How to Make Crispy Okra Pakora (Ladies' Fingers)

Updated on March 16, 2018
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Okra Pakoras Are Irresistible!

I made okra pakora today. It was crispy, delicious, and delightful finger food. My family members finished eating them in no time.

Serve them as a side dish or as an evening snack. It is a popular party appetizer too.

Okra is loaded with nutrients that are good for your heart, liver, digestive system, blood sugar, etc. It has vital nutrients, such as protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and zinc. It helps to boost your immunity and eyesight. It provides energy to work. It is also believed to help prevent neurodegenerative disorders in humans.

This veggie has a pleasant green color and a mild aroma when cooked. It cooks fast. You can make okra pakora for four people in just 20-25 minutes.

Making Okra Pakora At-a-Glance

To begin with, slice the okra. Next, add corn flour, rice flour, gram flour, coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix, adding some curd. Deep-fry this masala-coated okra till they become golden brown and crispy. That's it!

Enjoy munching on them whenever you desire. It stays crispy for two days, provided you store them in an air-tight container.

Now, let's find out in detail how to make yummy okra pakora at home.

5 stars for Okra Pakora or Ladys Finger Snacks

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1 heaped bowl okra or ladys finger, washed, chopped to get thin slices
  • 2 tsp rice flour
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp gram flour or besan
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 green chili, optional, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • oil for deep-frying
  • 2 tbsp curd or yogurt

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Okra Pakora

  • Wash okra. Pat dry them. Make thin slices. Put them in a mixing bowl.
  • Add corn flour, rice flour, gram flour (besan), red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, chopped green chilies(optional), salt, and curd or yogurt. Mix well.
  • Add a few drops of water if needed. The mix should not be watery.
  • Heat oil for deep-frying. Ensure that the oil is hot. Gently drop a fist full of this mix while separating the slices with your fingers. Don't overcrowd them.
  • Keep the heat medium-high in the beginning. Turn them occasionally for uniform frying of okra on all sides.
  • Frying raw okra takes a bit more time. Reduce the heat once okra shrinks in size and the sizzling sound goes down.
  • Fry them till they are golden brown and crispy. Take them out with the help of a slotted spoon. Place them on absorbent paper sheets.
  • Repeat the same for making all the pakoras. Keep the pakora open till they become completely cold.
  • Serve these yummy and crunchy finger foods as a tea-time snack. They can also be served as appetizer or side dish.
  • Enjoy munching on them whenever you desire!

Wash okra. Pat dry them.
Wash okra. Pat dry them.
Step one: Make thin slices of okra. Take them in a mixing bowl.
Step one: Make thin slices of okra. Take them in a mixing bowl.
Step two: Add corn flour, gram flour, rice flour, turmeric powder, red chili powder, chopped green chilies(optional), coriander powder, and salt.
Step two: Add corn flour, gram flour, rice flour, turmeric powder, red chili powder, chopped green chilies(optional), coriander powder, and salt.
Add curd or yogurt.
Add curd or yogurt.
Step three: Mix well.
Step three: Mix well.
Step four: Deep-fry this masala-coated okra in hot oil in batches. Don't over crowd them. Follow the instructions to make uniformly fried pakoras.
Step four: Deep-fry this masala-coated okra in hot oil in batches. Don't over crowd them. Follow the instructions to make uniformly fried pakoras.
Different stages of deep-frying the okra pakora mix.
Different stages of deep-frying the okra pakora mix.
Step five: Reduce the heat once okra shrinks in size and sizzling sound lessens. Fry them till they become crispy and golden brown.
Step five: Reduce the heat once okra shrinks in size and sizzling sound lessens. Fry them till they become crispy and golden brown.
Step six: Take them out with the help of a slotted spoon. Place them on absorbent sheets. Repeat the same for making all the pakoras.
Step six: Take them out with the help of a slotted spoon. Place them on absorbent sheets. Repeat the same for making all the pakoras.
Keep okra pakoras open till they cool down completely. Serve them as appetizer, side dish, or evening snack. Enjoy eating! Store remaining pakoras in an air-tight container. You can store them crispy this way for two days.
Keep okra pakoras open till they cool down completely. Serve them as appetizer, side dish, or evening snack. Enjoy eating! Store remaining pakoras in an air-tight container. You can store them crispy this way for two days.

Nutritional Information of Okra Pakora or Ladys Finger Snacks

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 160
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 16 g5%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 24 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • ShailaSheshadri profile imageAUTHOR

      ShailaSheshadri 

      4 months ago from Bengaluru

      Thank you. Here, okra is not expensive. We make okra dishes often. Try this recipe during okra season, so that you may get them for lesser price.

    • Margie Lynn profile image

      Margie Lynn 

      4 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

      I love okra! I have not tried it with your spices, so this is a recipe I do want to try when the okra season is here! It is too expensive to buy in the grocery store! Thanks for recipe ShailaSheshadri.

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