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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Veggie Wednesday ~ Okra Fry

If you are wondering whether I have burnt or charred the fry, I did not and trust me, that fry tastes delicious. I usually toast okra in the oven to the point where they turn crisp and loose all their 'green' color. I do it on purpose each time I roast okra as everyone in my family loves it that way. Trust me, if not for this post, you would not have noticed those green pieces of okra in the above picture. :) However if cooking my way, one has to pay attention at the final stages of the cooking since our aim is not to burn the okra but turn it into crispy pieces.
Okra fry is loved by everyone in our family and especially it is my daughter's favorite dish. My husband remembers to bring home okra whenever he spots the fresh ones, for her sake. Some go into making this fry and some to the Andhra style dal. The oven toasting cuts down the oil usage considerably compared to the stove-top roasting and I prefer the oven method when I want my vegetables to be crispy and guilt-free. I mostly cook okra, tindora and potatoes this way.
Okra is one of those vegetables which turn slimy if they are wet / have any trace of water on them while chopping. Here is a tip to avoid the sticky situation and save time in sitting and dry wiping each okra. Wash and drain the okra completely and leave them overnight or a few hours (depending on when okra are needed) on a thick towel to dry out or lay them on one half of the towel and cover them with the other half. By morning they will all be clean and completely dry. Then proceed with the chopping as the recipe requires.

Ingredients:
About 2 cups finely chopped okra / 45 okra
3 to 4 tbsp. oil
Salt and chili powder to taste

Method:
* Preheat the oven to 400 deg F.
* Chop off the tips and finely chop the okra pods. Try to keep them in same size for uniform cooking. Add the chopped okra and oil to a bowl and mix well so that each okra piece is coated generously with oil.
* Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easy cleanup later.)
* Spread the okra pieces on the prepared baking sheet. Slight overcrowding will do since the quantity of okra is going to be reduced after some minutes of baking.
* Bake until the desired consistency is reached, flipping once or twice intermittently. Pay attention at the final stages of baking to avoid burning.
* Remove them from oven and transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle salt and chili powder as needed and toss to combine.
* Serve with hot steamed rice.
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Comments 

18 comments:

Varadas Kitchen said...

Not a fan of okra but can see how crispy the dish is. Perfectly done.

Usha said...

We too love okra fry. Oven fried okra seems like a nice idea. I have tried potatoes but not okra.

vaishali sabnani said...

Oh i love these , i can have one extra chapati with it.wonderful idea to bake and avoid deep frying. Fantastic Suma!

Nivedhanams Sowmya said...

we also love okra well fried... will try your recipe!!!

kitchen queen said...

delicious Okra fry

Srivalli said...

I love bhendi and this oven fried sounds so perfect..how much time did it take approx?..btw I have never used it in andhra style dal..:)

Gayathri Kumar said...

My daughter is crazy of okra. Need to try your version for her. She would love it...

Kalyani said...

My family loves okra and would love to try this out sometime ..

Srividhya said...

they look crisp and very yummy.

Priya Suresh said...

Interesting and definitely healthy okra fry, have to give a try to this version.

Padmajha PJ said...

We love crispy bindi as well! Lovely curry and it would have been such a tasty side with the dal...

sneha datar said...

Interesting and healthy way to avoid frying Okra.

Pavani N said...

I love almost burnt -- ahem, well fried okra. That first picture looks so tempting -- I might eat the whole bowl all by myself ;-)

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Very well done..we too like fried okra.I too make it almost burnt..

Harini-Jaya R said...

Wow! Never tried oven roasting okra and tindora. Sounds like a boon to me :) I can snack on these forever.

Priya Srinivasan said...

Perfectly done, crispy and guilt-free!!!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

We simply love Okra and this one looks so tempting. Lovely recipe :)

veena krishnakumar said...

crispy okra. should try thismethod