Bhindi Ka Salan (Tangy Spicy Okra Curry)

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Bhindi Ka Salan is a Hyderabadi-style tangy and spicy okra curry. Serve it with biryani or Indian bread for a delicious meal. Here is how to make it.

Here are some more okra recipes that you may like: Bhindi Bhaji, Bhindi Do Pyaza, Achari Bhindi, Bhindi Masala, and Dahi Bhindi.

Bhindi ka salan served in a bowl.
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About Bhindi Ka Salan

Bhindi Ka Salan is a delicious Hyderabadi-style okra curry. It is tangy, spicy, and loaded with flavors.

Bhindi Salan tastes just like the popular Mirch Ka Salan, but instead of long green chilies, bhindi is used in this recipe.

This curry tastes best the next day, as the flavors develop with time. So try to make it a day before serving it.

To make this salan healthier, you can pan-fry or air-fry the bhindi instead of deep-frying, but trust me, the taste of deep-fried bhindi is unmatchable.

It is best served with biryani, but you can also relish it with phulka, tawa paratha, or steamed rice topped with ghee.

Ingredients

Bhindi – Use small and firm bhindi. Avoid the ones that are soft to the touch or have black patches.

The freshly ground paste used to make salan uses peanuts (moongphali), white sesame seeds (til), cumin seeds, fresh coconut, dry red chilies, fresh ginger, and garlic.

To make the curry, you will require oil, brown mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds (methi dana), curry leaves, onions, coriander powder, turmeric powders, Kashmiri red chili powder, tamarind pulp, jaggery, and cilantro (fresh coriander leaves).

Use peanut oil or sesame oil for a more authentic taste.

You can also replace tamarind paste with canned tomato puree or pureed fresh tomatoes.

How To Make Bhindi Ka Salan

Preparation

Rinse 1 pound (500 g) bhindi with water and drain well. Wipe each piece of bhindi with a kitchen towel. Chop off ½-inch of the top and bottom. If the bhindi is too big, you can cut it in half.

Prepared okra.

Chop ginger, peel the garlic, and chop the onions.

Gather the remaining ingredients.

Fry The Bhindi

Heat 2 cups oil in a pan over medium-high heat.

Deep fry 500 g bhindi in 2-3 batches in hot oil until lightly browned.

Bhindi frying in hot oil.

Drain on a plate and keep aside.

Fried bhindi.

Make The Salan Paste

Dry roast the following ingredients over medium heat until lightly browned and fragrant (3-4 minutes).

  • 2 tablespoon peanuts
  • 2 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon grated fresh coconut
  • 3-4 whole dry red chilies (stalks removed)
Peanuts, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, coconut and chilies added to a pan.

Remove the pan from heat and let the ingredients cool down for 10 minutes.

Roasted ingredients.

Add the cooled ingredients to a blender along with 2 teaspoon chopped ginger, 3-4 cloves of garlic (peeled), and ½ cup water and blend to make a fine paste.

Scrape the sides of the blender a few times.

Roasted ingredients added to ablender along with ginger, garlic and water.
Smooth salan masala paste made.

Make The Curry

Heat 3 tablespoon oil in a pan over medium-high heat.

Oil heating in a pan.

Once the oil is hot, add 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds, ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds, and 15-20 curry leaves and let them crackle for 3-4 seconds.

Mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves added to hot oil.

Add 1 cup of thinly sliced onions and fry until golden brown (6-8 minutes). Stir frequently.

Thinly sliced onions added to the pan.
Golden fried onions.

Add the following ingredients and saute for 1-2 minutes.

  • salan masala paste
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Salan masala paste and spice powders added to the pan.
Cooked masala.

Add 2 cups of water and bring the curry to a boil.

Water added to the pan.

Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.

Cook the curry for 15-20 minutes on low heat.

Pan covered.

Now remove the lid, add the fried okras to the pan, and stir well. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes.

Fried okras added to the pan.
Mixed well.
Pan covered with the lid.

Stir in 1 and ½ teaspoon tamarind paste and 1 teaspoon crushed jaggery and cook for a minute.

Tamarind paste and jaggery added to the pan.

Check for salt and add more if needed.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve it with biryani, rice, or roti.

Ready bhindi ka salan.

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Bhindi Ka Salan Recipe (Tangy Spicy Okra Curry)

Bhindi Ka Salan is a Hyderabadi style tangy and spicy okra curry. Serve it with biryani or Indian bread for a delicious meal. Here is how to make it.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

To Fry Bhindi

  • 1 pound okra (bhindi) (500 g, rinsed, wiped and ends removed)
  • 2 cup oil (for frying)

To Make The Salan Paste

  • 2 tablespoons peanuts (moongphali)
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds (til)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh coconut
  • 3-4 whole dry red chilies (stalks removed)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped ginger
  • 3-4 cloves garlic (peeled)

To Make The Curry

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • 15-20 curry leaves
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons tamarind paste
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed jaggery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (fresh coriander leaves)
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Instructions 

Fry The Bhindi

  • Heat oil for frying in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Deep fry bhindi in 2-3 batches until lightly browned.
  • Drain on a plate and keep aside.

Make The Salan Paste

  • Dry roast peanuts, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, coconut, and dry red chillies over medium heat until lightly browned and fragrant (3-4 minutes).
  • Remove the pan from heat and let the ingredients cool down for 10 minutes.
  • Add the cooled ingredients to a blender along with ginger, garlic, and ½ cup water and blend to make a fine paste.
  • Scrape the sides of the blender a few times.

Make The Curry

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, and curry leaves and let them crackle for 3-4 seconds.
  • Add onions and fry until they turn golden brown (6-8 minutes). Stir frequently.
  • Add the salan masala paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, and salt, and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of water and bring the curry to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Cook the curry for 15-20 minutes on low heat.
  • Now remove the lid and add the fried okras to the pan and stir well. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Stir in tamarind paste and jaggery and cook for a minute.
  • Check for salt and add more if needed.
  • Bhindi ka salan is ready. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve it with biryani, rice, or roti.

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Notes

Try to use small tender okra to make this dish.
This curry tastes the best the next day as the flavors develop over time. So, if possible, make it a day before, refrigerate overnight, and then serve the next day.
If you want a healthier version, you can pan-fry or air-fry the bindi with a little oil spray.

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Sodium: 27mg, Potassium: 621mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1570IU, Vitamin C: 155.9mg, Calcium: 185mg, Iron: 2.4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Made Hyderabadi Bhindi salan
    returned out excellent.
    not a complicated recipe,
    well explained.
    thank you very much.