Vegetables

Navdhari Bhindi / Shravani Bhendi / Local Okra

Navdhari Bhindi / Shravani Bhendi

Navdhari Bhindi also known as the Shravani Bhendi or Gavathi Bhendi in Marathi is a variety of the lady’s finger/okra. It gets it names Navdhari from the 9 distinct segment that it has on its surface.

Navdhari Bhindi / Shravani Bhendi
Navdhari Bhindi / Shravani Bhendi
Appearance:
  • Compared to the regular ladies finger, Navdhari bhindi is thicker and longer.
  • It has a distinct Whitish green or light green to yellowish green color.
Texture:
  • If you cut it open, unlike the regular bhindi it isn’t sticky.
  • It is more fibrous.
Availability:
  • It is available only during the specific period of Shravan. Mainly during late August to early October.
Purchasing:
  • Easily available in the local markets of Mumbai, and Kokan.
  • It can easily be stored in the fridge for at least a week.
How to use?
  • Wash thoroughly and then pat it dry.
  • Cut into vertical strips of rings as per vegetable demands.
Quick recipe:
  • Heat oil in a dekchi. Add in mustard and let it crackle.
  • Add in green chilies followed by finely chopped onion. Saute till it turns pink to pinkish brown.
  • Add in the bhindi rings. Mix well and let it cook for 7-10 mins.
  • Finally, add in salt and any other flavoring/ garnish that you like and then serve hot.

You can easily replace the regular lady’s finger/okra with the Navdhari Bhindi. Use it in sabzi. gravies, stir fry vegetables etc.

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Author: Aditi Prabhu

Nutritionist

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