Bhinda ne Bateta Tarela (Okra and Potato Fry)

Okra and Potato Fry

Okra and Potato Fry

You’ll never have leftovers with this meal! It is super tasty coz its super fried! Lol! Whenever I make this, it reminds me of our househelp back in Africa, she would whack my hand when I would try and sneak out a couple fried potatoes.

I don’t boast about the nutritional content here since frying pretty much negates any nutritional value, but for the sake of authenticity I’m making it the traditional way. I also do make this without frying the potatoes or okra. Will post that recipe later.

Recipe: Bhinda ne Bateta Tarela

Also known as: Okra and Potato Fry, Ladyfingers and Potato Fry, Bhinda nu Saag, Bhinda Tarela, Okra Potato Curry

Categories: Main Dishes; Vegetables

Accompaniments: Rotli/Pita and green salad

Servings: 4


  • 25 Okra (lady fingers), large ones (choose ones without black stuff on them)
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 small onion, grated or blended
  • 1 dried red chili or green chili or 1/4 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced (or 1 tsp garlic paste)
  • 1 ripe tomato, blended or grated
  • 2  Tbsp tomato paste (heaped)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • juice of half a large lemon
  • 2-3 Tbsp water
  • 2-3 Tbsp oil
  • oil for deep frying


  • Wash the okra and wipe each dry with a towel. Failure to do so will result in a sticky mess!
  • Cut the okra into thick rounds. Discard the tops.


  • Heat the oil on medium-high and fry the okra till slightly brown (5-7 minutes). Drain on papertowels.
Fry the okra

Fry the okra

  • Fry the potato chunks till golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Fried okra and potatoes

Fried okra and potatoes

  • In a separate pot, heat the 2-3 Tbsp of oil. Add the dried red chili (or green chili).
Grated onion, crushed tomato, minced garlic, red chili, and spices

Grated onion, crushed tomato, minced garlic, red chili, and spices

  • Add the grated onion and fry till almost brown.
  • Add the garlic and stirfry for a couple of seconds.
  • Add the crushed tomato and tomato puree.
  • Add the salt, chili powder (if using), turmeric, coriander and cumin powders.
  • Fry the tomato mixture till it thickens, darkens slightly and the oil comes up.
Fried tomato mix

Fried tomato mix

  • Add the fried potatoes and GENTLY toss to coat with tomato mixture.
  • Add the lemon juice and 3-4 Tbsp of water. Gently incorporate.
  • Add the fried okra and gently mix. Let the okra heat through again and serve.
All done! (the quantity is double of the pic, already removed half)

All done! (the quantity is double of the pic, already removed half)



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