Okra Stir Fry

Okra stir fry is a dry Indian okra curry, cooked with simple indian spices. It is a great side dish for rice and roti.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Bendakaya Kura, Bhendi Curry, Bhendi Fry, Bhendi Subzi, Bhindi, Indian Curry, Okra Stir Fry Indian Style, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 185 kcal
Author Usha Rao


  • 1 ½ lbs Okra ~ Bhendi ~ Bendakaya ~ Ladies Finger
  • 3 - 4 tbsp Oil
  • 1 small Onion chopped
  • 4-8 Curry Leaves
  • 1 - 2 tbsp crushed Garlic
  • 4 Green Chilies cut vertically into two pieces as you prefer
  • ½ - ¾ tsp Chili Powder adjust to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp Salt adjust to taste
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp Garlic & ½ tsp. Cumin crushed (I did not use)
  • Cilantro to garnish


  1. Wash okra and leave it in a colander for 10 – 15 minutes or for few hours to dry.

  2. If time is  a constraint, pat dry with paper towels.

  3. Trim the edges and cut okra into ½” circles. 

  4. Heat oil in a nonstick pan and sauté onions till translucent.

  5. Add  curry leaves, green chilies and sauté until  curry leaves change color.

  6. Add crushed garlic and sauté for another minute.

  7. Next add spices; turmeric powder, chili powder, salt and mix well.
  8. Add okra and stir until spices coat okra.
  9. Cook on high heat for 3-5 minutes until okra is lightly roasted in oil.

  10. Reduce the heat to medium to  medium high, and  cook stirring intermittently.

  11. When  okra is no longer sticky, reduce the flame to low and cook until okra is fully cooked.  

  12. Garnish with cilantro and serve it with steaming rice or roti.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Okra Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 185
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.