Rinse bhindi very well under running water & drain them.
Wipe off with a clean kitchen cloth or tissues to remove all the moisture. You can also leave on the counter top for a while to air dry. Any moisture on the bhindi will make them slimy while cooking so wipe dry them completely.
Chop off both the ends and discard them. Chop the bhindi to ¾ inch pieces.
How to make Bhindi Masala
Heat 1½ tablespoons oil in a pan.
Saute bhindi on a medium flame for about 5 to 7 mins stirring often until they are partially cooked. At this stage they should be no more sticky & slimy after sauteing.
Transfer them to a plate and set aside.
Add 1½ to 2 tablespoons more oil to the same pan. Then add cumin seeds.
When they begin to splutter, saute onions and green chili until they turn golden.
Next saute ginger garlic for 2 mins till the raw smell of the garlic goes away.
Then saute tomatoes with salt until they turn soft and mushy.
Stir in red chili powder, turmeric, garam masala & coriander powder. Saute until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
Pour 6 tablespoons (little less than half cup) water & mix well. Cook the masala until it turns thick. This brings out the flavors of spices. (check video for consistency)
Taste test and add more salt if needed. Stir in the kasuri methi & bhindi.
Cover and cook on a low heat until bhindi turns slightly tender and the aroma comes out.