If there’s one classic bhindi (okra) dish with North Indian flavors, it is the Bhindi Masala. This is a semi-dry preparation featuring the star ingredient okra pods (bhindi in Hindi), piquant onions, tangy tomatoes, bold Indian spices and herbs. It is one of the most popular dishes served in almost all restaurants too, of North India.
My Bhindi Masala Recipe is an easy and delicious Punjabi style preparation, which is also vegan, gluten free and quite wholesome. There’s a video as well as the step-by-step picture demonstration that’ll help you to make it at your home.
okra or lady’s fingers is called ‘Bhindi’. The term ‘Masala’ in this preparation refers to a sautéed and cooked base of aromatics like onions, garlic, ginger with the usual tomatoes and a handful of Indian spices and herbs.
Thus the Bhindi Masala Recipe actually refers to okra made in a tangy and spiced masala base of onions, tomatoes, ground spices and herbs. The spice combination that I have used in this recipe is often added to many other recipes from the Punjabi cuisine.
Some years back, I had tried Bhindi Masala in a North Indian restaurant and it was super delightful, in fact fantastic! The flavors and texture of the dish just overpowered its simplicity.