May 092016
Bhindi Raita Recipe

Bhindi Raita

Bhindi Raita or fried okra in spiced yogurt is a refreshingly different Indian raita recipe. In dahi bhindi raita, sliced bhindi (okra or lady’s finger) is fried to a crisp brown in hot oil, seasoned and then added to whisked spiced yogurt.

I just love crispy okra as it is and the idea of preparing okra raita is just too good and makes for a delicious okra variation! The aroma and flavour of freshly roasted and powdered cumin really lifts the dish to another level.

Kurkuri bhindi raita is a fantastic combination of crunchy okra and rich and creamy yogurt laced with Indian spices. So if you have some ladies’ fingers sitting in your fridge, just slice them up, crispy fry them and dunk them in whisked yogurt with a dash of spices. A simple okra recipe to go with your meals.

okra raita recipe

Raita is a yogurt based dish and it figures prominently in most Indian menus. Yogurt has a cooling effect and helps tone down spice levels. Crisp bhindi and curd just works so well to create an amazing dip.

Bhindi Raita Yogurt Dip Recipe:

Bhindi Raita or Okra Yogurt Dip is a wonderful blend of crunchy okra, chilled yogurt and aromatic spices. Okra raita pairs well with Parathas or any Indian flavoured rice. For added flavour, roast and powder cumin seeds and add to the yogurt based okra dip – it makes a world of difference!

How to make Punjabi Bhindi Raita:

For this bhindi yogurt recipe, wash the bhindi well. Pat dry with a clean kitchen towel or napkin. Cut off the ends and slice up the okra real thin (you will get about ½ cup).

sliced ladies' fingers for lady's finger raita recipe

Heat oil for shallow frying in a kadai. Fry the okra to a golden brown on medium heat.

shallow fry bhindi for fried okra in spiced yogurt recipe

Remove the crispy fried bhindi onto a plate lined with absorbent paper.

crispy okra for dahi bhindi raita recipe

Sprinkle salt, red chilli powder, cumin powder, chaat masala. Mix gently to get the okra slices evenly coated with spices.

spiced bhindi for Kurkuri bhindi raita recipe

Mix in green chilli and coriander leaves.  Keep aside.

add coriander and green chilli to bhindi for Indian okra recipe

Take fresh curd in a mixing bowl and blend till smooth and creamy – if it is too thick, dilute with 1-2 tbsp of water. Mix in salt, chaat masala and red chilli powder.

whisk yogurt for Crisp bhindi and curd recipe

Add half the fried and seasoned okra to the yogurt. 

okra in yogurt dip recipe

Mix all the ingredients together for the dahi bhindi raita.

ladies' finger raita recipe

Top the raita with the remaining fried okra just before serving for an added crunch.

bhindi ka raita recipe

Serve Crispy Bhindi Raita with Jeera Rice or Parathas.

bhindi okra raita recipe

If you are looking for more Indian raita recipes, do try out Palak Raita and Gajar ka Raita.

Bhindi Okra Raita Recipe details below:

Bhindi Raita
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Fried ladies fingers coated with Indian spices and dipped in whisked yogurt is the ideal accompaniment to rice pilaf or stuffed parathas. Mildly spiced yogurt raita with crunchy okra has a lovely texture and it’s light and delicious to tuck into on a hot summer’s day. Once you try crispy okra raita, you can’t stop loving it for sure!
Course: Dip
Cuisine: Punjabi
Servings: 2
Calories: 274 kcal
Author: Shil
For Okra:
  • Ladies fingers Bhindi – 10
  • Red chilli powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Chaat masala – 1/8 tsp
  • Salt – 1/8 tsp
  • Roasted cumin powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tsp chopped
  • Green chilli – 1 finely chopped
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
For dahi raita:
  • Curd – 1 cup
  • Red chilli powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Chaat masala – 1/8 tsp
  • Salt – 1/8 tsp
  1. To make bhindi ka raita, take some tender okra, wash and pat dry with a napkin. Top and tail the bhindi and slice into very thin round pieces to get a crispy texture when frying.
  2. Heat sufficient oil for shallow frying in a pan. Fry the bhindi in hot oil till it turns crisp (fry the okra in 2 batches). Remove fried okra with a slotted spoon on to a paper napkin lined plate.
  3. Sprinkle red chilli powder, chaat masala, salt, roasted cumin powder. Add chopped green chilli and coriander leaves. Mix well. Set aside
  4. Whisk fresh curd in a mixing bowl till nice and smooth. Add salt, chaat masala and red chilli powder and blend well.
  5. Add half the fried bhindi to the yogurt and mix everything together. Just before serving, top the okra yogurt dip with remaining bhindi to add crunch to the raita.
  6. Serve Okra Raita as a side dish with Indian Flatbread.


Bhindi Raita Punjabi Recipe | Spiced Yogurt Dip With Crispy Okra
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Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger, foodie, health advocate and travel enthusiast.

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