Bendekai Palya/Okra Fry With Ground Coconut

Okra or ladies finger stir fry with ground coconut and spices is South Indian style side dish, served with roti, naan or chapathi. Bhindi is one popular vegetable in India, as it can be used in many dishes. I used some spices and coconut ground masala to normal okra stir fry I usually prepare.
Bendekai Palya/Okra Fry with Coconut gravyIngredients:

  • Okra- 250 grams
  • Tomato-1 big sized
  • Onion- 1
  • Coconut- 1/2 cup
  • Green chilly- 2
  • Garlic- 2 cloves
  • Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tbs


  1. Wash and clean okra, wipe the moisture from it by using a dry cloth or tissue. Cut into 1 inch long pieces.
  2. Take a deep pan and add a tbs of oil, mustard seeds. When it starts to splutter add okra pieces and fry well until the vegetable is cooked and keep it aside.
  3. Grind coconut, green chilly, turmeric, onion, cumin seeds and garlic in a blender
  4. In a separate  pan add a tbs of oil, ground masala mix it well until the raw smell goes. Fry chopped tomato in it until it becomes soft and mushy
  5. Now add fried okra pieces into this pan and mix well by adding salt to taste
  6. Let it cook in low flame for 3-4 minutes
  7. Serve it hot with roti or rice

Bendekai Palya/ Okra Stir Fry

Okra is something which gets along with any kind of recipe I mean you can prepare curry, gojju, sambar, yogurt curry, fry and many more. Thats why I like Okra a lot, with Okra we can be creative and mix and match the vegetables like potato and tomato. Todays recipe is simple stir fry. It takes hardly 15- 20 minutes for cooking.

Okra stir fry


Okra- 1/4 KG

Green Chilly- 3-4

Oil- for stir frying

Tamarind- small lemon sized

Mustard- 1/2 teaspoon

Urd Dal- 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric- a pinch

Red chilly powder- only if you want it to be spicy


Take a deep pan and add a spoon of oil (I used olive oil for this recipe) add mustard, Urd dal and let it splutter. Add chopped Okra and green chillies and add bit more oil for stir frying. Now add pinch of turmeric, tamarind and salt and keep frying. You can also add onions and tomatoes for flavor, but I prefer this way. Add red chilly powder if you want it to be extra spicy. When the Okra are soft and cooked (in about 15 minutes) Okra stir fry is ready. Serve it with rice and sambar or chapathi as side dish.