Garlicky Spiced Okra {Lehsuni Bhindi}

by Kiran on March 18, 2015 · 14 comments

in Indian, Stir Fry, Vegetarian

Known to the English as “LadyFingers”, “Okra” to the Americans, and “Bhindi” to me — whatever you want to refer it as, making and devouring bhindi should be on your weekly menu.


Garlicky Spiced Okra {Lehsuni Bhindi} | @KiranTarun
It literally takes minutes to prepare and seconds to devour. Mom, mom in law, sister and me — we all have our own version of cooking bhindi.

This has to be one of my favorite. What’s not to love when a recipe begins with “garlicky”? Except for garlic breath, and that’s easily remedied by popping breath mints.

Tell me I am right. By cooking this, stat.

Garlicky Spiced Okra {Lehsuni Bhindi} | @KiranTarun

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Serves 4, as a side


  • 1 lbs of bhindi
  • 4 tbsp mustard oil, or any preferred cooking oil
  • 3/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp mango powder (aamchur)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala


  1. Rinse bhindi and wipe it completely dry with paper towels. Allow to air dry before cooking. Less moisture will ensure less sliminess.
  2. Once bhindi is completely dry, remove the tops and slice lengthwise.
  3. Heat a heavy bottomed skillet or karahi on medium-high. Add mustard oil. Wait for oil to begin smoking before adding cumin seeds.
  4. Once cumin seeds begins to spurt/crackle, add chopped onions, green chili and turmeric powder. Stir to cook for 2 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
  5. Throw in sliced bhindi and stir fry for a good 5 to 7 minutes. Once bhindi has lightly blistered, sprinkle in coriander powder, red chili powder and sliced garlic. Fry for a minute before lowering the heat, putting on a lid to cook for at least 5 minutes.
  6. Every now and then, stir in between.
  7. Once bhindi is almost tender, sprinkle in mango powder, salt and garam masala. Stir to coat and increase the heat to medium-high. Stir fry for 2 more minutes.
  8. Serve immediately.


Garlicky Spiced Okra {Lehsuni Bhindi} | @KiranTarun
It is said that, “less is more”. Not that I’m agreeable when it comes to spices and garlic. Load ’em up! 😉

Do you love or hate bhindi? My personal advice, never hate.


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1 dixya | food, pleasure, and health March 18, 2015 at 11:18 AM

while i don’t exactly hate it, for some reason i never eat okra. you make everything look so pretty and delicious.
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2 Kiran March 25, 2015 at 9:18 PM

Oh, you must now! Come on 😉


3 Nina Sanchez March 18, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Your food pictures are all so beautiful and make me wanna try all your recipes. Thanks for sharing them!


4 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ March 18, 2015 at 1:53 PM

I like Okra! Garlic? Only when is stir fried, like in this recipe – unfortunately my stomach can’t digest raw garlic.
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5 Angie@Angie's Recipes March 18, 2015 at 3:23 PM

You make the simple things look really beautiful and inviting!
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6 Richa {} March 18, 2015 at 5:27 PM

I think i fall into hate and like relationship with okra too. I like it perfectly cooked without the slimyness. with all that garlic this will surely be a hit!
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7 Carol at Wild Goose Tea March 18, 2015 at 8:24 PM

I am relatively ignorant about cooking with this veggie. Someone brought some to our family reunion last year and we had a MAJOR cooking failure. Gak! But the spices you are using—–anything would taste divine!
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8 Tania @My Kitchen Stories March 19, 2015 at 7:57 AM

What a great way to prepare Okra. It is not one of my favourite vegies but one this way I would love it


9 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You March 19, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Okra has the power to talk to my heart and memories. This dish looks absolutely delicious with so many great spices.
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10 Juliana March 20, 2015 at 12:33 AM

I like okra, but always sauté with garlic form the lack or inspiration…now seeing your recipe I will definitely add all the spices as well…sounds delicious Kiran.
Hope you are enjoying your week 🙂


11 Amy @ Elephant Eats March 20, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Do you know I’ve NEVER cooked with okra?! But I love the preparation here…I’m totally gonna try it!
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12 Raymund March 23, 2015 at 2:51 PM

One of the vegetables we love at home, love its texture and flavour. Thanks for this recipe we have another way to prepare our loved vegetable
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13 Honey, What's Cooking? March 26, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Bhindi is actually my second favorite subzi after Baingan da Bharta. I love bhindi. Definitely have different variations, haven’t seen this one before. Very nice. Inspiring.
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14 Sophie April 25, 2015 at 7:05 AM

I love okras but rarely take them home! A grand tasty recipe for them to use & make at home! 😉
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