Crispy Rajasthani Bhindi (Gram flour coated Okra) is my way of including this unconventional vegetable in the diet!
This recipe is lightly spiced and contains no onions or garlic. It would go well with rotis (Indian flatbread) or can be a healthy side with your drinks or meal.
What is Bhindi?
Bhindi or Ladies’ finger or Okra is a flowering plant that is widely used in many countries from the Caribbean to South East Asia. This highly prized seed pods finds it’s use in pickles, curries or a side.
Nutritional facts about Bhindi
It’s not one of the most conventional vegetables but it’s a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
Adding Bhindi (or Okra) to your diet increases the fiber intake. It has a high content of Vitamin A and antioxidants.
On the other hand, frying Bhindi (or Okra) might cause your cholesterol levels to rise. A better alternative way to cook would be sauté or stir fry.
A lil about the recipe….
An aromatic, simple and spiced Okra recipe from the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Besan (or gram flour) is a dominant ingredient of Rajasthani cuisine.
Here the lightly sautéed Okra is gently tossed with roasted gram flour and other spices to create a dish that goes well as a curry/ side.
Other Bhindi Recipes: Bhindi Fry, Dahi Bhindi
Crispy Rajasthani Bhindi (Gram flour coated Okra)
- 1/2 lbs Bhindi (or Okra) or 250 grams
- 3-4 tbsp Besan or gram flour
- 1 tsp Amchoor or dried mango powder
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric
- Salt to taste
- 3-4 tbsp cooking oil
- Rinse and pat dry Okra. Cut the crown and tip.
- Make 2-3 slits without completely slicing. Now cut them into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Heat oil in a medium non stick pan and sauté okra pieces until crisp and slight brown.
- Remove and drain excess oil. Keep them aside.
- In the same pan, heat 1/2 tbsp oil and roast besan until it’s raw fragrance disappears.
- Now add the sautéed okra and gently toss. Next add in all the spices and salt and stir gently so that the mixture coats okra well.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy as a side with drinks or with hot rotis (Indian flatbread).
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