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DAHI BHENDI Vegetarian-Dish

Okras are crisped and then added to seasoned yogurt; the crisped okra then absorbs the yogurt and plumps up giving it a unique flavorful taste.


Big lady's finger/okra/bhendi
: 10-12
: 1 cup
Milk/water to thin out the yogurt
Mustard seeds
: Depending on taste
Curry leaves
Green Chillies, slit
: Depending on taste
Chopped coriander leaves
: To taste
: To taste

Dahi Bhendi


  • Wash and wipe the okras clean. Cut then into small discs about an inch long.
  • Next we need to crisp the lady's finger. This can be done in a traditional way in a wok/Kadhai or using the microwave.
  • Microwave: Take a microwave safe plate (I recommend a glass plate) and place the cut okras, pour in about 1-2 tsp of oil and some salt and mix well. Microwave for about 2-3 minutes (depending on the power) until it becomes crisp and crunchy.
  • Kadhai/wok: Take a heavy bottom pan, add some oil and put in the cut okras. Continue stir in intervals until it becomes crisp and crunchy. Resist the urge to snack on the okras at this time J
  • Meanwhile in a big bowl add the yogurt and if thick then thin it out with milk (if yogurt is sour) or water. Please make sure that the yogurt is not thick else this will not taste good.
  • Add salt, green chillies, coriander leaves and mix well.
  • Add the crisp okra to this yogurt and mix well.
  • Prepare a tadka/seasoning of oil mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, red chillies (optional) and add it to the yogurt mixture.