Sweet and spicy okra

Okra/bhindi must be our most favorite vegetable. We buy it every time we go to Indian grocery store here. I love to learn new dishes with this vegetable. So far whatever I tried with this vegetable, it has always been a hit.

This recipe is based on a recipe I saw on TV few years ago. I don’t remember the name of the original dish, it had coconut base, but when I made it, I did not use coconut. It came out very good. Simple and tasty.

3 cups chopped okra/bhindi
1 tea spn chana dal
1 tea spn + 1/2 tea spn urad dal
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
1 tea spn coriander seeds
1 tea spn mustard seeds
A pinch asafoetida
4-5 red chillies
1 tea spn jaggery
1/2 tea spn tamarind
2-3 cloves
1″ cinnamon
5-6 curry leaves
A pinch turmeric

Heat oil and cloves, cinnamon, chana dal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, 1 tea spn urad dal, red chillies, asafoetida and make into a powder.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal. When they start popping, add curry leaves. Add okra, salt and turmeric. Fry for a while till they soften. Add the powder, jaggery, tamarind and cook till done.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20mins

8 Comments for “Sweet and spicy okra”


I too love Okra and I never understand people who say that they hate it! I can have it just sauteed with some salt and green chilies. Hope you had a great weekend Shilpa!


Anything with okra is worth a try! Love your kadai:-) The recipe is nice with tamarind and jaggery, have not made it this way for a long time now..


Wow ! that looks yum…Both me and husband loveee okra..Will sure try them when I next get okra…

Love ur blog, has got a great collection..will do visit often…



Hi Shilpa,
Just a point. There is 1 tsp plus half tsp urad dal in ingredients, but only 1 tsp in the powder. Did that half tsp need to be added to the phanna?

Your recipes are great! Thanks for all the work you put into these recipes


Shilpa: Yes. Updated the recipe. Thanks for pointing out.



Your recipes rock!!! I have been reading your recipes and trying them out. The result so far has been good :) :)



hey this recipe was a terrific hit with my kids. Keep up the good work. I have been trying to trace a recipe of the famous “buns” from Mangalore, all in vain. Can u helP? Thanks

shilpa: It is under breakfast items.

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