Oh wow. Who would have thought something that looks so unusual could taste so delicious?

Yes. Bhindis. Or Okra. Or Ladies’ Fingers. Hot and spicy. Cook them til they’re squashy. Or leave them with a tiny bit of crunch. It’s up to you. Cook this super-easy recipe as a side or a main and serve with yoghurt and roti. Only 8 ingredients!


200g okra, ends chopped off and cut in half diagonally

4 tbsps oil

4 medium tomatoes, quartered

1-2 medium onions, sliced

1 tsp hot red chilli powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground coriander

3 tsps cumin seeds

Wash and dry the okra. Chop the hard ends off. Cut them diagonally across the middle. Set aside.

Heat your oil in a pan, then add the tomatoes, onions and spices – everything except the okra. Mix well on a medium heat, cover and cook until the spices have combined and the tomatoes and onions have reduced, about 10-15 minutes.

Add the okra, combine well, cover and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes, if you like the okra to retain a bit of bite or longer, if you like it squashy. Either way, it’s delicious!

Serve with cold yoghurt and hot roti.

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