Archive for October 20th, 2008

Bhendekayi-Okra Palya

Okra which has many names like lady’s finger, bendekayi, bhindi, also has many medicinal values as well. To name just a few, it is a good source of Vitamin C, Folic Acid, essential B vitamins as well as magnesium, manganese and potassium. Okra is also high in dietary fibre.

My mom prepared just 3 dishes with Okra, and I loved each one of them; Okra Huli, Gojju and the palya I have here. None of these dishes had onion. So, here comes the easiest of these 3 dishes.


  • 2 lbs Okra
  • 5 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp each channa dal, urad dal.
  • Hing, haldi, mustrad seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder and salt to taste.


  1. Wash, and dry completely okra. Make sure it doesn’t have any water at all. I washed and wiped each one of them with a paper towel.
  2. Finely chop the okra as shown below.
  3. Next, in a pan add the oil. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, hing and haldi.
  4. When the mustard seeds start to pop, add the urad dal and channa dal.
  5. When they change color, add the finely chopped Okra and start frying.
  6. Keep the heat low, and fry for at least 9-10 minutes.
  7. Make sure the Okra is cooked and than add salt.
  8. Mix well and serve with Roti or Rice.

It takes around 15 minutes to prepare this dish, and serves 3 people. Enjoy this quick, easy and healthy dish with Okra.

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