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Okra Sidedish (Bhende Upkari)

Bhende upkari is a Konkani classic dish prepared by cooking okra in minimum spices and garnished with coconut.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 3 -4


  • 1 lb 1/2 kg apprx okra(bhende) cut into long pieces
  • 1 tea spn mustard seeds
  • A pinch asafoetida
  • A pinch turmeric
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 4-5 curry leaves optional
  • 1 tbl spn fresh/frozen coconut
  • Oil
  • Salt


  • Cut okra into long pieces.
  • Apply some salt and turmeric to it and set aside. (This step reduces the sliminess of okra when cooked).
  • Heat oil and add mustard seeds.
  • When they start popping, add asafoetida, curry leaves(optional), green chillies slit into halves.
  • Add the okra and mix well.
  • Fry for 2-3 mins and then close the lid and let it cook on medium heat.
  • When it is cooked, sprinkle the fresh coconut on top and take off the heat.
  • Serve hot as a side with rice or chapatis.