Okra in Smokey BBQ Sauce



  • 700 gm. fresh or frozen Okra (bhindi/ladies finger)
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • cumin seeds
  • 1 fist onions cut into small cubes
  • 1 fist fresh/dry curry leaves/kadi patta
  • 3 tbsp. tomato cut into small pieces
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. bafat powder**
  • 1 tsp. crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp. smokey BBQ sauce
  • 3 tbsp. grapeseed or sunflower oil
  • Salt to taste

Direction for cooking Okra:

  1. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seed and when it has spluttered, add cumin seed and curry leaves;
  2. Now add onions and cook till it softens a little **;
  3. Sauté garlic and add tomatoes**;
  4. When the tomatoes has melted, add turmeric and bafat powder and mix all ingredients well;
  5. Add Okra and cook till it has softened or as desired;
  6. Next add the smokey BBQ sauce and sauté for 2 minutes and remove from stove;
  7. Your dish is now ready for serving.

Enjoy !!!

** Notes:

  • You can substitute bafat powder with any chili powder;
  • Fresh curry leaves are best but if its not easily available then you can use dry curry leaves;
  • The onions should not be cooked too much but enough to be a little soft but still crunchy;
  • If you like onions to be softer then cook till it is soft as per your requirements;
  • If you add a little salt to the tomatoes it will melt faster. Be careful not to add too much salt but just as per your taste.
  • BBQ sauce is added to remove the sliminess of Okra. If you don’t have BBQ sauce then you can use fresh lemon juice but the taste will be different.


  • gm -> grams
  • tsp -> teaspoon
  • tbsp -> tablespoon

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