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Vendakkai Masala (Okra/Bhindi in Spicy Gravy)

Vendakkai_Masala_Okra_Bhindi_Spicy_Gravy_1 Vendakkai Masala (Okra/Bhindi in Spicy Gravy) suits well with rice and chappati. Okra tastes delicious in this hot spicy gravy.

Okra is known as Vendakkai in Tamil and as Bhindi in Hindi.

Okra plant is shown below.


  • Okra – 500 gram
  • Red chilli powder, Turmeric powder – each ½ tea spoon to fry okra
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For gravy
    • Onion – 6 no Vendakkai_Masala_Okra_Bhindi_Spicy_Gravy_2
    • Garlic – 6 cloves
    • Green chilli – 4 no
    • Tomato – 3 no
    • Ginger – one inch long
    • Tomato puree – 2 table spoon
    • Turmeric powder – ½ tea spoon
    • Kashmir chilli powder – 1 table spoon
    • Coriander powder – 2 table spoon
    • Pepper powder – 1 tea spoon
    • Roasted cumin powder – ½ tea spoon
    • Garam masala powder – 1 tea spoon
    • Salt – as per taste
    • Oil – 3 to 4 table spoon
  • For seasoning
    • Fennel seed – 1 tea spoon
    • Clove – 4 no
    • Cinnamon stick – 2 inch long

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  • Wash and cut okra into 2 inch long pieces; chop onion, ginger, garlic, green chilli to fine pieces (I did it in food processor).

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  • Grind tomato to a fine paste; crush cinnamon and cloves slightly to give nice flavor to the gravy.

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  • Okra fry: Heat a non-stick or any pan with 1 table spoon of oil; add okra, given spices for okra and fry till cooked and crisp.

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  • Gravy for Okra: Heat another pan with remaining oil and do the seasoning; add all chopped items, salt and fry till onion is red in colour.

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  • Add all dry spices, ground tomato paste and fry well till oil separates from the gravy.

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  • Add little water if needed; now add tomato puree and fry till the gravy is fried well for colour, flavour and good taste.

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  • Now add fried okra in the gravy and mix.

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  • Serve hot with steamed rice or chappati.


{ 10 comments… add one }

  • Sushma Mallya June 8, 2010, 12:45 pm

    very nice recipe and i can say its surely delicious just by looking at it…..

  • Priya June 8, 2010, 1:20 pm

    Delicious masala, goes awesome with rice to rotis..

  • Manju Rajender June 8, 2010, 6:52 pm

    My husband loves vendakkai in any form. I think I must try it . Looks extremely good.

  • Swathi June 8, 2010, 8:19 pm


    Spicy vendka nice to have with rice. Looks really good.

  • Lavanya September 25, 2010, 4:51 am

    This dish so delicious. I tried once and got appreciated. I got into this site by checking for Karadaiyan nombu kozhukattai in March 2010. From then,I have been the fan for your receipes all the time. Great Job !!!! Kudos !!!!

    I’m trying to a get a food processor to chop the items. Please let me know which one is has high quality and cost effective. Please let me know your brand also.

  • anubha February 27, 2012, 11:43 am

    Lovely recipe…..My hubby doesnt eat Bhindi but loved the masala in this :)

  • Brijal Patel August 16, 2013, 2:48 am

    sPicey recipe…. i find bhindi sabji with spicinesss….n thanks of u…love it…

  • Srividhya April 30, 2014, 9:48 am

    Tried this yesterday. Brilliant recipe. Thanks for sharing :) I tried two variations though :) Added fried besan 2 tbsp and little kasoori methi..

  • dhatchayani June 21, 2014, 10:41 pm

    ilike this receipe i have one of easy biriyani items in step by step photos please and dosai batter measurement

  • Tara Nair April 30, 2015, 10:26 pm

    Hi Kamala! I was tired of making bhindi in usual ways… while searching for a different recipe, I landed on this post of your blog and I am glad to be here. I made the recipe just as you mentioned and it came out really good. Ugaran aairikhyunnu :) Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe.

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