Bhindi gosht is a simple Pakistani dish made with beef and okra in a tomato sauce with wonderful spices. This beef curry is also sometimes called a beef and okra stew.
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There is something comforting about this dish to me; the warm flavors of cinnamon, cumin and curry combined with tender beef and creamy okra that I cannot get enough of when eating this dish.
What is Okra?
Bhindi is called okra in English (also called Lady Fingers) and is a vegetable which has a sweet, grassy flavor that has a unique juicy, creamy and slightly slimy texture.
I for one never had this vegetable until my mother in-law introduced me to it and I loved it. My mother in-law is an amazing cook of all desi/Pakistani dishes. So if I attempt making a desi dish that she enjoys eating, then I know that I have made something pretty good and worth sharing!
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Questions about this Pakistani Beef Recipe:
Should I Use Fresh or Frozen Okra for the Bhindi Gosht?
Whenever possible you should always use fresh okra. However okra can be a challenging vegetable to come across in a grocery store depending on the season and where you live. Although I often use frozen okra, I have to say that fresh okra does taste better. If you are using fresh okra, you would wash it and place it on a towel and pat it dry for this recipe.
Can I Use Other Meat Instead of Beef?
You can pair other kinds of meat with this okra curry. I have made this dish with goat and mutton and found it amazingly delicious. I do find okra pairs well with goat or beef best, however you can use chicken instead with good results.
Can You Make This Dish Vegetarian?
You can easily turn this dish into a okra curry recipe on its own and make it a vegetarian meal. If you want to omit the meat, simply add more okra to the recipe and serve it over rice or naan.
Is Okra Keto Friendly?
Okra is great when on the Keto diet as it is low in carbs and high in fiber. 100 grams of okra amounts to about 7 g of carbs.
To keep this keto friendly, I would serve it over cauliflower rice or with low carb naan.
How Do You Store Okra and Beef Curry?
Once cooled completely, store the leftovers in an air tight container. It can last in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer up to 4 months.
- 4 tbsp cooking oil of your choice
- 1 lb beef cubed with some bone
- 3 cups frozen or fresh okra
- 2 yellow onions sliced thinly
- 2 large plum tomatoes diced
- 2 tbsp garlic paste
- 2 tbsp ginger paste
- 3-5 green chili peppers (optional)
- 2 inch cinnamon stick
- 2 tbsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 2 tbsp curry powder
- Salt to taste
- ½ cup fresh roughly chopped cilantro for garnish
- Heat oil in pan and add onions and beef and sauté until onions are golden and translucent - around 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, and curry powder, garam masala and chili peppers if using any.
- Add 3 -4 cups of water and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover and let simmer until meat is tender, around 40-60 minutes depending on the cut of your beef.
- On medium high heat add oil in a frying pan and fry the okra for 5 minutes or until tender. Transfer onto a plate and set aside.
- Once the meat is tender add the okra to the beef curry and give it a good stir to combine.
- Take off heat once meat is tender and garnish with fresh cilantro.