Kurkuri Bhindi or crispy fried okra - as the name says, crispy bhindi fry is a spicy, absolutely delicious, irresistible and best Indian snacks munchie or a side dish to serve any time. Term it as a ladies finger fry or crispy okra fry, they are all the same, hence, we Indians call it as a karari bhindi or kurkuri bhindi in hindi. Indeed this bhindi kurkuri is a great side dish to serve with dal rice, pulao, khichdi or curd rice. Or serve it as a snacks with some chutney or ketchup on the side. Either bake it or fry it, this easy gluten free and vegan crispy bhindi fry recipe will never disappoint you. Here is how to make kurkuri bhindi recipe or fried okra recipe step by step under 30 minutes.
Crispy Fried Okra
Okay, guys, so today (17th sept'18), I am reviving my a very old post of this karari bhindi and updating it with step by step photos for better understanding. So, first, let me tell you, something. I am extremely happy to share that my son, who is a fussy eater, loves to eat this crispy bhindy fry or kurkuri bhindi. Nowadays, he has started asking me for it more often. Me, a happy mom, is glad to make these crispy fried okra for him as I know how beneficial bhindi is for him.
Significantly, okra or lady finger has number of benefits on health to mention. It imporves digestion due to its high dietery fiber content, also aiding in prevention of diabetes. And, it is also a great source to aid weight loss when eaten regularly. oh, oh oh ! let me not get too much into it's science but yes, do include it in your diet for better health.
This bhindi kurkuri recipe is absolutely easy to make and not limited to be served as a main course dish only. You can indeed serve it as a snacks appetizer or even for breakfast, with some tea. Enjoy it either with some chapathi, puri, paratha or with with dal rice, curd rice, khichdi, pulao or dalia. Isn't this recipe of kurkuri bhindi so verstile? of course yes! 🙂
Crispy Bhindi Fry Ingredients
Particularly, this crisp bhindi fry recipe or ladies finger fry, needs few basic ingredients easily available in your pantry. As I am making Punjabi Kurkuri Bhindi, the touch of kasuri methi and ajwain to it should not be skipped from the recipe. These two ingredients imparts beautiful fresh flavour to the karari bhindi making it stunningly irresistible to you 🙂 . The spice powders that goes in are red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, chaat masala or amchoor powder.
The taste enhancer, lemon juice and salt goes in. we need enough oil to fry the okras. Now, coming to the coating part, below, if you see, I have added, besan or gramflour and rice flour into it. But if you want to make kurkuri bhindi without besan, then you can use cornflur instead of besan. For the below mentioned measure, 2-3 tablespoons of cornflour with rice flour is good to go.
How to make Kurkuri Bhindi In an oven?
To make baked kurkuri bhindi, first pre heat the oven at 190 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, follow the steps as shown below. Then, place the bhindi in a single layer on a tray or bake sheet and spray with oil. Bake the bhindi for 20-25 minutes or until golden and crisp. Here I would recommend you adding 1 tablespoon of oil in marination and then coat the bhindis to bake. This is how i do, however, you can also spray it with oil after coating as well.
You can also make this bhindi kurkuri in an airfryer also, in the same like how we did for oven. Only, the cooking time will be reduced to 12-15 minutes and temeperature for airfryer will be 180 degrees
Important tips to make best Cripsy Fried Okra or Okra Fry
To make crispy bhindi fry or any bhindi recipes, always, wash and wipe the bhindi well before slicing or cutting them.
For the recipe of okra fry, discard the big seeds as many you can.
It is absolutley fine if the bhindi turns slimy after marination, as this will help in blinding the coating well for best result.
to make kurkuri bhindi recipe, always, fry the bhindi on high heat on very hot oil to make it as crisp as possible. Avoid frying them low flame as this absorbs lot of oil making bhindi softer and unappealing.
Furthermore, always, slice the bhindi in quarters or thin strip. Below, if you see, i have halved them. For the reason, I had only 45 minutes to finish the dish and shoot it as I had to go out for some urgent work. So, did a short cut here, to finish everything on time.
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Bhindi Kurkuri or Punjabi Kurkuri Bhindi Recipe
to prepare bhindi kurkuri:
- 250 gms Bhindi (Okra) ( lengthwise cut in quarters)
- ½ tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
- ½ tsp Dry mango powder ((amchoor) or chaat masala)
- 1 tsp Kasuri Methi ( (slightly roasted and crushed))
- ½ tsp Garama masala powder (garam masala powder)
- Juice of one medium lemon
- Salt as per taste
to coat bhindi:
- 4 tbsp Besan (Chickpea flour)
- 4 tbsp Rice flour
- ¾ teaspoon Carom seeds ((Ajwain))
- 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder (Kashmiri red chili powder)
- Salt as per taste
- Oil for frying
- To begin with first, wash the bhindi then wipe it well with the clean kitchen towel. Then, slice all the bhindi lengthwise in quarters.
- Now, in a bowl, add sliced bhindi, turmeric powder, chilli powder, amchoor or chaat masala, garam masala powder, lemon juice and kasuri methi and comine well until marinated well. Bhindi will get slimy, but that is absolutely fine.
- This is how the bhindi looks when marinated. After that, cover and keep it aside for 10-15 minutes
- Once the bhindi is ready to fry, heat oil in deep pan or kadhai.
- Meanwhile prepare a coating by evenly mixing the ingredients mentioned above for coating.
- When oil is hot, take the marinated bhindi and coat each of them well evenly with coating mixture
- Deep fry them in hot oil till golden brown and crisp.
- Take them out and drain on kitchen towel. Do this in batches, please do not over laod the kadhai with bhindi. Enjoy kurkuri bhindi or karari bhindi hot and crisp as a side dish with your meal or as a snack.
I have bever seen such a crispy bhindi ever. Seeing your post on facebook tempted me to try my hands on it. I tried it and it came out so lovely tasty and crsipy. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Thumbs -Up
Thank you so much Shalina, i am glad it came out wonderful and you love it 🙂
Hi..I’m always looking for fun recipes to make so my kids would eat them and enjoy them. This looks like a fun recipe and something my kids would love, given its deep fried lol. I was just wondering if I could make this with frozen bags of bhindis? Or just the fresh ones?
Thank you so much, happy to hear that kids will love them! I would suggest you to go with the fresh ones only for this recipe, avoid using frozen bhindis. 🙂
Hi Farrukh, Though I have made kurkuri Bhindi but this time I decided to follow your recipe..and I must say they turned out to be excellent.The spices were just perfect..Everybody loved it. Thank you so much for sharing such nice recipies..
Hi Salma ...
No..i did not add any water to coating ingredients..its a dry coating...bhindis itself marinated well in other ingredients and its slimy too...so it will get coated well with dry ingredients...not really needed to add water...you have done fab job 🙂
Hi Farrukh Ji, I followed your kurkuri Bhindi recipe and prepared fried bhindi. They are super hit in my family and everyone loved it. I was not sure if I should add water to the coating or not...so just skipped adding water and coated bhindi in dry coating. Can you please guide me if I should add water to the coating ingredients ?
nice recipe... photos are so beautiful!!
love the whole platter, I am your new fan, all yours clicks and recipes are awesome.