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.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lalitha Rao on October 20, 2008 at 9:13 am

    You can add a little bit of “Menasina pudi” also and it goes very well with chapathis. Lalitha


  2. Posted by meeraghu on October 20, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Good idea, Aunty. Never thought of that. Is it instead of Chlli Powder or along with chilli powder?


  3. Posted by VEENA ARAKERI on October 22, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    i am a kannadiga vaishnav bramin in korea. This is my first diwali out of inida. please tell me what to cook during these 4 days of diwali-i dont have any idea what to prepare.


  4. Posted by Neha Karnam on March 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I get frozen okra.. I find it really sticky.. so I found a way out to avoid the long frying in the pan.. I sprinkle lemon juice to the okra and microwave it for 5- 6 min.. It makes cooking faster.. Also I add chopped onions and some palya powder ( or dhania powder and chilli powder) .. It tastes yummy.. My mom used to add chopped tomatoes too.. to give a different taste.. oh not to forget coconut and coriander..


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