe Type: Vegetable, healthy, 30 minutes lunch recipe, Gluten-free, Paleo, vegan|Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh


  • 500 gm Lady Finger (bhindi)
  • 200 gm,2 medium onions, chopped(piyaz)
  • 200 gm, 3 medium tomatoes,chopped or puree (timatar)
  • 1/2 tbs garlic paste(lahsan)
  • 1/2 tbs ginger  paste (adrak)
  • 1 tbs green chili paste (hari mirch)
  • 1 tbs coriander powder (sookha dhanya)
  • 1/2 tsp whole cumin  (zeera)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1/2 tsp whole fenugreek ( optional)
  • 1 tbs Tamarind pulp (see notes 1)
  • 1/3 cup oil (teel)
  • 3-4 small jalapeno pepper for garnish


  1. Wash and dry lady finger on a towel.
  2. Chop off the end and cut the lady finger in small pieces.
  3. Cook lady finger in a pot on medium without oil with constant stirring so the sticky threads burns for 10 minutes on medium heat.
  4. While lady finger cooks, in another pot, take oil and fry garlic, cumin and fenugreek. Then add turmeric, coriander powder, green chili and ginger paste. Mix well and simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Add onion and fry until soft. Then add tomatoes and cover. Cook till gravy is dry and oil separates.
  6. Add lady finger in the onion tomato gravy and mix well. And cook for 5 minutes without covering.
  7. Yummy Lady finger, Okra (bhindi ) is ready.

Step by step Bhindi Masala/ Dry Lady finger with onion tomato gravy.img_0859

Lady finger should be absolutely dry before cutting, if not the slim liquid will make chopping messy. So first wash and dry lady finger on a towel, and air dry further for few minutes.

Chop off ends.
Cut into pieces.
Sticky thread
Cooking begins
Half done.
  • Put chopped lady finger in a pot and cook it without oil with constant stirring on medium heat. The sticky thread visible in first pic will burn and we will have half done lady finger which not at all slimy or sticky. Set aside.


In another pot, fry garlic, cumin and fenugreek  in a pan, add all remaining spices.


In another pot, fry garlic, cumin and fenugreek  in a pan, add all remaining spices.


Add onions and cook until soft as shown in picture.


Add tomatoes (I used homemade pureed tomatoes, you can used chopped too), cover and cook until tomatoes are soft and cooked.


Add tamarind pulp. Cover and cook till liquid dries.


Add half cooked lady finger in gravy and cook until soft and fully done. Garnish with green chili slices and serve with Green chutney.


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