Friday, 28 December 2012

Kurkuri Bhindi......Faux Friying..kurkur kurkur

We recently went to Corbettlanded at the hotel at 5:00 a.m. , had breakfast and going by that, was looking forward to the lunch spreadbutdidn’t like the mutton and chicken thing the chef had made for lunch and had to focus my attention on the veg disheseven though as a rule ,I don’t eat vegetarian food on vacation...BAM!!...three of my favorite veg dishesall three requiring deep frying and hence a no no at home for meI HATE deep frying and avoid it as much as possiblenot because I only eat healthy (hah!) but because I can’t seem to stop at just frying one thingthere is always too much oil left and I fry another thing and then another and then anotherso anyways, thought I would go back and convert one into a non- fry thingyso here is Kurkuri Bhindi or Crispy Fried Spiced Okra made in the microwave ovennormally made by deep frying Bhindis which have been marinated with spices, gram flour and rice flour...try this one, no guilt involved J

Microwave Bhindi recipe mmskitchenbites

Kurkuri Bhindi - Microwave recipe


  • Bhindi/Okra, 500 gm
  • Garlic, sliced finely, 5-6 cloves
  • Aamchur/Dry mango powder OR Chaat Masala, ½ tsp or to taste
  • Coriander powder, ½ to 1 tsp
  • Red Chili powder, ½ to 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder, a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil, ½ to 1 tsp
  • Water, about 2 tbsp


Wash bhindis and wipe dry – please ensure they are absolutely dry. If not, spread them out to dry first. 
Top & tail them and cut each one of them into 8 to 10 thin long slices.

Spread them on a greased (use very little oil here)  big glass platter and sprinkle with salt. Microwave  on high for 3-4 minutes. 
Check and toss/shake them around a bit and back into the microwave for another 3-4 minutes . Mine took 9 minutes in the microwave to completely get dry/dehydrated/crisp up.

Cooking time will vary slightly, depending on the wattage of your microwave and the thickness of the slices. 

Let the bhindis cool completely.

All cooking on low flame. Heat oil in a non stick pan, add the garlic and fry till it starts going light golden.

Add all the spice powders followed by water so that the spices don’t burn. 
Stir for about 5-10 secs till the spice powders are cooked. 

Add the bhindi and stir so that the spices and garlic coats the bhindi. 

Serve hot with Dal and Rice.


  1. This looks so good! And I even have all the ingredients on hand! Love me some okra, so I'll be trying this soon!

  2. Thats a cool one mona. Will definitely try it

  3. I ate this at a restaurant and loved it. I'm a bit unclear, do you cook this in oil, on the stove, AFTER cooking until crisp in the microwave?
    Thanks, Rocquie

    1. Hi Sage, yes after it gets dried in micro, a gentle toss with the spices on the stove. Have to stay though, that this will not taste the same as what you had in the restaurant - nothing, and I mean nothing can ever match all that deep fired goodness :-)