Bhindi salan is an authentic South Indian curry recipe. This is a flavorful okra curry with a perfect combination of spices and flavors. It tastes nutty, tangy, spicy. Bhindi Salan is vegan, gluten-free, and healthy okra curry.
Bhindi ka salan or bhindi salan is an authentic Hyderabadi dish. This is very popular in Hyderabad. But even if you don't belong to Hyderabad, then also you would love these salan dishes.
This curry has a tangy flavor of tamarind along with a nutty flavor of peanuts and sesame seeds. I love this tangy nutty spicy curry as my side dish. You can make this as main course also with chapati or paratha. This goes best with steamed rice.
This recipe is similar to my Hyderabadi bagara baingan. Bagara baingan is my family favorite now. Bhindi salan is made in a similar way and almost the same ingredients except a few. Another salan recipe that is quite popular is Mirch salan. Mirch salan is made with long chilies. Though it's hero ingredient is long green chilli, it's not that spicy.
Bhindi ka salan can be prepared in some other variations also. But I like that nutty flavor in curry. This is a must-try recipe in case you have not tried yet.
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What is salan?
Salan is a gravy made with sesame seeds, peanuts, coconut, tamarind as a base of the curry. In Hyderabad, salan is a side dish for biryanis just like raitas.
How to choose okra for this okra salan curry?
For this salan curry, I have used small-sized (finger-sized) and tender okra or bhindi. Then whole bhindi is used just after removing the head and tail part. You don't need to chop it more unless you have long ones.
How to make bhindi salan from scratch?
Dry roast peanuts, coconut, sesame seeds.
Cool for sometime. Blend it to smooth paste.
Wash and clean bhindi. Remove head and tail part. Pat dry or air dry for some time.
Now shallow fry bhindi/ okra in a pan.
Remove from oil once done.
In same pan add 3 tbsp oil. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and let it splutter.
Add curry leaves, green chillies, ginger garlic paste, onions. Saute till translucent.
Then add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and stir well.
Now add paste of peanuts, sesame seeds, dessicated coconut.
Mix it well. Add some water and bring it to a boil.
Add tamarind paste and simmer till paste is cooked and releases oil.
Now add fried okra or bhindi. Let it simmer for 3- 5 minutes on low flame.
Turn off heat and add chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice or chapati.
Recipe Card for Bhindi Salan (Okra Salan Curry)
Bhindi ka Salan
- 250 gms bhindi or okra
- 3 tbsp peanuts
- 3 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tsp dessicated coconut
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 10 - 12 curry leaves
- 2 green chilli cut into slits
- 1 onion cut into slice
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tbsp tamarind pulp
- 1 pinch methi seeds/ fenugreek seeds
- 1 pinch hing/ asafoetida
- 6 - 8 tbsp oil or as required
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste (or freshly minced ginger & garlic pods)
Frying Bhindi/ Okra
- Wash and pat dry bhindi.
- Remove head and tail of bhindi.
- Shallow fry them till cooked.
- Remove from oil and keep aside for further use.
Curry Paste for Salan
- Dry roast peanuts, dessicated coconut, sesame seeds one by one.
- In a blender blend roasted items into smooth paste.
Preparing Gravy of Salan
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Put cumin seeds, mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.
- Let them crackle completely.
- Now add curry leaves, green chillies, ginger garlic paste, onion slices and saute till translucent.
- Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and saute.
- Then add paste of peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds.
- Add little water and give it a nice stir.
- Now add tamarind pulp and salt.
- Add water as required and bring it to a boil.
- Once it's cooked well and leaves oil on sides, add fried bhindi or okra.
- Simmer for 2 minutes.
- Add chopped coriander leaves.
Here I would request you to read other similar posts like mushroom matar masala, paneer tikka masala, gatte ki sabzi, palak paneer. Also read matar paneer curry, dum aloo, bagara baingan, lauki kofta curry, malai kofta curry, shaam savera curry.
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