Thursday, 5 July 2012

Bindi pakoda / Okra fry

A famous side dish at Andhra mess. I have tasted this for the first time at a mess in Hyderabad. Thinly sliced vegetables, coated with equal amounts of gram flour and rice flour mixture and deep fried until crisp. You can even make this using ivy gourd.

Okra fry

Okra / Bindi – 250 gms
Basin/ Gram flour – ¼ cup
Rice flour – ¼ cup
Onion (small) - 1
Green chilli – 4 to 5
Curry leaves – hand full
Oil to deep fry


Heat a pan with oil to deep fry the okra mixture. Keep it in medium flame.
In the mean time cut the okra, onion and chilli into 2 inch thin strips.

Except oil, mix all the other ingredients to the okra mixture.
Sprinkle enough water just to bind the ingredients together.
Increase the flame to heat the oil. Once it is hot enough, take small amounts of okra mixture and slowly slide them into the hot oil.
Fry them until they become crunchy.
You can serve this as a side dish.

Okra baked in oven

As I do not want to intake more oil, I have baked the same okra mixture in oven just by adding 2 tbsp of oil to the mixture.

Note: If you are not quick enough and can’t manage to cut all the vegetables on time, do not heat the pan in the beginning.


  1. Thank you for the post. Please mention the oven temperature and duration.

    1. Hello, sorry for the late reply.
      Heat the oven with Mark 7 ie. 220 degree celsius. Once it is hot, place the okra mixture and reduce the heat to gas mark 5. You need to bake it for 15 -20 minutes by tossing the mixture in between, so that it gets cooked evenly.