Bhindi curry (Bhende-Olli mirsangi ambat)

Let me first translate the Konkani name into English. ‘Bhindi’ is called as ‘bhende’ in Konkani. ‘Olli mirssangi’ is ‘green chillies’ and ‘ambat’ is ‘gravy’ in konkani. This name is to distinguish between the gravies we make with red chillies and this one.Some people use Potato and Tomato instead of bhindi(okra) for this dish. Aayi usually uses bhindi for this gravy.

Most of the vegetables used in North Kanara food are grown in their own garden. The bhindi which we get in North Kanara is of light parrot green color and big in size compared to the dark green bhindi we usually get in Bangalore and other places. There is a slight differentin taste also. But still I use any kind of bhindi available with me for this dish.

Bhindi(Okra) cut into round pieces 1 cup
Coconut 1 cup
Mustard seeds 1 tea spn
Curry leaves 1 strand
Green chillies 4
Asafoetida(hingu) a pinch
Tamarind extract 1/2 tea spn
Ghee 1 tea spn

Grind together coconut, tamarind and green chillies to a smooth paste.
Heat ghee and add mustard seeds. When they start spluttering, add asafoetida and curry leaves. Add bhindi and salt. Fry for 4-5 mins. Add 1/2 cup water, cover and cook.When bhindi is almost cooked, add the ground masala. Cook for until the masala and bhindi are completely done.
Serve hot with rice.

Serves : 3
Preparation time : 20min

7 Comments for “Bhindi curry (Bhende-Olli mirsangi ambat)”

Arun Kamat


Hi Mami,

I am from Kumat (NK) currently in working in an MNC in Germany. To be honest, i am really really fortunate to come across this website which has listed the real authentic North kanara recipes. All the things listed in your website are my Moms delicacies and I have tried couple of them and I remember my Mom :o))

Thanks again for your effort which is really very helpful.

Keep posting…..

With Best Regards,



This recipe was new to me, made it today for dinner, was liked well by all at home!
tku again!

Best Rgds,



My hubby needs variety in his dinner as he eats only once at home and the portion of his food is only tea and biscuit,i tried your bindi masala and he relished a lot.
thnx once again

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