Shahi Bhindi ~ Creamy Ladysfinger Curry

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During our casual chat, my sister commented that I hardly post any “serious” recipes. She was like, “you have too much sweet stuff on your page!” I actually wanted to laugh at that comment. If you really go to see, I have been posting a sweet and a savory, taking turns each time I post. Sometimes they do get a bit mixed up, but I try my level best not to make it too “sweet” all the time. In fact, I also feel that too much sweetness is not good for your health! πŸ˜‰ I believe I have enough recipes that can ensure you cook up a decent meal – whether it is rice, vegetarian or non-vegetarian. InShaAllah, I have some good curry recipes also lined up for you, which will keep appearing when the time comes. To keep myself true to my blog name, I will never stop posting sweet stuff, so you will find them always in some way or the other. πŸ™‚


After the Barley Pudding, let us get to something serious. If you love okra or ladysfinger, then you will love this one. As much I loved the Hyderabadi Dahi Bhindi, this royal and creamy curry also mesmerized me. I ended up eating most of the curry as you would already know from my blog, that I have a carnivorous batch who loathe anything else, so curries as such receive a cold response, how much ever good they may be. :/ My only ray of hope is HD, who thankfully finishes of his share without complaints, and this one received a thumbs-up from him. The paste added to the curry adds all the flavor and is not spicy at all, so it is kid-friendly, if your kids love veggies, that is… πŸ™‚ Off to this delicious recipe…


4.5 from 2 votes

Shahi Bhindi ~ Creamy Ladysfinger Curry

Course Vegeterian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 400 gm pack frozen okra zero or fresh ladysfinger
  • To grind into paste:
  • 10 cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • For masala:
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • A pinch hing
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 green chillies minced
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 large tomato chopped
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish


  • Soak the cashew nuts for around 15 minutes and drain. Grind along with the other ingredients under "for paste" to a smooth paste and set aside.
  • Thaw the ladysfinger (not required for fresh ones) and wash well. Wipe well with a kitchen towel and set aside.
  • Heat one tbsp of oil in a saucepan and saute the ladysfinger for a few minutes, just to get rid of the sliminess. Take off into a plan.
  • Add the remaining oil. Add the hing and cumin and allow to splutter.
  • Add the onion and chillies and saute till soft.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute till the raw smell is gone.
  • Next add all the powders and saute briefly, then add the tomato and cook till totally mashed.
  • Now add the reserved ladysfinger along with the paste and sufficient water to make a gravy.
  • Cook on low flame till the ladysfinger is completely cooked and the gravy is thickened.
  • Sprinkle in the kasuri methi and garam masala and cook for a couple of minutes. Switch off.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or naan.


You can replace the yogurt with cream to make it richer, if you are taking it like a treat! πŸ™‚


From this post on-wards, I will try to give you a recap of what was posted on the blog, on this day in the previous years, InShaAllah… πŸ™‚ It looks like this is the first time I am posting on January 3 on the blog! πŸ˜€ But I did post on a January 2, so we will consider that here, OK? πŸ™‚


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  1. That creamy curry gravy looks so good!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  2. Me too had loads of sweets and desserts last year.feeling guilt now and plan to post some healthy and day to day cooking from now onwards.bhindi masala is something I want to try it for long time.will try this soon and let u know

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Better not talk about sweets… I have decided not to make anything sweet for the coming days till my parents arrive, but God alone knows if I will stick to it… hehe… thanks a lot Ramya…

  3. Curry looks very delicious

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  4. This gravy looks delicious. Lovely flavors. Yum Yum πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ritu… πŸ™‚

  5. 5 stars
    WOW! Looks so creamy, flavorful and delicious!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kushi…

  6. Yummm . I rarely cook bindi mostly cos hubby is not the biggest fan of the veg

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Somehow, my folks seem to like this vegetable, Alhamdulillah… hehe…thanks a lot Nammi…

  7. Yummy okra curry Rafee!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Priya…

  8. Yummy and Creamy Gravy…looks delicious..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shabbu…

  9. 4 stars
    what a creamy bhindi masala ..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Sathya…

  10. ladys finger is a favorite at our place…. this curry sounds amazing to pair with rotis…love it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa…

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