Bhindi Sabzi | Easy Lady’s Finger Curry {With Okra Zero}

A super easy Bhindi Sabzi, using frozen okra zero, making it a hassle-free dinner or lunch side…




When I have no clue what to write, I think the easiest is the weather. πŸ˜‰ Yesterday, we had a beautiful morning. Lots of fluffy, dark clouds, making the sun play peekaboo, and nice chill breeze… I just wasn’t feeling like coming to work after that drive. There was a little drizzle which was only for dirtying the car and nothing else. Hehe… In the evening too, the sky was pretty dramatic. Sometimes I do feel that winter is coming in a tad lazier this time. It is taking its own time. Even though the temperatures are down, most of the time, the sky is extremely clear and afternoons are warm. Usually, as we approach the National Day holidays, it does get cooler. Just hoping for the best… πŸ™‚


At times, I do buy and keep packs of frozen okra zero in the fridge. First of all, there is no hassle of the slimy chopping. They are amazingly tender and cooks super fast making it one of the best options for a lazy meal. If you think they are only for Middle Eastern curries like the Khoresht Bamieh, then I can prove you wrong. I have used them to make some dopiazza and even Shahi Bhindi and they were amazing in them. Here is another super simple sabzi that you can make with it. It is a very basic curry, using just one onion and tomato each, some basic spices and it is done. I love to prepare my vegetarian curries in ghee, because it adds a very interesting flavor quotient to it. You can either have it with some chapathis or some dal chawal as side. Either way, it is simply yum… Off to the recipe…




5 from 9 votes

Bhindi Sabzi | Easy Okra Curry

Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 -4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 tbsp ghee/ oil I prefer ghee
  • 400 gm pack frozen okra thawed and drained
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp Kasuri methi crushed (optional)
  • Coriander leaves for garnish


  • Heat ghee or oil in a saucepan. Splutter the cumin.
  • Add the onion and saute till nicely browned - do not burn.
  • Add the tomato, spice powders and salt and cook till the masala is well done. Sprinkle water in between if required.
  • Add the thawed frozen okra and give a good mix. Cook on low flame for around 5 minutes or till done.
  • Add in the tamarind paste and toss well. Adjust seasoning, add kasuri methi if using and swtich off. Sprinkle in the coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with chapathis.


If using fresh okra, fry them first till crisp before adding into the masala. Okra zero doesn't take time to cook.
I have used the bottled tamarind sauce used for chats. You can soak a small peice of tamarind in 1/4 cup hot water, squeeze out the pulp and add into the curry.
Add a pinch of sugar if the curry gets tangy.


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  1. 5 stars
    Never tried cooking with frozen okra. I personally love the taste of ghee temperring in okra stir fry and with the addition of kasuri methi, I am sure it tastes great.

  2. 5 stars
    Bhindi or Okra is our favorite veggie and I try and make it in different ways. Simple preparation like yours with onion and tomato is so enjoyable with roti. I’ve never used frozen okra. Thought that they would be too slimy but guess they are not.

  3. 5 stars
    Bhindi is my all time favourite but never cooked it in desi ghee. I am sure ghee must have enhanced the flavour and taste of okra. Will surely try by replacing oil. And yes, it looks so delicious.

  4. 5 stars
    The delicious looking okra bowl says it all to pick me up and finish it fast lolz…..
    Tempering of ghee, kasuri methi and addition of Tamarind is unusual to me. Will try your way sometimes.

  5. Sandhya Ramakrishnan says:

    5 stars
    That is a wonderful post to help people learn to cook frozen okra. We grow a tons of okra and freeze a lot of it. I usually don’t thaw it but add directly to the pan and that works too. Definitely much convenient.

  6. 5 stars
    Bhindi is one of my favorite vegetables. This bhindi sabzi sounds delicious! Love the addition of tamarind paste in this.

  7. 5 stars
    Bhindi is my most favourite vegetable. I make it in different ways but never added ghee to make! This simple preparation looks so easy to follow & delicious πŸ˜‹

  8. 5 stars
    I have never cooked with frozen okra rafee! Always have a doubt how they might be! Look this subzi, i might as well buy them next time! Love such quick and simple subzi’s! +1 for cooking in ghee!

  9. 5 stars
    How cute is this? The smaller sized bhindis looks so perfect in this recipe.

  10. Hahahha..we BRITS always talk about the weather, a good topic to start conversation too πŸ™‚ This okra sabji looks delicious although cooked from frozen.

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