Chicken & Okra Curry
Chicken & Okra Curry
5 from 12 votes
Join me on a culinary adventure to the East with a spicy, succulent, and delectable chicken and okra curry. Unearth the aromatic symphony of flavours, bridging cultures, and satisfying those hungry stomachs.
Chicken Okra Curry

In the realm of aromatic delights, my latest concoction brings together the richness of poultry with the earthy essence of okra.

Allow me to introduce you to a culinary adventure: Chicken and Okra Curry. This dish, originating from the vibrant tapestry of South Asian cuisine, is a testament to the harmonious fusion of flavors that define the region’s culinary heritage.

Crafting this dish isn’t just about creating a meal; it’s about embarking on a journey through the bustling markets of India or the cozy kitchens of Pakistan.

While the recipe may seem daunting at first glance, fear not, for I’ll guide you through each step with clarity and ease. Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or a seasoned home cook, this recipe promises to elevate your culinary prowess.

Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with tender chicken, velvety okra, and a symphony of spices dancing in harmony.

From the sizzle of garlic in hot oil to the vibrant hues of turmeric and chili powder, each ingredient plays a crucial role in creating a dish that’s as comforting as it is flavorful.

Expert Tip: Ensure the oil is hot before adding the garlic to sauté. This helps to release the aromatic flavors of the garlic and prevents it from burning.


Chicken: Chicken adds protein and depth of flavor to the curry. Its tender texture and ability to absorb the spices make it the perfect canvas for our culinary creation.

Okra Bhindi: Also known as lady’s fingers, okra brings a unique texture and mild flavor to the curry. Its slimy nature helps to thicken the sauce, while its subtle taste adds a hint of freshness to each bite.

Oil: Acting as the medium for cooking, oil helps to sauté the garlic, onions, and tomatoes, infusing them with flavor and ensuring they don’t stick to the pan.

Garlic: Chopped garlic lends its pungent aroma and sharp taste to the curry, enhancing its savory profile.

Onions: Sautéed onions provide a sweet and caramelized base for the curry, adding depth and richness to the dish.

Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes bring acidity and brightness to the curry, balancing out the richness of the other ingredients.

Salt: Essential for seasoning, salt enhances the natural flavors of the ingredients, bringing out their best qualities.

Chilli Powder: Adding heat and spice, chili powder gives the curry its characteristic kick, ensuring each bite is full of flavor.

Turmeric Powder (Haldi): Known for its vibrant yellow color, turmeric powder adds warmth and earthiness to the curry, as well as providing numerous health benefits.

Coriander Powder: Ground coriander seeds contribute a citrusy and slightly sweet flavor to the curry, complementing the other spices and enhancing the overall taste experience.

Expert Tip: For added depth of flavor, marinate the chicken with the spices for at least 30 minutes before cooking. This allows the flavors to penetrate the meat, resulting in a more flavorful curry.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve your Chicken and Okra Curry piping hot, accompanied by fluffy basmati rice or freshly made naan bread. The soft, pillowy texture of rice or the warm, chewy naan provides the perfect base for soaking up the flavorful curry.
  • Garnish your curry with freshly chopped cilantro leaves for a pop of color and an extra burst of freshness. The bright green cilantro adds a vibrant contrast to the rich, deep hues of the curry, while its citrusy aroma enhances the overall dining experience.
  • For a refreshing contrast, serve a side of cool cucumber raita or tangy mango chutney alongside your curry. The creamy yogurt and crisp cucumber in the raita help to balance the spiciness of the curry, while the sweet and tangy mango chutney provides a delightful burst of flavor.
  • Complete your meal with a refreshing beverage such as a glass of chilled lassi or a cup of hot masala chai. The creamy yogurt in lassi helps to cool the palate after indulging in the spicy curry, while the aromatic spices in masala chai provide a comforting finish to your dining experience.

Expert Tip: To enhance the texture of the okra, consider lightly frying it in oil before adding it to the curry. This helps to reduce its sliminess and gives it a crispy exterior while retaining its tender interior.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is okra necessary for this recipe?

While okra adds a unique texture and flavor to the curry, it is not absolutely necessary. You can still enjoy a delicious chicken curry by omitting the okra or substituting it with another vegetable of your choice.

Can I use boneless chicken instead of chicken with bones?

Yes, you can use boneless chicken if you prefer. However, chicken with bones adds extra flavor to the curry. If using boneless chicken, adjust the cooking time accordingly as boneless pieces may cook faster.

Can I make this curry ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the curry ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving. The flavors often develop even more after sitting for a day or two.

How do I prevent the okra from becoming slimy?

To prevent okra from becoming slimy, make sure to dry it thoroughly after washing and trim the ends before cooking. Sautéing the okra in hot oil before adding it to the curry can also help reduce its sliminess.

Can I freeze leftover curry?

Yes, you can freeze leftover curry for future use. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

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Chicken Okra Curry

Chicken & Okra Curry

by Nabeela Kauser
Join me on a culinary adventure to the East with a spicy, succulent, and delectable chicken and okra curry. Unearth the aromatic symphony of flavours, bridging cultures, and satisfying those hungry stomachs.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 278 kcal


  • 700 g Chicken
  • 1 kg Okra Bhindi
  • 50 ml Oil
  • 5 Garlic Chopped
  • 2 Onions
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder


  • Add the oil and heat it up
  • Once the oil is hot, add the chopped garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until they are lightly browned
  • Add the tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat
  • Add the spices and cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Once the oil has separated then add the chicken and cook for 10-12 mins
  • Add the okra and then cover and cook for 15-20 mins on low heat
  • Make sure to mix every few minutes, so it doesn’t stick to the pan
  • Enjoy this chicken okra curry with homemade naan or rice!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 278kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 15gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 449mgPotassium: 833mgFibre: 7gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1884IUVitamin C: 51mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 166mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Bhindi, Chicken, Cooking, Curry, Food, Okra, Recipe
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Latest comments (2)

5 stars
Absolutely loved the recipe, my husband was impressed as well. My only substitution was boneless chicken tighs and it worked beautifully. Thank you for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe

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