Friday 28 August 2009

Crispy Okra With Caramelized Onions


I had read this recipe in Tarla Dalal’s book while I was generally turning pages in a bookshop. I had liked the recipe instantly and was waiting to try it. Last few days have been really low as I was down with viral fever. Everybody was surviving on bread, Maggi, ready to eat etc. and waiting for me to get well and enter the kitchen. I am still recuperating but have managed to cook something for the family.

This is basically a Sindhi recipe and calls for deep frying the Okra/भिंडी/Bhindi. But the technique with which it is fried makes the Okra crispy in a minimum oil. Now, I am sure this will catch everyone’s attention. This Okra can be served as a side dish with rice-lentils/daal and without the onions can be served as a starter.

The family enjoyed it with hot rice and daal, and have asked  to serve it as a  starter sometime.
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Ingredients For The Okra (Lady’s Finger)
350 gms Okra/ Lady's finger/ भिंडी
2 onions chopped
oil for frying
1/2 cup maize flour/wheat flour
3 tsp red chili pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
3 tbsp coriander pwd
2 tsp amchoor pwd
1 tsp cumin pwd
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp sugar
salt to taste


Head and tail the Okra, and make 6-8 vertical thin slices. Apply a little salt and leave it for 10 mins.

Spread the maize flour on the okra and mix properly (addition of maize makes this preparation gluten free, if adding whole wheat flour remember it's not gluten free). Fry in hot oil till crisp. Remove on an absorbent paper. The maize flour helps to reduce the absorption of oil and makes the Okra very crispy.


Heat 2 tsp of oil and add cumin followed by chopped onions. Saute and add the sugar and keep turning till they are nicely caramelized. Add chili, coriander, cumin, amchoor (dry mango powder) and turmeric powders, adjust the salt. Put in the fried Okra and toss properly till all the spices get coated properly on the Okra.

Serve it immediately with the rice and  lentils/daal.

In case you want to serve it as a starter, then just put a little red chili powder and chaat masala on the fried okra, toss and serve.
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Vaishali said...

I would love to get my hands on that plate of crispy okra right now-- and with onions? Heaven!

Preeti Kashyap said...

You have fever and you are up at midnight? Go take some rest. Anyways, this is a yum recipe and I love okra. I am going to make this next week. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. Get well soon!

Unknown said...

Yummy and crispy!!!!!I love okra and this is really tempting!!

Unknown said...

Ahhhh...Its been ages i have seen such fresh okra..they simply looks so delicious...yummy & crispy can go with my dal & rice tonight...

Pari Vasisht said...

@ Preeti.
Thanks for that sweet castigation, but rest assured dear I was not awake till midnight, I had scheduled my post like that.

Bindiya said...

Wow a great way of making good ole' bhindi!

Priya Narasimhan said...

Looks very tempting..I too am a fan of Tarla Dalal..

Hari Chandana P said...

WOW... crispy and yummy okra.. looks very tempting..nice clicks.. thanks for sharing!!

sridevi said...

lovely looking okras hmmm yummy must try

Priya Suresh said...

Wow very new to me, looks yummy..

Parita said...

Delectable! love caramelized onions and with crispy okra what more can i ask for? yummm

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

I love this Okra - I have eaten it a couple of times in restaurants... Love your detailed photos and steps...
Great job - looks yum...

Gita Jaishankar said...

Wow...that looks absoultely delicious :)

Pari Vasisht said...

Hi folks! Thanks for appreciating the Okra.

ST said...

Looks very tasty and delicious dear:)

Katy ~ said...

Interesting preparation for okra. Your tutorial is absolutely terrific and make this look so good.

kittymatti said...

hey this is a good one! thanks for sharing!

Nandinis food said...

Very interesting! Step by step photos look cute! Wonderful dish! Take care of your health.

Trendsetters said...

looks very tasty..fried stuuf and okra have always been my favourite...this dish has both said...

I did try this dish at home, all just loved it.


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