Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bhindi Besan (Okra & gram flour sabzi)

Our team in office was considered as the DReaM team, one can think of. We used to have lunch, coffee together and also work, ofcourse...:))) . Other groups/teams were amazed & sometimes jealous to see our unity. Fantastic team members.

Let me tell you why I'm telling this...I learnt this recipe from one of my colleagues. He explained the preparation on lunch table so well that we felt as if we had it :)) We all used to carry our lunch boxes(as usual, fed up of canteen food) & sometimes wonder what the other guy had in his/her box, b'cos we used to eat from other boxes more than from our lunch box..Now dont say this is a normal scene everywhere. I would agree, it would be a normal scene, if it was college.., not between professionals all having more than 6-8 years experience (some being managers too!!). Not only that, on lunch table we used to share the recipes. I used to learn atleast 2 recipes/week & sometimes share my recipes too. Coming to bhindi besan, I learnt it from Niraj and here is the recipe of this Maharastrian dish.

1/2kg bhindi/bendekayi/okra/ladies finger (cut into small pieces)

1 big onion sliced
1 tablespoon jeera/cumin seeds
1 tablespoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon amchur powder
6-8 tablespoons of gram flour/besan/kadale hittu.
4-5 tablespoons oil
salt according to taste

For garnishing:
coriander leaves

  • In a large kadai add little oil. Add jeera to it.
  • Add onions and saute for a minute
  • Now, add bhindi to it.
  • Sprinkle garam masala, chilli powder, salt, amchur powder, besan on it
  • Now, start mixing the bhindi with the besan (do this from the sides of the kadai, only small quantities at a time) - if you do it altogether, there are chances that the mixture will become sticky
  • Continue this until the entire bhindi is coated with besan.
  • Close the lid and cook it for a minute
  • Now, mix it altogether and garnish with coriander leaves
This dish doesnot require the bhindi to be stiff-fried beforehand. So, the cooking time is much lesser than other bhindi dishes.


  1. nice version of bhindi,u can sendthis for colour event by sunshinemom,..theme for tis month is green,,

  2. @ notyet100

    Thanks a lot. May I get some more information on the colour event?

  3. Sushma, bhindi and besan ..should have tasted yumm. Will try it next time I buy bendekayi. Btw you can google Sunshine Mom's blog for eventdetails. Blog name is Tongue Ticklers..

  4. I absolutely love okra! It saddens me that we do not get it often here. However, i am glad you are bringing it along to the MM!

  5. This looks delicious!!!! A great entry to the mingle, thank you!

  6. Hi Sushma,
    I prepared this dish yesterday for dinner, and it was a big hit.. My husband loved this recepie a lot..

    It tastes too gud..

    Keep posting !!!!

  7. @Chaitra,
    I'm really happy to know that your family liked this. Thanks a lot for your comments.

  8. bhindi looks great sushma, did see it earlier wanted to post comment I was so short of time, so did it today, photo is superb too !!

  9. I did not have amchur so i added chat masala insted. It was yum.



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