Simple Bhindi Sabzi (5-Ingredient Okra Stir Fry)

bhindi sabzi in a bowl

Bhindi Sabzi is an easy okra stir-fry that requires just a few simple ingredients. It is vegan, keto-friendly and gluten-free. Can be put on the table in 30 minutes!

  • Author: Saima
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Brunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stir-fry
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1 lb or 500 grams okra
  • 1/4 cup mustard or olive oil
  • 1 big onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • salt, to taste


  1. Heat the mustard oil in a pan until it starts to smoke and changes colour. After it cools down a bit, add the sliced onions and  fry them until reddish-brown.
  2. While the onions are frying, wash the okra, pat it dry it and cut it in small, even pieces.
  3. Add the cumin and dry red chillies to the frying onions.
  4. Add the okra and turmeric. Cook, uncovered on medium heat for 10-12 minutes, or until the okra softens. Give it a good stir occasionally.
  5. Add salt just when the okra is done. Serve hot with Indian naan or rice.


  1. Make sure the okra is dry before you cut it.
  2. Don't add any water during the cooking process.
  3. Add salt towards the end when the okra is cooked.
  4. It is preferable to use a non-stick pan for this recipe. 


Keywords: bhindi sabzi, okra stir fry