Okra in Yogurt

30 Oct

Bendakaya Perugu Pachadi.

Okra in yogurt is one of the must have okra dishes prepared with lady’s finger and plain yogurt. To prepare, oil is tempered with few spices. Okra / bhendi is chopped into circles and fried in tempered oil till brown around the edges. Chopped onion or tomato are occasionally added to the tempering. Once the fried okra is cooled to room temperature, it is mixed with whisked plain yogurt.


Okra / Lady’s Finger 20 app.
Onion 1 Medium
Green Chiles 2
Turmeric Powder a big pinch
Plain Yogurt 8 – 10 Tbsps
Salt to taste


Fenugreek Seeds 3 (optional)
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 10
Broken Red Chiles 4
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Wash thoroughly and pat dry okra.
Remove ends and chop okra into app. half inch circles.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Peel, remove ends and finely chop onion.
Clean, wash and finely chop cilantro leaves.
Whisk yogurt in a bowl with a small pinch of salt and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add chopped okra.
Fry on medium – high flame till okra softens a bit and about to change color.
Stir in chopped onion, green chiles and turmeric powder.
Fry on medium flame till onion turns light golden color and season with salt.
Remove from heat and stir in chopped cilantro.

Cool the fried okra mixture to room temperature and mix with plain yogurt.
Serve okra in yogurt with plain steamed rice or roti.
Notes: Make sure okra is fried well. Neither too crisp nor too soft.

Suggestions: Vary the consistency of the dish with adding more or less yogurt.
Variations: Chopped tomato can be added once the onion is fried. Few pinches of roasted cumin powder and red chili powder can be added to the whisked yogurt if you wish.
Other Names:Bendakaya Perugu Pachadi, Okra in Yogurt, Dahi Bhindi, Dahi Bhendi, Vendekkai Pachadi.

5 Responses to “Okra in Yogurt”

  1. lubna October 31, 2009 at 5:09 am #

    hmmmmm, yummy. bhindi in yogurt.

    Raji i am very confused, is the chawli and moth beans are he same???

  2. Raji November 4, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    chawli is black eyed beans

    moth beans are turkish gram

  3. NASEER AHMED November 10, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    yahhhhhhhhhh superb smooty BHINDI in Dhaiiiiii simply Best —
    Is matki = TURKISH BEANS
    WHAT IS THE ARABIC NAME OF Matki is matki availabe in Gulf countries

  4. Raji January 25, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    yes if wiki links didnt help u
    then no idea

  5. g.balachander November 4, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    the dish is very good.

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