Wednesday 18 June 2014

Okra Curry With Yogurt and Roasted Peanuts | दही और मूंगफ़ली वाली भिंडी | Step Wise




Hi All!!

I’m sharing yet another simple curry with one of my favourite vegetable Okra/भिंडी/Bhindi. My penchant for this vegetable can be seen with the number of curries I’ve posted using it. And today I’m sharing THE most favourite version of mine.

As a child, I always over ate whenever my Mom made this curry and she kept pampering me by making it quite often. Post marriage it has now become a favourite with my husband and the elder one too. The younger one unlike me despises the Okra and that’s the reason that I’m unable to cook Okra that frequently in my kitchen. But there are days when I do not relent to his choice of not eating this vegetable and though half heartedly, he eats it. For a change he prefers to eat this version of Okra more than the others which is a kind of respite for me as a homemaker who has to keep every one satisfied.

It’s a very simple home style curry which gets ready using a very few ingredients. And if a few ingredients are omitted, this can be eaten during fasting/upvaas days also. This curry will be loved by those people, who love the flavour of cumin, as the maximum flavour comes from that. The sourness to the curry gets contributed by the curds and the nutty flavour and crunch by the roasted peanuts. As it’s a yogurt based curry, the spice level from the chillies has to be kept high, else it would taste bland and my family hates bland food. One always has a choice of adjusting the spice level as per their taste. One can eat this curry with roti or rice, choice or preference is completely up to you.



दही और मूंगफ़ली वाली भिंडी

Okra Curry With Curds and Roasted Peanuts

Preparation Time:20mins | Cooking Time: 15mins | Serves:3-4 | Difficulty Level:Easy


Ingredients (in the sequence of use)

5-6tbsp oil

1tbsp cumin seeds

2green chillies cut into small pieces

1/2tsp turmeric powder

600gms Okra/Lady’s finger/भिंडी, cut into 1inch pieces

salt to taste

a few drops lemon juice (optional)

2tsp red chilli powder (add less for less spicy)

3tsp cumin powder

1cup of coarsely crushed roasted peanut

3/4cup of yogurt

1-1-1/2cups water

coriander for garnishing






Wash the okra and wipe them dry. Tip and tail. Cut into an inch pieces.


Heat oil and splutter the cumin, while it starts spluttering reduce the flame and add green chillies followed by turmeric powder. This prevents both the cumin and turmeric from burning.


Add the Okra and increase the flame to high. Add the salt and mix okra well. One would find the sticky strings getting formed in a few minutes, keep mixing and few drops lemon juice to remove the strings.


Once the strings start to disappear which takes about 5-6minutes, add the red chilli powder, cumin powder and mix thoroughly.


Now add the coarse peanuts and mix.


Mix the yogurt with a little water.


Remove the pan from heat and add the yogurt and mix thoroughly.


Add more water and put it back on flame. Let the curry boil and while it boils, it gets cooked completely and thickens.

Garnish with coriander and serve hot with rice and roti.


If turmeric is avoided in the curry and the curry cooked in clarified butter, this curry is apt for Upvaas/Fasting days.

More Recipes Using Okra

Okra with Poppy and Sesame

Bendekayi Gojju (Okra in sweet and tangy gravy)

Dahi wali Bhindi/ Okra in Yogurt Gravy

Crispy Okra With Caramelized Onions

Restaurant style Bhindi Do Pyaza

Smoked Cottage Cheese Stuffed Okra

Okra Fenugreek Leaves Dry Curry

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Home Cooked food said...

I make it same way minus peanuts, lovely dish and notice that new pan.

Catherine said...

What a wonderful and flavorful meal. Blessings dear. Catherine

Pari Vasisht said...

I've been using this pan for ages, it's you who is noticing it now. Pls go through my archived posts☺:)

foodydelight said...

Nice combination of okra and peanut ....will sure try it once.

great-secret-of-life said...

one of my fav dish.. I make it quite often too

Rajani said...

This is a new recipe with lady's finger. I would love to try it out soon. BTW, id not know that turmeric is not consumed during upvaas. Do you know the reason for that?

Pari Vasisht said...

Rajani, some people consume turmeric during fasting and others do not. The fasting rules vary from place to place but in N.India I have not seen people using it. I'm quite clueless to why things are avoided or eaten but the only thing that I've understood is that strong flavours are avoided during fasting.

Preetha said...

A very new recipe to me....

Hamaree Rasoi said...

This is new to me that haldi can't be consumed during vrat days...With peanut this recipe sounds good...And the pictures are also very good

nandoos kitchen said...

never tried okra with peanuts. Nice and yumm..

Priya Suresh said...

This curry is so nutty, just a bowl of rice is enough for me to enjoy this colourful curry.

Unknown said...

Innovative bhendi

Priya Shiva said...

Wow! Okra with peanuts. Both my fav and will try soon!


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