Sindhi Bhindi Masala

Sindhi Bhindi Masala

During the year that I lived in Amravati, India. I must’ve had 30 or 40 slightly different varieties of Sindhi Bhindi Masala. Usually just referred to as Bhindi (Hindi word for okra), this spicy okra dish is North Indian in origin. The kind I learned to make in Indian kitchens is a typical, traditional Punjabi and Sindhi vegetable dish.

Bhindi Masala is a regular feature at family lunches and dinners, and was in my lunch tiffin more often than not. Every restaurant cook, every mother, every sister, every grandmother, and every hobby-cook son cooks their okra a little different than the next. Sometimes in curry sauce, usually without. Some were still a bit crunchy, some melted in my mouth. Often they were intentionally burnt and bathing in oil, others were so spicy my lips went numb and my nose started to run away. As a guest at homes and in restaurants, I usually ate this with chapati bread — along with everyone else. At home I usually make it with rice. That’s partly because I love rice, and partly because I’m just not really Mr. Chapati Master. Well, not yet. I’m working on it still!

p.s. This recipe (and photo) were updated for The Lotus and the Artichoke – WORLD 2.0. It’s even better than before! Dig in!

Sindhi Bhindi Masala

North Indian okra

serves 2 / time 30 min

Recipe from The Lotus and the Artichoke – WORLD 2.0

(Rezept auf Deutsch unten)

  • 3 cups (7 oz / 250 g) okra
  • 2 small (100 g) tomatoes chopped
  • 1 small (75 g) onion chopped optional
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped optional
  • 1 green chili seeded, sliced optional
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1 tsp coriander ground
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric ground
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1 Tbs chickpea flour (besan)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • small handful fresh coriander chopped, for garnish
  1. Rinse and dry okra. Cut and discard ends and tips (1/2 in / 1 cm each side). Slice into 1 in (3 cm) pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a medium pot or pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds. After they start to pop (20–30 sec), add chopped onion, garlic, and chili (if using), followed by ground cumin, coriander, Garam Masala,
    and asafoetida. Fry, stirring regularly, until richly aromatic and onions begin to soften, 2–4 min.
  3. Add chopped okra, tomatoes, and turmeric. Fry, stirring regularly, until tomatoes fall apart, 4–5 min.
    Add a bit of water and reduce heat if needed.
  4. Stir in 1/4 cup (60 ml) water, chickpea flour, and salt. Continue to cook on medium low heat, gradually stirring in remaining 1/4 cup (60 ml) water, until okra are mostly soft and sauce has thickened, 8–12 min.
  5. Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Remove from heat.
  6. Garnish with chopped fresh coriander and serve with basmati rice, naan, or chapati (roti).
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Sindhi Bhindi Masala

Sindhi Bhindi Masala

Nordindische Okraschoten

2 Portionen / Dauer 30 Min.

Rezept aus The Lotus and the Artichoke – WORLD 2.0

  • 3 Tassen (250 g) Okraschoten
  • 2 kleine (100 g) Tomaten gehackt
  • 1 kleine (75 g) Zwiebel gehackt wenn gewünscht
  • 2 Knoblauchzehen fein gehackt wenn gewünscht
  • 1 grüne Chilischote entsamt, in Scheibchen geschnitten wenn gewünscht
  • 2 EL Pflanzenöl
  • 1 TL schwarze Senfsamen
  • 1 TL Kreuzkümmel gemahlen
  • 1 TL Koriander gemahlen
  • 1/2 TL Garam Masala
  • 1/8 TL Asafoetida (Asant)
  • 1/4 TL Kurkuma gemahlen
  • 1/2 Tasse (120 ml) Wasser
  • 1 EL Kichererbsenmehl (Besan)
  • 3/4 TL Salz
  • 1 TL Zitronensaft
  • 1/2 TL Zucker
  • 1 kleine Handvoll frisches Koriandergrün gehackt, zum Garnieren
  1. Okra gründlich waschen und abtropfen lassen. Spitzen und Enden der Schoten abschneiden (je 1 cm).
    In 3 cm große Stücke schneiden.
  2. Öl in einem mittelgroßen Topf oder einer Pfanne auf mittlerer Flamme erhitzen. Senfsamen hineingeben. Nach deren Aufplatzen (20 bis 30 Sek.) Zwiebel, Knoblauch und Chilischote (falls gewünscht) hinzufügen. Danach Kreuzkümmel, Koriander, Garam Masala und Asafoetida zugeben. 2 bis 4 Min. unter Rühren anschwitzen, bis die Zwiebel weich wird und es aromatisch duftet.
  3. Okra, Tomaten und Kurkuma einrühren und 4 bis 5 Min. unter Rühren braten, bis die Tomaten zerfallen. Bei Bedarf etwas Wasser hinzufügen und Flamme herunterstellen.
  4. 1/4 Tasse (60 ml) Wasser, Kichererbsenmehl und Salz einrühren. 8 bis 12 Min. auf niedriger Flamme köcheln, bis die Okraschoten fast weich sind und die Soße eindickt. Dabei nach und nach restliche
    1/4 Tasse (60 ml) Wasser einrühren.
  5. Zucker und Zitronensaft hinzufügen. Umrühren und vom Herd nehmen.
  6. Mit gehacktem Koriandergrün garnieren und mit Basmati-Reis, Naan oder Chapati (Roti) servieren.

3 thoughts on “Sindhi Bhindi Masala

  1. This is delicious!!! This is one of my favorite Indisn dishes, and this will be my go to recipe. Wish I had made a double batch tonight! Your palak tofu-paneer is another of my new faves. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  2. Thanks, Melissa! I’m glad to hear you like the Palak Paneer, too. Please let me know if you try other recipes, and I’m here if you’ve got any questions or feedback. You should be able to double the recipes without any trouble. I do it often. :)

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