Bendekayi Kayirasa | Okra / Bhindi Curry

Bendekayi Kayirasa
Yields: 1 Serving Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 5 Mins Cook Time: 15 Mins Total Time: 20 Mins

Bendekayi Kayirasa is one of the traditional and authentic recipe in South Canara. Usually here its calling Ladies finger.  Okra, Bindi are different names for this vegetable. In Kannada we call bendekayi.


Bendekayi Kayirasa is not a sambar recipe. Kayirasa is semi thick gravy. Ladies finger is most suitable vegetable for this recipe. Most of the people don’t like this vegetable. Ladies finger clingy in nature so we need to handle this while doing dish from out of it. Otherwise dish turns very bad and people will hate it.

The okra kayirasa is simple recipe and not in need of many ingredients. The Bendekayi need to cleaned well and cut the edges and do thin round slices. The ladies finger is cooked with red chilly, turmeric powder, salt, Jaggery and tamarind. The coconut, roasted urad dal and red chilly masala are a combination for this gravy. Tampering also give nice texture to this recipe.

For this recipe jaggery used for sweetness, turmeric gives nice flavour to dish. Red chilly is for spicy kick. Ladies finger is sticky in nature so tamarind used to overcome to form stickiness. If tamarind is hard we need to soak in water for five minutes or prepare tamarind juice out of it and add to the Bindi.

Bindi kayirasa is famous gravy in Karnataka and Most known this gravy. Kayi means coconut rasa means gravy together we call it kayirasa. You can call it as bindi coconut gravy. This is different gravy or curry apart from sambar and gojju. This bendekayi kayirasa is filled with sweetness, spicy and sourness. Finally, while doing this gravy don’t comprise with any steps.

Health Benefits of Bendekkai / Okra / Ladie’s Finger:

  • Okra boasts an impressive nutrient profile.
  • Okra packs many antioxidants that benefit your health.
  • Okra contains a thick gel-like substance called mucilage, which can bind to cholesterol during digestion, causing it to be excreted with stools rather than absorbed into your body.
  • Okra contains a type of protein called lectin, which may inhibit the growth of human cancer cells.
  • Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is very important for your overall health. Consistently high blood sugar can lead to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
  • Folate (vitamin B9) is an important nutrient for pregnant women. It helps lower the risk of a neural tube defect, which affects the brain and spine of a developing fetus.
  • Okra may not be a staple in your kitchen; it’s quite easy to cook.

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0/11 Ingredients
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0/11 Instructions
  • Take a bowl, add tamarind and dilute to liquid.
  • Take the ladies finger and cut the edges and make thin slices and transfer to vessel.
  • Add turmeric powder, jaggery, red chilly powder, salt and diluted tamarind and enough water, cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • In a pan add oil, spilt urad dal roast it and add red chilly roast until golden colour.
  • In a mixer jar add grated coconut, roasted urad dal and red chilly and enough water grind it like a paste.
  • Add grinded paste to cooked okra and Mix well.
  • Keep in a flame and if required add salt and boil it.
  • Once gravy starts to boil add curry leaves.
  • In a pan add oil and mustard seeds and prepare tampering.
  • Pour the tampering on the top of curry leaves.
  • Healthy and tasty mangaluru style semi thick gravy from okra is ready. Enjoy with your lunch or breakfast and dinner.

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