Tangy Fried Okra | Hari Ghotra  

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Tangy Fried Okra

Bhindi with Amchoor

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 15 mins
Tangy Fried Okra

A simply heavenly vegetarian dish cooked with fried onion, fragrant crushed coriander seeds and spicy chilli, then finished with a dusting of zingy mango.

Hari says

There are many different ways of cooking okra or ladyfingers. This is the okra dish that my mum cooked for my dad as a simple, quick flash in the pan dish. It is delicious and makes a great side accompaniment to any Indian meal. My brother has always been a fan of okra and I'm hoping that just quoting his words will make you want to give this dish a go. Simply this is "food of the gods".

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 500g okra
  • 3 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 dried red chilli/1tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp amchoor powder (dried mango powder)


  1. Wash and thoroughly dry the okra (kitchen roll is great for this). 
  2. Remove the tops and slice the okra in half lengthways. Place the coriander seeds and red chilli into the pestle and mortar and pound until you have a coarse powder, then leave to one side.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok or non-stick pan on a medium heat, then stir in the sliced onions and cook until they just begin to brown.
  4. Add the okra and fry for about ten minutes, stirring now and then.
  5. Add the salt, turmeric along with the coriander and chilli mixture. Reduce the heat and leave the okra to cook for five more minutes (do not cover the pan).
  6. Once cooked, remove from the heat, sprinkle with garam masala and dust with the armchoor powder to serve.

Served with

I like to have my okra fairly crisp but if you prefer them slightly more soft continue to cook them for a little longer. These make a great accompaniment to any saucy dish and add a lovey contrast.

If you are like me and have spice cravings then try them on toast with a little yoghurt - you won't be disappointed.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)5.6
of which saturates (g)0.6
Carbohydrates (g)3.5
of which sugars (g)2.7
Fibre (g)3.4
Protein (g)2.6
Salt (mg)0.56
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (6)

  • Mark harvey

    Mark harvey

    03 July 2016 at 10:39 |
    Always used recipes previously which included tomatoes but you don't need them
    Such a simple dish with quite a small number of ingredients.
    Sweet, dry savoury and packed with flavour and no slimy okra.
    Get on it !!!!!


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      04 July 2016 at 07:54 |
      I love this one too - so pleased to hear that you loved it too!! thanks so much for your comments! Hari


  • Hari Ghotra

    Hari Ghotra

    11 August 2015 at 12:23 |
    Hi Rohan You have made my day - this is why I do what I do. Thank you so much for sharing. Please do keep in touch and let me know what you try next. Thank very much Hari


  • Rohan Sanjay

    Rohan Sanjay

    06 August 2015 at 17:51 |
    Hi Hari,
    Rohan here, from India. Noticed your blog a couple of days ago. I'm not a person who cooks, but looking at all of these delicious dishes, explained in a very simple way, made me go in my kitchen and try something out. Thought of starting with tangy fried okra, It turned out really good. My family loved it too. I'm gonna try making other dishes very soon. Thank you so much. :)


  • Hari


    30 November 2014 at 15:15 |
    Glad you gave it a go!


  • Jeff


    29 November 2014 at 16:15 |
    Very nice Okra dish but "food of the gods" Not really!


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