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Stir-Fried Okra with Coconut (Bhinda Copra nu shaak)

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I love this particular recipe that combines okra with coconut not only because it tastes great but also because it requires very little prep time and is ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish.

Stir Fried Okra With Coconut recipe by Indiaphile.info

Yesterday was day four of Navratri. We usually only have a small meal at home before we head out to dance since they will have food at the temple.

My feet were already rug burned from all the dancing on carpet and I dis not want to stand more than I needed to. So I made one of my favorite go-to foods, okra. I like to have bags of frozen okra in my freezer exactly for these occasions. Although I would much rather eat fresh okra, pre-chopped and frozen okra is a great alternative when I’m short on time and energy. And I promise the okra is not a slimey mess when it’s done.

Stir Fried Okra With Coconut recipe by Indiaphile.info
Stir Fried Okra With Coconut recipe by Indiaphile.info
Stir Fried Okra With Coconut recipe by Indiaphile.info
Stir Fried Okra With Coconut recipe by Indiaphile.info
Stir Fried Okra With Coconut recipe by Indiaphile.info

Bhinda Copra nu shaak (Stir-fried Okra with Coconut)

Stir fried okra with coconut
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 105 kcal


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 12 oz bag of cut frozen okra or 12 oz of fresh okra, cleaned and cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 heaping tbsp dried desiccated coconut or freshly grated coconut
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp red chili powder or to taste
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • handful of chopped cilantro for garnish optional


  • In a small bowl, mix the dried coconut, 1 tbsp of water, and 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Set aside. This helps to re-hydrate the coconut. Skip the water if you’re using freshly grated coconut.
  • Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet. When the oil begins to shimmer, test it by tossing in one cumin seed at a time until the oil sizzles. Add in the rest of the cumin seeds.
  • Toss in the frozen okra, add salt. Stir.
  • Cook on medium high heat stirring every 5 minutes or so for about 20 to 25 minutes until the okra has shrunk and is nicely browned.
    Stir frying okra
  • When the okra is browned, add the turmeric and chili powder. Stir. Turn off heat.
  • Add in the coconut mixture and cilantro.


Serve warm with flat bread.


Calories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 304mgPotassium: 340mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 740IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bhinda, okra
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