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Besan Bhindi Masala

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • Bhindi cut into big, slant pieces
  • ½ cup Gram Flour for besan batter
  • Salt for besan batter
  • Water for besan batter
  • Oil
  • ½ tsp Carom Seeds
  • ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Chilli Paste
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 cup Onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Dry Mango Powder/ Lemon Juice
  • ¼ tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • Coriander Leaves fine chopped


  • Wash and dry Bhindi/okra completely take the stem out and cut it diagonally in 1-2 “ pieces and keep aside.
  • Take gram flour/besan in a bowl, add salt and mix it with water and make a smooth and thick paste as shown in video.
  • Whip the batter for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now heat the oil in a pan at medium heat and add oil.
  • When oil is hot add carom seeds and cumin seeds let them splatter and then add ground ginger garlic chilli paste and roast a bit.
  • Next add turmeric powder, roughly chop onions, chopped Bhindi, salt and mix everything.
  • Reduce the flame to low cover and cook while stirring a couple of times.
  • Once Bhindi is soft enough push them in the center and pour besan (gram flour) mixture on the sides as shown in video.
  • Cover and cook it on medium low flame for 3-4 minutes or till besan is dried up.
  • Once besan is dry enough break it in small pieces with your spatula as shown in the video.
  • Mix it well with Bhindi then add red chilly powder, coriander powder, dry mango powder and garam masala.
  • Mix everything well and let sabzi cook with masala for few minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and garnish it with coriander leaves.



Shilpi’s Quick Tricks
  • Always pat dry bhindis with cotton cloth or tissue paper before cooking. Otherwise bhindis will become slimy.
  • I have used red chilly and garam masala which makes this Bhindi little spicy. You can reduce level of spiciness according to your taste buds.
  • We used salt twice in this recipe one time in gram flour and second time in bhindis. Be careful just add small amount of salt both time.
  • Add besan/gram flour mixture only when bhindis are fully cooked and we are not going to cook sabji for long time after that.
Keyword bhindi, main course, sabji
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