Bendekai raita or bhindi raita

Raita is an accompaniment for rice, pulao or biryani.  Bhindi raita is made with ladyfinger, yogurt and seasoned with spices and is generally served chilled.


  • Ladyfinger/bhindi/okra - 1 cup (sliced into thin rounds)
  • Whisked yogurt - 2 cups
  • Red chilli powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cooking oil - 5 teaspoons


Step 1

Heat 4 teaspoons of oil in a pan. Add the okra and fry till it turns golden brown.

Step 2

Remove the fried okra in a serving bowl. Let it cool down. Add yogurt and mix together.

Step 3

Add salt, cumin powder and red chilli powder and mix well.

Step 4

Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of oil in the same pan. Add mustard seeds and saute them till it starts spluttering.

Step 5

Add to the raita and serve chilled.

Step 6

Note : Bhindi raita can be served with variety of rice dishes.

One Response to Bendekai raita or bhindi raita

  1. Monu Teena says:

    Wow that’s really interesting ! bhindi raita.. i will try this for sure.. my husband dot like bhindi too much.. I will give him in the form of raita hahaha.. you know house wife tactics lol

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