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Okra Okra

Quick Okra
(Jhatpat Bhindi)

Okra Okra

Okra (also called Bhindi or Ladyfinger in India) microwaved with spices to give a quick and tasty dish..

Microwave Cooking - Indian Vegetarian Recipes

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Serves: 4 
Cooking time (approx.):  minutes
Style: North Indian Vegetarian

2  tablespoon(s) oil
300  grams (about 12  oz.) okra (ladyfinger) cut into small (1/4") pieces
1  medium onion(s) sliced finely
1  teaspoon(s) each of red chilli, coriander and cumin powders
½  teaspoon(s) each of turmeric powder and hot spice mix (garam masala) powder
2  green chilli(es) slit
a squeeze of lemon and salt to taste

  1. Heat oil on high (100%) power in a shallow microwave-safe bowl for about 1  minute(s) or till it is hot enough.
  2. Add all other ingredients except salt and lemon juice. Mix well and microwave on high (100%) power uncovered for about 6  minutes stirring mid-way.
  3. Sprinkle the lemon juice and salt to taste. Mix lightly and microwave on high (100%) power uncovered for about 5  minutes (stirring mid-way) or till the okra is cooked but firm.


  • Salt should be added at a later stage of cooking (step 3) to make the okra crisp.
  • When the microwave cooking time for a step exceeds 2 minutes, it is highly recommended the contents be checked and stirred at regular intervals to avoid burning of food.
  • Standing time is a very important step as it completes the microwave cooking process of a dish. Ideally, allow the dish to stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

Serve hot with: Green Peas Rice (Matar Pulav), white rice or Indian bread (Roti).

Note: The above recipe is designed for a microwave oven of 800 Watts. Higher wattage microwave ovens will require shorter cooking times. Kindly refer to the manual accompanying your microwave oven for its wattage. IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED THAT ALL THE CARE AND PRECAUTIONS SPECIFIED IN THE OVEN MANUAL BE TAKEN DURING THE MICROWAVE COOKING PROCESS.

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