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Stuffed Okra in a Yoghurt Sauce

Masala Bhindi

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Dietary Info VEGETARIAN
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 20 mins
Stuffed Okra in a Yoghurt Sauce

A wonderful dish of dry spices stuffed into whole okra gently cooked with a creamy yoghurt sauce.

Hari says

Okra is just one of the most beautiful vegetables. I love it's shape and its colour. I always go for the small ones as they are more tender. I was always taught to cook okra dry and not to add any liquid as this makes them slimy. North Indian cooking of okra tends to be more about frying, south indian is about embracing the goo and giving the fingers a bit of a sauce.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 500g okra
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 black cardamom, ground
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, ground
  • 1½ tsp cumin seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2½ tsp of mustard oil
  • 1 tbsp amchoor powder (dried mango powder)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, ground
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt


  • 1½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp of rapeseed oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 750ml yoghurt


  1. Wash and thoroughly dry the okra (kitchen roll is great for this).
  2. In a bowl stir the dry spices and mustard oil together to make the filling.
  3. Remove the top of the okra and slit them to open up their tummys, then fill each one with the spice mixture and set aside.
  4. For the sauce mix the chilli powder, turmeric and two tablespoons of water to create a paste.
  5. Heat oil in a pan, add the sliced onion and fry for about four minutes.
  6. Add the stuffed okra and cook for ten minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat and stir in the chilli paste and yoghurt. Season with salt.
  8. Return to a very low heat for five minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  9. Adjust the seasoning if required and serve.

Served with

Serve when you want to impress someone one with your Indian knowledge and skills. Really quick and easy to cook making it a delightful side dish.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)8.1
of which saturates (g)1.5
Carbohydrates (g)3.4
of which sugars (g)2.8
Fibre (g)2.9
Protein (g)3.2
Salt (mg)0.50
*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 (2)

  • Matthew


    19 April 2018 at 05:39 |
    Hello, I don’t see what the mustard oil is used for.


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      19 April 2018 at 06:34 |
      Hi Matthew - Good spot sorry about that. The mustard oil is added to the dry spices to stuff the okra. I have reworded it to make it more clear. Thanks so much! Hari


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