Q. Could you please let me know if we can eat bhindi/okra/ladysfinger on Ekdashi? Also can you please explicitly list the items that are in the category of beans and grains?
A. Bhindi, or lady’s finger, is one of the prohibited vegetables for Ekadashi; you cannot take it on this day.
Beans include: Papadams, tofu, tempeh
Grains include: Millet, barley, farina, pasta, rice, corn and all types of flour made from grains and beans (e.g., rice flour, chickpea flour, urad dahl flour)
For a more comprehensive list of prohibited items on Ekadasi, you may visit the following website: http://www.goloka.com/docs/calendar/ekadasi.html
What Srila Prabhupada said about Ekadashi: When asked by Pradyumna what we could eat Srila Prabhupada said, “Fruits, Roots, Nuts, Milk. If you stick to these types of foods you should be fine. Of course the sure way is to fast completely. Water of course can be taken. Except if you wish to do nirjala.