How to make Khatti Bhindi -

Sweet and sour lady's fingers cooked the South Indian way.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Tamarind Paste (इमली की पेस्ट ), Ladyfingers

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Khatti Bhindi

Khatti Bhindi Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Khatti Bhindi Recipe

  • Tamarind Paste 2 tablespoons

  • Ladyfingers cut into ¼ inch pieces 250 grams

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) 1/4 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Onions finely chopped small

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Gram flour (besan) 1 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Tomato finely chopped 1 medium

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Jaggery (gur) grated 1 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat oil in a non stick pan. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves and sauté for 1 minute.Add onions and sauté for ½ minute.

Step 2

Add lady’s fingers, turmeric powder and green chillies. Mix well, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 3

Add gram flour, salt and tomato and mix well.Add red chilli powder, coriander powder and mix again. Add ¼ cup water, stir to mix.

Step 4

Cover and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.Add tamarind pulp and jaggery. Mix well, cover and cook on medium heat for 7-10 minutes. Serve hot.

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