Oven Crisped Bhindi (okra)

Bite-Sized Post No.1

To make sure I am blogging more frequently, I'm going to do these bite-sized posts. These are recipe cards made using iPhone pics and coming straight to the recipe without any (much) rambling.

Who doesn't like fried Bhindi / Okra? But truth is okra can soak in a whole oil tank to get crisp. Here's my almost no-oil (compared to the deep frying method) method to get crispy crunchy okra in minutes. Even if you are the lucky ones who doesn't need to watch your waist line, deep frying is such a hassle. So here's the cheat code.

The only thing you need to be careful about is the baking time. At 200 C, once the slices have browned, they can get charred in no time. So, please keep a watch post the 8-9 min mark.

I made this for lunch today to go on top of my (boring) tomato-cucumber-dill salad. And it did take the salad up by several notches.

Text Version Recipe of Crispy Bhindi

Wash bhindi and pat dry.
Thinly slice them.
Take 2 cups sliced bhindi.
Preheat oven.
Heat 2 tsp oil in wok.
Add bhindi slices, toss well to coat with oil.
Line a 10X10 baking tray with foil.
Spread bhindi slices in single layer.
Bake at 200 C for 10-12 minutes until it turns golden brown.
Remove, cool for 2 minutes and use in raita, as salad topping or just like that.
You can sprinkle salt / chaat masala on it once cooled.

(Picture formatted in Instagram)


Prathibha said...

I too make this way,just that I cut long n diagonal..guilt free bhindi fry

Srilatha said...

I like this idea of mini-posts. A nice way to stay in the spirit of blogging without too much hassle. <3 the guilt-free-crispy-okra.


Scarlett O'Hara said...

Yes yes, do off mini-posts. I should try this idea of roasting, with tomatoes and brinjal also...

Vibha said...

Hi Nandita,

This post was somewhere in my subconscious :)

I made some yummy Bhindi (okra sabji ) in the oven twice this week. Recipe:

Add 1-2 tsp olive oil to the thinly sliced bhindi and arrange them in the ovenware. Add a few drops of ginger juice and pop it into the oven ( 250 deg - bake mode ). After a few minutes add some salt and return to oven.

In a little bowl take 3-4 tablespoons of gram flour and add some salt, pinch of turmeric, wee bit of cumin-coriander powder, some drops of the ginger juice. Mix this well. Add this to the semi cooked bhindi (okra) and mix enuff to coast most of the okra.

return to oven for another 4-5 mts.

You can have this with rotis or curd rice, rice and dal , khichdi.

You can even add a dash of lime just before serving.

relentlesslyrestless said...

Hi Nandita! Loved this post because I LOVE bhindi. I don't know if you remember me from twitter- @therealsridevi. I'll be down visiting family in B'lore come mid-Dec and was wondering if you were up to meeting up. It would be great to connect! I will also be meeting Madhu Menon (who I met during a tweetup a year or so ago). Let me know :)

Priyanka said...

Liked the idea of Mini-post. I should try that too

Maayeka said...

very healthy and nice recipe..I must try this.

Ms. S said...

I love how this turns out-without the mushy texture:)

Krithi84 said...

Hi,this is such a brilliant idea. Finally a perfect way to turn mushy frozen bindis into crisp munchies!

saffrontrail said...

Glad you liked the idea, Krithi. Do let me know how it turns out for you, as I've never used frozen bhindi for this.

Kavita said...

Hello. Loved your idea. Just one question, can you make this in the microwave?

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