Saturday, February 9, 2013

Bhende Phanna Upkari - Chilli Okra

I'd definitely count Lady's Fingers/Bhindi/Okra among the vegetables I can live without.Clearly Okra is not everyone's favorite vegetable,right?It is anyone's guess why-if not properly cooked Okra can get all slimy and mushy and clearly not appealing enough to eat.
Bhende Phanna Upkari - Chilli Okra
The thumb rule while cooking okra is making sure the vegetable is chopped right and cooked in an open flame without adding an ounce of water.At home,my vanni made this dish within 15 minutes from start to finish.It pairs well with rice as well as rotis.If you love okra,you'll love this spicy and tasty phanna upkari.

Phanna upkari is a very spicy dish,typically made with seafood as the main ingredient.But it tastes great as a vegetarian version too.Like this Mushroom version or this Navy beans.

Bhenda Phanna Upkari


Lady's Finger/Okra - 15-17,sliced thinly 
Oil - 1 tbsp
Onion - 1,finely chopped
Tomato - 1,finely chopped
Salt to taste
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp


Wash the okra well and wipe dry.Snip off the ends and slice it into thin rounds.
Bhende Phanna Upkari - Chilli Okra-step1 
In a kadai add oil and saute onions till they turn golden brown.Mix in the tomato and saute till the tomatoes turn soft.
Bhende Phanna Upkari - Chilli Okra-step2 
Add salt to taste and coriander and red chilly powders.
Bhende Phanna Upkari - Chilli Okra-step3 
Mix in the okra and stir well.Keep stirring till the okra becomes soft and cooked well.
Serve hot with rice,dal or roti.
Bhende Phanna Upkari - Chilli Okra
Spicy Chilly Okra is off to one of my dearest blogging pal Bharathy(Spicy Chilly)who is hosting My Spicy Recipe event on her blog.There are some amazing prizes to be won with which you can shop from shopping sites like Flipkart-which happens to be my favorite hop for e-shopping.So go ahead and send in your entries too!


  1. Delicious and mouthwatering chili okra.

  2. I love this. I too make this with a slight variation. Will try your version. Nice pics!

  3. I need to give you 2 hugs for the month :)

    First is the bear hug ( you know why) ;)

    and Now comes the Tiiight hug :D

    A mere Thanks wont suffice :)

    I love LOVE this kind of a combo with okra..with tomatoes, onions and powders :)I make exactly the same prep but steam the okra and then season with all the ingredients you've mentioned :)

    Nice recipe, divya!! :)

  4. quick and yummy dish, love it..


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