Bhindi Do Pyaaza – Okra-Onion Stir Fry

One of my favorite culinary delights is savoring a meal of bhindi do pyaza with hot rotis and a spicy pickle on a monsoon day (not that I don’t prepare it during the rest of the seasons:)). A comforting and satisfying meal during the monsoon season along with some deep-fried, crunchy fritters like pakodas or mirchi bhaji at tea time. These rainy day treats are a seasonal indulgence one can’t help but succumb to.

A popular dish in most restaurant menus, Bhindi do pyaaza, as the name suggests is okra cooked along with double measure of onions (do pyaza) generally meaning double the quantity of onions usually used in preparing a dish. Crisp stir fried okra is tossed in a semi-dry onion-tomato masala and seasoned with kasoori methi which gives this dish its unique flavor besides a liberal amount of sauted sliced onions which lends the otherwise bland okra a sweet taste. This is the kind of vegetable subzi I would reach out for a second and sometimes a third helping too.:)

Bhindi Do Pyaaza Recipe

Source: My recipe files

Prep & Cooking: 35 mts

Serves: 3-4

Cuisine: North Indian



1/4 kg fresh tender lady’s finger, chop into 1″ inch pieces

1/4 kg onions, finely sliced

1 large tomato, finely chopped

3/4 tsp cumin seeds

1″ ginger piece, grated

big pinch turmeric pwd

pinch asafoetida/hing(optional)

1 1/2 tsp coriander pwd

1/4 tsp garam masala pwd (optional)

1/2 tsp kasoori methi (dry fenugreek leaves)

salt to taste

1/4 tsp sugar

2 tbsp coriander leaves

1 1/4 tbsp oil

1 Wash and dry the okra thoroughly (dry with a kitchen towel). Trim the ends and cut them into one inch pieces.
2 Heat one fourth tbsp of oil in a cooking vessel. Add the sliced okra pieces and stir fry them till they are three-fourth cooked. Constantly stir fry on medium to ensure they don’t burn or stick to the pan. Add salt and turmeric pwd and remove.
3 In the same pan, add the remaining oil. Add the cumin seeds and toss for 8-10 seconds. Add the asafoetida, grated ginger and immediately add the sliced onions and saute till they are transparent yet crisp.
4 Add the chilli pwd, coriander pwd, garam masala pwd and saute for 2-3 mts. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook further for another 4-5 mts.
5 Now add the stir fried okra and combine well and cook further uncovered for 12-15 mts. Add kasoori methi, sugar and lemon juice. Combine well and adjust salt. Turn off heat.
6 Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with hot rotis or rice.


I prepare another version of this dish where 2-3 tbsps of beaten curd is added towards the end of the cooking process. Keep stir frying on medium heat till the curd is well blended with okra and onions.

Bhindi Do Pyaaza – Okra-Onion Stir Fry

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  okra


44 thoughts on “Bhindi Do Pyaaza – Okra-Onion Stir Fry

  1. Looks delicious Sailu! Been waiting for u’re posts ๐Ÿ™‚ Bendakaaya is one of the favorites in our home! Will try u’re recipe for chapathis soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi Sailu, I finally learn’t how to comment…I was missing you, guess it was a long break since last post. Hey bendakay do pyaza looks awesome. I always tried your recipes and they were a hit..

    this time am trying to fry some boorelu for Varalakshmi Vratham tommo, wish me luck as it was a flop-show last time I tried them with maida batter. Loved your pics and as always very inspiring..

  3. this looks delicious! I’ve never had okra in an Indian recipe. I will have to try it someday.

    Have you got a favourite potato recipe? I’ve been craving for a potato curry, and would love to see your version! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi Sailu,

    The okra and onion stir-fry looks great. i posted mine for Nupurร‚ยดs X veggie Event, but it was a lot simpler than yours. I am happy to find a more ellaborate version, since I just love the taste of okra on its own. Will definitelly try.

  5. Hi Sailu,
    Stumbled on your blog, but happy that i did….wonderful blog and love your recipes….
    bhendi do pyaza, that ones my fav form of bhindi, although i can eat bhindi in any form.

  6. Hi Sailaja, I love Okra and this recipe of yours was easy and quick. I will surely try it out for a meal someday with roti. Yummy. Thnx for the recipe, and the pics are fab ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hello Sailaja,

    Tried ur recipe, this sure has a unique taste as u mentioned. Nice change from usual bhendi recipes and simple too. Thanks.

  8. HI Sailu

    thanx for this lovely recipe…its different from the other okra recipes…its yum,….its delicious……its unique….very appetizing…

    thanx once again

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  10. Hi Sailu garu!
    I tried this bhindi do pyaza from your blog and it came out great.We loved it.thanks for sharing.Btw, my sister also tried your onion chutney recipe for dosas yesterday and she said it was good too and they liked it.

  11. I tried this today and its absolutely delicious!!! Though the Bhindi did not turn out the way it is in your pic, but nevertheless, the taste is awesome!!

  12. Dear Sailaja. I had tried this recipe.. this tasted great!! i was not a big fan of lady’s finger but this recipe was just great thanks a lot. Mine didn’t look like your picture but it sure did taste good ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sailu,

    I’m great fan of your kitchen.. of course, one of the many fans. i visit atleast once a day for checking out the latest recipe.. You know, you are known to each n every member of our family my hubby, in-laws, parents.. they keep asking me whats the latest from Sailu’s.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    This Bhendi Do Pyaza is one of our favourites..

    Vegetable pachadlu are my hubby’s fav from ur kitchen.. keep bringing more n more items on that.

    meeku chaaaaaaalaaaaaa dhanyavaadaalu.. unta..

  14. Sailu,

    Thanks a lot for the recipe. I tried it out. The taste was good but most of the bhindi went broken by the end. Thanks again.

  15. Hi Sailu,
    Tried this recipe of yours a few days back and it turned out well.
    Thanks dear for adding one more recipe to my kitchen menu .

  16. Hi dear,

    I browsing through some website and saw the same pictures that you have on your it your site???….

    Thanks for informing me. Its not my site and they have not taken my permission.

  17. Dear Sailu,

    Thanks for yet another magical recipe:) Any recipe that i try from your site is ever a success. i added kalonji (onion seeds) and methi seeds instead of the cumin. The sugar, kasuri methi and lemon juice adds a fine yet amazing taste to the entire dish. I didn’t get frying the onions right so they got a bit wilted but next time i’ll fry it with little bit more patience. Next waiting to try the mango payasam:)

  18. Glad to find this recipe. I’ve been looking for an okra curry recipe. One of my favorite dishes is bhindi masala but I recently had bhindi do peazo (different spelling) at a restaurant and I wanted to try to make it at home.

  19. Glad to find this recipe. I’ve been looking for an okra curry recipe. One of my favorite dishes is bhindi masala but I recently had bhindi do peazo (different spelling) at a restaurant and I wanted to try to make it at home.

  20. THE BEST BHINDI DISH EVER. It came out so GOOD ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Sailu. You have no idea how much you are making us all happy with your blog. God bless you.

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