Sauteed Okra Recipe

21 Jun

I have noticed that Fired Okra is the most popular Okra Recipe in the US. This sautéed Okra Recipe is a finger licking great alternative to the fried version. I usually land up snacking on it instead of eating it with my meal.

Today when I tested the recipe I modified the method a little and did some addition and deletion to my usual recipe. I know it sounds too mathematical but I think I prefer the newer version where I added ripe cherry tomatoes from my garden and the acidity from the tomatoes balanced the spices better. I also skipped the turmeric powered that I normally use along with the dry coriander powder. So even though the ingredient picture may have these included you can exclude them and it will still taste awesome.

This Image is without tomatoes in the sautéed Okra Recipe. This recipe will work better for those who have to avoid the Nightshade Vegetables. These are people who have joint pains.


This is what you get by including the Cherry Tomatoes and excluding the turmeric powder and the dry coriander.



2 lbs of okra that is washed and slit.

2 tbsp of xacuti masala

1/2 tsp of cumin

1/2 tsp of turmeric (optional)

1 tbsp of dry coriander powder (optional)

10 ripe Cherry tomatoes quartered

Salt to taste



Wash the okra, slit the okra and let it air dry for about 20 minutes( It apparently reduces the slime).

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add the cumin seeds and the okra and saute on medium heat for approximately  15-20 minutes till the okra is soften. The ends may brown a bit and it’s perfectly fine.

Next add the xacuti masala, salt and saute for another 5 minutes. Finely add the chopped cherry tomatoes and saute till they are softened about 4-5 minutes.

Serve nice and hot.


This Indian Spice inspired sautéed Okra Recipe is also commonly known as Bhindi Masala. On a side note in India, Okra is called Lady Finger in English.


94 Responses to “Sauteed Okra Recipe”

  1. Manny's Gallery June 21, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Mmm!! Delicious 🙂

  2. Chitra Jagadish June 21, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    it looks perfect and colourful with tomatoes and the blend of masala. …

    • Nandini June 21, 2014 at 8:50 am #

      Thanks Chitra. I was looking for ways to make it look brighter 🙂

  3. Aruna Panangipally June 21, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Comfort food at its best. 🙂

  4. Ted Luoma June 21, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    I’m not a fan of okra, but this dish looks awesome. My wife told me that nightshades and joint pain go together, but I can’t give them up. I may be hobbling, but my belly is happy.

    • Nandini June 21, 2014 at 9:37 am #

      Ted you know your wife is right :-). My husband was recommended to avoid them by his Doctor.

      • Ted Luoma June 21, 2014 at 10:11 am #

        I’m gonna have to eventually give in, but I just love cooking with tomatoes and peppers. Maybe if I can find some balance.

  5. Radhika June 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Looks great!

    • Nandini June 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

      Thanks Much Radhika 🙂

  6. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso June 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Looks great, especially the one with the cherry tomatoes.

    • Nandini June 21, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

      Thank You Ronit appreciate it much 🙂

  7. sarahjmir June 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    masala-licious looking okra!

  8. The Weekend Baker June 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Awesome. I’ve never tried okra with xacuti masala. Sounds exciting.

  9. icecreamnut14 June 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! My folks are also from India (though not from Goa), so this looks similar to the kind of okra both my mom and my grandmother make on rare occasions since I’m the only one in my family who eats it (They like to make it spicy 🙂 ) But there’s not one recipe I don’t think they use; they more just feel their way to the taste they want using different amounts of spices and masalas.A published recipe is great to have on hand if I ever get the guts to try it! Thanks for sharing once again!

    • Nandini June 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      You are so welcome :-). I hope you do try the recipe. It’s also great to know you have Indian roots.

  10. Cteavin June 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    omg, omg, omg that looks so delicious!
    I grew up eating okra deep fried.
    This sounds so much better.

    • Nandini June 24, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

      Thanks! I hope you do give it a go 🙂

  11. cheshirekat11 June 25, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    I must admit that I have never tried okra before. It is not that common in german supermarkets…which is a pity. This recipe looks really good and I hope I can try it out sometime – I would love to know what okra tastes like 😉

    • Nandini June 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

      Kat, the veggie closer to Okra that I can think off is asparagus as its little fibrous and has a bit of slime. In-fact it taste very close to it. Fyi its also called as Lady Fingers.

  12. kelroxx June 26, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    I don’t usually eat Indian food but I like lady fingers! This looks yum. Gotta try it some day.

    • Nandini June 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      I hope you do give it a try 🙂

  13. Carol Ann Hoel June 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    I like steamed okra, and I like Indian foods. This sounds like a winner for me. Blessings to you, Nandini…

    • Nandini June 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

      That is awesome Carol, I hope you give it a try :-). Have a great weekend and God Bless.

  14. thetravellush June 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    I absolutely love okra. And I can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

    • Nandini June 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

      That’s great to know 🙂

  15. Ladybird Lab June 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Okra is one of my favourite vegetable’s. Thank you for sharing the lovely recipe with us! :o)

    • Nandini June 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

      That is awesome to know 🙂

  16. Veronica June 29, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    I love Indian food but have never attempted to cook it as all the spices seems complicated but your lovely blog took me totally by surprise! Your recipes look stunning, delicious and simple to follow. Am so going to attempt some of them. Thank you so much for sharing and thanks for the LIKE on my blog. All the best!

    • Nandini June 29, 2014 at 11:19 am #

      Awww… Thanks Veronica for your kind words 🙂 One of my purpose is to show how easy it is to cook Indian and Goan foods. I guess what make it sound tough is that we usually marinate our meats and fish before we cook but the cooking itself is so easy.

  17. Sarah June 30, 2014 at 2:13 am #

    I love to eat okra! It is one of the few crops that I can grow with success in the hot Florida summers. I like that your recipe seems to minimize the sliminess of the okra. Much healthier than fried, too. I saute my okra too, but am not nearly as exciting with the spices. I planted a row of okra about a week ago, hopefully I will have plenty to experiment with soon!

    • Nandini June 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      That is so awesome Sarah that you have your own vegetable garden :-). I am trying on having a green thumb myself. Just got my cilantro shoots 2 weeks ago and am trying to grow turmeric roots as we use the leaf to make a kind of rice dumpling that is stuffed with sweet coconut. Fingers crossed :-). I hope you give the recipe a try and like it. Tc

  18. Aimee July 1, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Beautiful! I’ve never made okra, perhaps I should give it a try 🙂

    • Nandini July 1, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      I hope you do Aimee. It’s a great tasting veggie 🙂

  19. smukkecirsten July 2, 2014 at 12:55 am #

    It looks delicious. I’ve always wondered how to use them; now I know and will try your dish. Thanks!

    • Nandini July 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

      That is so good to know 🙂

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    • Nandini July 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

      Thank you for the award Chitra. That is very kind of you 🙂

  21. sharinglifesabundance July 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    Reblogged this on Sharing Life's Abundance and commented:
    I found this post over at Goan Imports. Since I love growing and eating okra (as long as it is not slimy), I will give it a try.

  22. katiecupcakes4 July 4, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    Oooh interesting post! I never really eat this stuff as I just don’t often see it! Thank you also for visiting my blog x

  23. Jacqueselini July 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Oh my! I must make this, soon! I love okra, and your recipe looks hearty and delicious!

    • Nandini July 5, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

      That is awesome! I hope you do give it a try 🙂

      • Jacqueselini July 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

        Being from New Orleans, I’m always looking for different ways to manipulate Red Beans! 🙂

  24. The Literate Chef July 6, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    Thanks for liking my blog and for this recipe, I love okra, but don’t have it often enough, as I am the only one in my family who eats it. This is a must try.

    • Nandini July 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

      You are so weIcome 🙂 I too love okra. I’m lucky that it is popular in my house.

  25. rockinrobincakes July 6, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    I have been looking for another recipe for okra! My husband loves fried okra, he will love this as well. Thanks for sharing.

  26. joanleotta July 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    sounds delicious! But why do you need to exclude the turmeric when adding cherry tomatoes?

  27. Maryanne July 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    I love okra! One of the Indian restaurants on my block makes a wonderful okra dish. Every time I go I have the same thing over and over.

    • Nandini July 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

      That is so good to know Maryanne 🙂

  28. natasha July 8, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe…looks delicious..this august I am travelling to goa….first thing I am going to buy this Xacuti spice powder…shall once I am back…

    • Nandini July 9, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

      That’s a great choice Natasha as it is very versatile 🙂 Have a great trip.

  29. jonathan1239 July 11, 2014 at 5:02 am #

    I agree, there are lots of ways to eat okra without frying it in the classic southern (US) manner. I love them sautéed with tomatoes and onions or in an apegg fritata.

    • Nandini July 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      That’s true Jonathan, okra is a flavorful veggie on it’s own and tastes great anyway you cook it. My next challenges is trying to grill it and see how it tastes.

  30. Cindy July 13, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    Reblogged this on wellnessoverhaul and commented:
    this sounds very good, will have to try it!

  31. firecook July 16, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Thanks for the like .Keep cooking;) Have a nice morning

    • Nandini July 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

      You are welcome 🙂

      • firecook July 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm #


  32. Moira July 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    This looks delicious! Where can one buy the xacuti masala?

  33. jonathanbeam83 July 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    This reminds me so much of the sautéed Creole Okra from my childhood. I will be making this very soon!

    • Nandini July 21, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

      That is so good to know Jonathan. Do let me know 🙂

  34. Antonio Caggiano July 22, 2014 at 6:12 am #

    Fantastic 🙂 Thanks for sharing

    • Nandini July 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      Thanks Antonio :-). Good to see you back after a while.

      • Antonio Caggiano July 29, 2014 at 4:44 am #

        Hi Dear! Oh Thank you!! Had a lot of other stuff to manage!! Trying to be around again !! Have a Good one, Nandini

  35. Jill July 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    This looks delish…could I make this with the pre cut frozen okra?

    • Nandini July 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      Jill you can definitely give it a try, I haven’t tried it with frozen okra. The only problem that may occur is that it may be a bit sticky with the slime, but surely no impact on the taste 🙂

  36. Shamim July 24, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Wow these Bindi looks amazing! Just how my mum used to make them. My mouth is watering! Yum!

  37. hitandrun1964 July 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Looks fabulous.

  38. Lori Ono August 2, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    This looks great! I’m always looking for ways to cook okra.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out the blueberry-lemon-zucchini loaf recipe.

    • Nandini August 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

      You are so welcome Lori 🙂

  39. Eve MEL Thomson August 10, 2014 at 4:28 am #

    Delicious! My late mother and I love okra. My husband isn’t so keen.

    • Nandini August 10, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      Thanks Eve Mel! Yes, Okra is an acquired taste as its a slimy veggie.

  40. DesignsbyJeanneR August 12, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    This sounds wonderful!

    • Nandini August 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

      Thank you Jeanne 🙂

  41. Guidance Fitness Personal Training August 15, 2014 at 5:10 am #

    Thank you so much for the like. This looks amazing! I enjoy okra too, and it is so versatile mixed in recipes or on it’s own.

    • Nandini August 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

      You are welcome 🙂 It is indeed.

  42. Paige Hamilton August 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

    Yum! I love okra. Here is the deep south of the United States, we eat stewed okra and tomatoes. It’s very similar to your recipe, just a few differences in spices. Makes me definitely want to try the Indian version! 🙂

    • Nandini August 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

      I hope you do give it a try Paige 🙂 The deep south recipe sounds yummy and very similar to an other recipe that we also make with okra, onions, tomatoes, turmeric and spices.

  43. rofathasalat August 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Okra…such a great vegetable! So many people I know are okra haters, but this looks seriously delish.

    • Nandini August 18, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

      Thank You! I appreciate your kind words :-). Love your Hebrew named blog.

  44. dearley22 August 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    i love okra – where do i find xacuti masala? is that available in a regular super market or in places like whole foods? thanks!

  45. Allison Simpson September 18, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    This looks so good!!!

    • Nandini September 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

      Thank you Allison and it does taste good as well 😉


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