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Punjabi Bhindi Masala | Okra sautéed with Onions and Tomatoes (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free)

One of my all time favorite Indian dishes - Punjabi Bhindi Masala, okra sauteed in aromatic Indian spices with onions and tomatoes.
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Author: Nisha @ honeywhatscooking
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 -4 servings


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp nigella seeds, kalonji
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch piece ginger, chopped
  • 2 medium red onions, sliced
  • 3 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 6 small handfuls okra, wash, dry completely, trim ends, slice lengthwise
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp mango powder, amchoor
  • small handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped


  • Here is the amount of okra I used... 6 handfuls (I have small hands).
  • Wash and let it dry.
  • Chop/Mince the green chilies, garlic, and ginger. I just used my Magic Bullet... it's a great gadget in the kitchen!
  • Slice the onions.
  • Heat a wok on medium heat, when hot, add oil. Add the cumin and nigella seeds.
  • Once the seeds begin to sizzle, add the turmeric powder. Sauté for 5 seconds or so.
  • Now add the chopped green chilies, ginger, and garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds or so.
  • Add the sliced onions. Lower heat to dial #3 and allow the onions to caramelize, this will take about 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, trim off the okra ends, slice in half and half again.
  • After 10 minutes, this is how the onions should look.
  • Add the okra to the sauteed onions. Combine. Increase the heat to dial #5 (medium heat). Allow the okra to cook for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, add the red chili powder, coriander powder, and salt. Combine.
  • Cover with a lid. Lower the heat to dial #3. Allow this to cook for 15-20 minutes. Keep checking in between and stir to avoid burning. The steam will cook the okra down.
  • Now slice the tomatoes.
  • This is how the okra should look.
  • Now add the tomatoes and season with salt. Combine.
  • Cover with a lid. Cook for another 15 minutes. Keep checking in between and stir.
  • Now chop some fresh cilantro.
  • Back to the okra, this is what you should have. You may have to smash the tomatoes a bit. Combine.
  • Add mango powder.
  • Add cilantro and turn off the stove. Combine. Serve with roti with raita/yogurt on the side. YUM!
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