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Bendakaya Thalimpu / Bhindi Tadka/ Okra Stir Fry

Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena Prep Time:10 mins   Cooking Time:10-12 mins   Cuisine:Indian One of the best reasons for consuming more okra is that it is packed full of nutrients that are essential for good health. Thanks to having lots of beneficial nutrients, vitamins, and minerals….

Recipe Cooked, Photographed and Written by Praveena

PrepTime:10 mins  CookTime:10-12 mins  Cuisine:Indian

One of the best reasons for consuming more okra is that it is packed full of nutrients that are essential for good health. Thanks to having lots of beneficial nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Okra is not just delicious to eat but can be used to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve your mood, and strengthen your immunity. Many people who have diabetes drink okra water to help regulate blood sugar levels (info from internet).

This stir fry recipe is the basic curry I make with Okra/ Bhindi/ Bendakaya. Its very simple but might be tough to get it non-sticky. I gave the tips I use to get it non-sticky even when the okra/ bhindi are not so fresh.

My kids love this stir fry so much, that they could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner too.. haha.. Try this Vegan+LessOil recipe of mine.

Before starting to cook, don’t forget to see the Tips which I mentioned at the end.

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okra fry bhindi tadka


  • Okra/ Bhindi/ Bendakaya – 250 gms
  • Cooking Oil – 3 tablespoons
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Red Chilli powder/Paprika – 1½ teaspoons
  • Turmeric Powder/ Pasupu/ Haldi – ½ teaspoon

Ingredients for Tempering:

  • Urad dal / Minapappu / Split Black gram – ¾ teaspoon (optional)
  • Chana dal / Senagapappu / Split Yellow Gram – ¾ teaspoon (optional)
  • Jeera / Cumin Seeds – ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard Seeds / Aavalu – ½ teaspoon
  • Sesame Seeds/ Til/ Nuvvulu – ½ teaspoon
  • Dry Red Chillies – 3
  • Curry Leaves/ Karivepaku – 4 to 5

Special Ingredients:

  • Curry Leaves/ Karivepaku


  • Firstly, wash the okra/ bhindi/ bendakaya thoroughly.
  • Pat them dry on paper towels so that they dont have water droplets on them.
  • Cut them breadth wise into 1 inch size pieces. Keep aside.
  • Put a frying pan on stove top under medium flame, add the oil and heat it up.
  • Add all the ‘Ingredients for tempering’ and saute them as in pic below.39511723430_23d2534065_o

    Finely fried, ‘Ingredients for Tempering’ 

  • Now, add all the okra/ bhindi pieces into the pan and toss/stir fry in between. 40425197365_10295281bd_o

    Bhindi/ Okra/ Bendakaya pieces added to the tempering

  • After 5 mins the pieces might be softened/ half cooked then add the salt and turmeric as shown below.27448833758_d55ffce3d1_o

    Salt and Turmeric powder added to the half fried Bhindi/ Okra/ Bendakaya

  • Give everything a mix such that the salt is coated throughout the pieces. 
  • Leave it for 3-4 mins until its fully fried ( as per your preference) and then add the red chilli powder as shown below.40425046295_e523e59b37_o

    Red Chilli Powder/Paprika added to the pan fried Bhindi/ Okra/ Bendakaya

  • Mix everything gently, let the flame be on for 2 more mins.
  • Switch the flame off, tansfer the fry/curry into a serving bowl. Done!!


  • Do not cut the okra/ bhindi into very tiny pieces which might make mushy.
  • Try to dry / pat dry by any means after washing the okra/ bhindi. It means that water on this veggie makes it mushy, so try to get rid of.
  • Prefer to use non-stick pan or cast-iron pan for frying.
  • You can completely avoid the tempering part of the recipe.
  • Do not add salt at the beginning of the stir fry.
  • Do not cover the pan with lid at any point.
  • Prefer to toss the pan or stir fry gently to avoid stickiness.
  • You can add the salt and chilli powder as per your taste.
  • This curry stays good upto 1 day at room temperature and upto 3-4 days when kept in refrigerator.


  • The taste of this curry is medium in spice and texture is soft.
  • It can be happily taken along with any rice, any bread, roti, chapathi, paratha. or along with lettuce wrap too.41278150712_cc2bfc585f_o

    Bhindi Tadka/ Okra Stir Fry/ Bendakaya Thalimpu in a serving dish

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