Achari Bhindi

Achari Bhindi Recipe (Okra Curry): A fusion of indian delight

This Achari Bhindi has okra cooked with tomato, yogurt, and picked spices like mustard, and fennel. The dish is tangy and spicy and if you are looking for a different way to cook okra, then you need to give this a try!

Achari masala (pickling spices) is a tangy spice mix that is used to make Indian pickles and it gives them a very unique taste.

A delicious combination of Bhindi with Achari flavors cooked in yogurt curry makes a wonderful side for your phulkas. You can also pack it in your Lunch Box. Along with pickle masala, masala from the already-made mango pickle is also added which gives it that extra flavor.

Achari Bhindi Recipe
Achari Bhindi Recipe

Ingredients for Achari Bhindi

  •  3 tablespoons mustard oil (or any other oil)
  • 500 grams Bhindi (Lady Finger/Okra)
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • ½ cup tomato puree
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ cup plain yogurt (dahi)
  • 1 tablespoon Gram flour (besan)

Achari masala

  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Ajwain (Carom seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai)
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf)
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon nigella seeds

Instructions for Achari bhindi

  1. To begin making the Dahi Achari Bhindi Recipe, first, make the achari masala.
  2. In a frying pan, add fenugreek seeds, carom seeds, fennel seeds, nigella seeds, cumin seeds, and dry roast until fragrant.
  3. Turn off the heat. Transfer spices to the jar of mixer and grind into a coarse powder.
  4. Keep it aside
  5. Wash the okra well with water and wipe each of them using a kitchen cloth. Cut the top and tip. Set aside.
  6. Heat oil in a wok and Once the oil is hot, add the chopped bhindi to the pan.
  7. fry on high heat until slightly browned (8-10 minutes), stirring frequently.
  8. Take the Bhindi out and keep it separate.
  9. Add the remaining mustard oil to the same pan and add onions to the pan.
  10. Cook the onions for 2 to 3 minutes until very lightly browned. Then add ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  11. Add tomatoes puree along with 2 to 3 tablespoons water and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  12. Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, and the achari masala. Saute until the tomatoes soften.
  13. Now whisk the yogurt with besan and cook for 30-40 seconds. Adding some besan to the yogurt makes sure it doesn’t curdle while cooking. It also makes the gravy creamier.
  14. Add to the pan and cook until the curd is mixed well and it thickens.
  15. Add sautéed ladies’ finger and salt as per your taste and slow cook the bhindi on low flame with lid closed.
  16. Check for salt and add more if required.
  17. Garnish with cilantro and remove the pan from heat.

Serving Suggestions

Serve achari bhindi with roti or with rice and dal.

You paratha and spinach puri!

Serve the Dahi Achari Bhindi Recipe along with Phulka or Methi Lacha Paratha and Boondi Raita by the side for a weekday meal.

Tips and Variations

  • For additional “achari” flavor, you can add a teaspoon of achar masala from your favorite mango or lime achar. It will add more to flavors.
  • Always wash the okra and wipe them well before chopping.
  • Mustard oil adds to flavor but if don’t have it, you can just use other oils like vegetable. canola etc.
  • I didn’t add amchur here since the dish had enough tang from the yogurt and tomato puree.


How to make homemade coriander powder?

add a handful of whole coriander seeds to a grinder and pulse a few times until they are crushed and a coarse powder is made. You can also crush them using a mortar and pestle.

What are the key ingredients for Achari Bhindi?

The primary ingredients include fresh okra (bhindi), achari masala (pickling spice mix), mustard oil, and spices like mustard seeds, fennel seeds, and nigella seeds (kalonji).

How do I prepare the achari masala for Achari Bhindi?

Achari masala is a mix of various spices like fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, and nigella seeds. You can prepare it at home by dry roasting these spices and then grinding them into a fine powder.

Is Achari Bhindi spicy?

Achari Bhindi is typically moderately spicy, but you can adjust the heat level by adding more or fewer green chilies and red chili powder to suit your taste.

Can I use frozen okra for Achari Bhindi?

While fresh okra is preferred for this dish, you can use frozen okra as a substitute if fresh is not available. Be sure to thaw and pat it dry before using.

Why is mustard oil commonly used in Achari Bhindi?

Mustard oil adds a distinct flavor to Achari Bhindi and is commonly used in pickling recipes. It enhances the overall taste of the dish.


Calories 539kcal
Fat 39g
Carbohydrates 40g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium 208mg


Achari Bhindi


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