Kurkuri Bhindi Recipe | Okra Fry Recipe | How to make Kurkuri Bhindi

Kurkuri Bhindi Recipe with step by step photos – Spicy, Tasty and Crispy Okra Fry Recipe. It is one of the best side dish you can make with bhindi.

kurkuri bhindi recipe

In Hindi, Kurkuri means Crisp and Bhindi is Okra. This Okra Fry recipe is an easy snack like recipe made with Bhindi (Lady Finger). It is great as a side dish with the combination of dal-rice, sambar-rice, curd-rice or even with plain chapatis or parathas.

At times as a side dish, I prepare Kurkuri Bhindi to go with dal and rice. The recipe comes from my mom and she would make kurkuri bhindi on occasions to go with chapatis. You can serve kurkuri bhindi with bread also.

My mom would add all the spice powders that I have added in this recipe, except chaat masala. The rest of the bhindi recipe is same.

At times I bake these too. So in the post i have shared both the baked and fried version of kurkuri bhindi. I do not deep fry but shallow fry with less oil. When frying, I add oil as required, so that oil gets used up and there is no excess oil.

The baked kurkuri bhindi tastes good but are not as crispy as the fried ones. For health reasons, the baked ones are better. In the step by step post I have mentioned both baking and frying method.

Few tips for making okra fry or bhindi kurkuri

  • The oil should be hot, otherwise the bhindi (okra) will absorb oil and become soggy and not even look good on the plate. In case, the oil  gets over before frying the second batch, add some more oil.
  • You can alter the spice powders as per your taste. Since I have used homemade punjabi garam masala and its very strong, I have added 1 teaspoon of it. But you can adjust the garam masala as per its quality and freshness.
  • I have shallow fried the bhindis. I won’t suggest deep frying as later your kadai or pan will have all the besan, spices and the bhindi seeds leftovers. It looks a mess.
  • Take as much oil as is needed for the bhindi (okra) so that all the oil gets used up. Thus, you don’t have a messy oil to strain or throw later.

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kurkuri bhindi

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ladies finger fry recipe - spicy, tasty and crispy okra fry recipe. it is one of the best side dish you can make with bhindi.
kurkuri bhindi recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:40 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:1 hr
Course:snacks
Cuisine:indian
Servings (change the number to scale):4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 grams okra (bhindi or lady finger)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ cup gram flour (besan)
  • salt, add as required
  • 10 tablespoons oil or add as required, for frying the bhindi in batches

INSTRUCTIONS

Preparation for Kurkuri Bhindi

  • Rinse the okra or bhindi in water for 3-4 times. Wipe them dry with a kitchen napkin. Slice the bhindi vertically into 4 pieces.
  • If you have small sized bhindi, then slice into 2 pieces. Take all your sliced bhindi in a big thali or a big bowl.
  • Now sprinkle all the spice powders one by one on the sliced bhindi.
  • With a spoon or spatula, gently mix the spice powders with the bhindi.
  • Sprinkle the besan on the bhindi.
  • Again, gently mix the besan with the bhindi. The besan must evenly coat the bhindi.
  • Marinate the bhindi in this mixture for 25-30 minutes. You could also keep it for an hour.

Making Bhindi Kurkuri

  • In your kadai, heat 2 to 3 tablespoons oil. 
  • Add a batch of marinated bhindi and fry. You can fry in three to four batches depending on the size of kadai. Add more oil if required while frying bhindi. 
  • Fry the bhindis till golden brown and crisp on a medium flame. 
  • Take care and keep on turning the okra so that they get fried evenly. If the oil becomes too hot, you could lower the flame and fry.
  • Keep the fried bhindis on a crumpled kitchen tissue so that the extra oil gets drained.
  • Serve bhindi kurkuri directly as they are or if you want you could garnish bhindi with coriander leaves, julienned ginger or sliced green chilis.
  • If you like you could also sprinkle some lime juice on top of the crispy bhindi. You could also sprinkle some kala namak or chaat masala on the crispy fried bhindi.
  • Enjoy the kurkuri bhindi plain or with rotis and a bowl of curd.

NOTES

Tips for Kurkuri Bhindi Recipe:
  • Recipe can be easily halved.
  • You can add less or more of the spice powders as per your requirements. 
For Baking Kurkuri Bhindi - then spread the marinated bhindi in a greased tray. Brush some oil on the top of the bhindi. You can also add 1 tablespoon oil in the marination mixture and mix it very well with the bhindi. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius, till the bhindi are crisp and golden.
 

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
kurkuri bhindi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 606mg26%
Potassium 489mg14%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1050IU21%
Vitamin C 28.7mg35%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Preparation to make  Kurkuri Bhindi Recipe

1. Rinse the bhindi in water very well. Then wipe them dry with a kitchen napkin. Or you can spread them in a large plate and let them dry naturally. The bhindi should be completely dry before you start marinating it with spices.

okra or bhindi

2. Remove the crown and the base tip of the bhindi. Slice the bhindi/okra vertically into 4 pieces. If you have small sized bhindi, then slice into 2 pieces. Take all your sliced bhindi in a big thali or a big bowl.

slicing bhindi

3. Now sprinkle all the spice powders including salt, one by one on the sliced bhindi.

adding spices for kurkuri bhindi

4. Sprinkle besan on the bhindi.

adding besan for kurkuri bhindi

5. Gently mix the besan, spice powders and salt with the bhindi. The besan must evenly coat the bhindi.

mixing kurkuri bhindi recipe

6. Marinate the bhindi in this mixture for 25-30 minutes. You could also keep it for an hour. This is how they look after marination.

 kurkuri bhindi recipe after marination

Making Kurkuri Bhindi

7. If Baking Kurkuri Bhindi – then spread the marinated bhindi in a greased tray. Brush some oil on the top of the bhindi. You can also add 1 tablespoon oil in the marination mixture and mix it very well with the bhindi. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius, till the bhindi are crisp and golden.

baked kurkuri bhindi recipe

8. For Frying Kurkuri Bhindi – in a kadai or pan, heat 2 to 3 tablespoons oil. Fry the bhindi in batches. Depending on the size of the kadai, you can fry in 3 to 4 batches. For each batch, you can add 2 to 3 tablespoons oil. Add the first batch of marinated bhindi after the oil gets hot.

frying kurkuri bhindi recipe

9. Fry on a medium flame. When one side becomes crisp, then turn over each bhindi and fry the other side.

kurkuri-bhindi-recipe11

10. Turn over a couple of times to get the bhindi evenly fried and crisp.

frying kurkuri bhindi recipe

11. Do keep on turning the bhindi so that they get fried evenly. If the oil becomes too hot, you could lower the flame and fry.

frying kurkuri bhindi recipe

12. Fry the bhindis till golden brown and crisp on a medium flame.

frying kurkuri bhindi recipe

13. Remove fried bhindi with a slotted spoon, straining the extra oil from the spoon.

fried kurkuri bhindi

14. Place the fried bhindi on crumpled kitchen tissues on a plate, so that the excess oil is drained.

kurkuri bhindi

15. Serve kurkuri bhindi directly as they are (the way I did) or if you want you could garnish them with coriander leaves, julienned ginger or sliced green chilis. If you like you could also sprinkle some lime juice on top of the crispy bhindi. You could also sprinkle some kala namak or chaat masala on the crispy fried bhindi. Enjoy the kurkuri bhindi plain or with rotis and a bowl of curd.

kurkuri bhindi recipe

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95 comments/reviews

  1. I tried this..A Gujarati recipe which I have had in thalis in Mumbai.Very quick and easy dish.Both the adults and kids loved it.Thanks5 stars

  2. I have been following your recipes since the time I started cooking. Love coming back to your site for detailed and easy recipes. As usual, five stars to kurkuri bhindi 😊😊5 stars

    • thank you richa for this lovely feedback and rating on kurkuri bhindi. by the way, i also made kurkuri bhindi for lunch today, but baked them instead of frying.

  3. I tried this recipe but had to throw away the whole thing..the besan got all stuck to kadhai bottom..and bhindi was not crispy..wat could have gone wrong?

    • sorry to hear that. the issue here is not the recipe or the bhindi. it is the pan that is the culprit. when making recipes where besan or any flour is involved it is always good to use pans which we use for deep frying. also if a pan is not heavy or gets heated up quickly, the besan will get stuck to the pan. that is also the reason for the bhindi not becoming crispy. hope this helps.

  4. I visit india .tasty food
    When i saw this i felt a need to come back to india, i was in bombay and banglore
    Thanks a lot

  5. Tried this recipe..my son loved it 🙂 asking me to prepare it again..which is a good thing….considering that he is not too fond of veggies5 stars

  6. I enjoyed the Kurkuri Bhindi recipe. Thanks… It turned out good… I like how you described the procedure so perfectly rather than just putting down the recipe plainly. It made cooking simpler and I was confident that it will turn out well. I’m happy with the outcome. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TALENT.5 stars

  7. After I tried making this for the 1st time, my husband liked it so much that now he refuses to eat any other type of bhindi preparation…thanks a ton 🙂5 stars

  8. EXCELLENT. !!!!!

    Kurkuri Bhindi very Tasty!!!
    Corn cheese toast & methi na Gota !!!!
    Mouth watery! !”!
    Very helpful Recipes! !!!1 star