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Kurkuri Bhindi

Ingredients

  • Approx. ½ pound okra (bhindi)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seed (jeera)
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1 tsp. red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric (haldi)
  • 2 tbsp. besan (gram flour) available in Indian grocery stores
  • 1 tbsp. rice flour
  • Oil to fry

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry the okra, cut off the tops and bottom of the okra. Cut the okras vertically into thin slices.
  2. Lightly massage the okra with fingers, doing this some of the seeds will come out of the okras, remove the seeds; it is not necessary to remove all the seeds.
  3. Sprinkle all the spice salt, cumin seeds, coriander powder, chili flakes, mango powder, and turmeric over okra and mix it well. Okras should be well coated with spices. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Okras will become moist because of the salt.
  4. Sprinkle besan, and rice flour over bhinidies, mix slowly and keep mixing by lightly rubbing them until okras are coated well.
  5. Heat the oil in frying pan moderately over medium high heat. Fry the okras in batches without overcrowding. Fry them till they are golden brown, this should take about seven minutes. Take the okra out and place them on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
  6. Kurkuri bhindi, crispy okra is ready to be served!