BM #108 Week 2 Day 2 - 

As part of the A-Z Andhra dishes I opted to post this week, here is a simple yet flavorful version of bhendi fry with an underlying flavor mustard powder and a tangy flavor from the tamarind extract.

This version of bhendi fry was shared by Jaya (my sister). Apparently her MIL makes this version of  bhendi fry. The amount of mustard powder can be increased as per preference and so also the amount of tamarind.
[Bendakaya = Bhendi; Avapettina = Added in Mustard Powder; Koora = Sabji.]

The picture shows a simple platter on the occasion of a weekend get-together. Bendakaya Avapettina Koora, Tomato Pappu, Rice, Paneer Tikka Masala, Fried Rice, Naan Bites and Yogurt to the side.

Recipe Source Jaya
Ingredients - 

Okra / Bhendi / Bendakaya chopped 2-3 cups
Salt, Turmeric as needed
Tamarind extract 1-2 tsp (or as needed)
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Urad Dal 1/2 tsp, Cumin seeds a pinch, Red Chili 1, Curry Leaves few)
To Grind - 
Mustard Seeds  1 tsp 
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp 
Dry Red Chili 1

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and dry the bhendi and chop into 1/2 inch size bits.

Grind the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and dry red chili and set aside the powder.

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning. After the mustard seeds pop and the dals brown, sprinkle turmeric and add the chopped bhendi.

Saute the bhendi until they are cooked and turnly light brown.

Sprinkle the ground powder, salt and the tamarind extract. 

Mix well and remove from heat.

Serve it as part of a meal.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#108

Preparation Time 25 minutes
Serves 3-4
Posted by Harini R on Saturday, January 11, 2020


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. This must have been a simple yet flovoursome bhendi fry Harini, very nice and love your simple thali..

  3. Bhindi is one of my favourite veggies , and this version sounds super delicious . The addition of that spice powder and tamarind extract is making me drool 🤤

  4. I love bhendi in any and every form and I love this simple recipe. It is perfect dish for the thali and it is so comforting!

  5. Harini, I love bhindi in each and every form and this simple stir fry is my favorite. So easy to make and it works perfect in that spread that you have.

  6. Bendakaya fry looks yummy Harini, never heard of adding these spices to bendakaya. Loving your Andhra traditional dishes.

  7. sushma Says:
  8. I love bendhi, specially when it is made dry like this. Looks delicious, perfect to go with some sambar or rasam rice.

  9. Suma Gandlur Says:
  10. The whole platter looks yum including okra fry. Maaku enni bendakayalu vunna regular vepuduke saripovu, ilanti variationku aaskarame ledu.

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