Easy Curried Okra (Bindi Masala)

When cooked right, Okra is delicious! One taste of this Easy Curried Okra recipe, otherwise known as Bhindi Masala, will instantly make you an Okra lover!

Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian, Vegan
Keyword curried okra, indian okra, okra recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 184 kcal
Author Anjali Lalani


For Ganish:

  • fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • fresh lemon juice


  1. Wash the okra pods and pat dry using a towel or let them dry completely on a kitchen towel well ahead of time at room temperature. Note that it is very important to work with completely dry okra before cooking (to keep the okra from becoming slimy while cooking).
  2. Trim the ends of each okra. Using a dry knife, slice once lengthwise in half.
  3. In a large non-stick pan, heat 2-3 teasp cooking oil on medium heat.
  4. Add the black mustard seeds and fry for a few seconds.
  5. Immediately add the sliced okra. Saute on medium heat until completely cooked (~15-20 minutes), carefully flipping using a spatula and mixing a few times in between to evenly cook and keep from burning. Once the okra is tender and lightly browned, it is done cooking.
  6. Sprinkle on the Easy Indian Spice Blend and about 1/2 teasp salt to start. If using, add ground chili powder to taste for spice.
  7. Combine carefully and season to taste with additional salt. Slightly cover the pan, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. The dry spice blend should stick and mix into the cooked okra. If you feel like you need more spice, feel free to add a little extra of the Easy Indian Spice Blend .
  8. Garnish with some freshly chopped cilantro a little freshly squeezed lemon juice (if you prefer). Serve with some fresh home-made tortilla or rice!

Recipe Notes

This dish makes the perfect finger food for toddlers.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Curried Okra (Bindi Masala)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Potassium 797mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 30.1%
Vitamin C 58.5%
Calcium 18.1%
Iron 12.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.