This baked okra fries recipe is inspired by a chain of trendy Indian restaurants called Dishoom in London. They tasted so good when I ordered them that I decided to try and make them myself. The Dishoom okra fries are covered in batter and fried like bhajis. I wanted to make a healthy version. It didn’t seem right frying a super healthy vegetable like okra.
For this recipe, I have baked the okra fries. These crispy baked okra fries are covered in a spicy Indian batter made with gram (chickpea) flour. This is a vegan and gluten-free friendly recipe. I love chips/fries and get super excited when I discover a recipe like this that feels naughty but is totally guilt free.
Okra is a bit of a secret super food with lots of health benefits such as helping with weight loss, controlling cholesterol and improving the digestive system. Finding good okra recipes can be tricky. Check out my okra and potato recipe for more inspiration on alternative ways to cook this vegetable. It is regularly used in Indian cooking and I grew up eating them. Okra is also known as lady fingers and called bhinda in India.
The baked fries can easily stick to the greaseproof paper. Turn them halfway through the cooking time to avoid this from happening. If you have leftover batter, try making some baked fries with any other vegetables you might have to hand. Onions, chillies and potato all work well.
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Spicy baked okra fries – Indian style
Yield 2-4 people
Healthy and crispy baked okra fries. These Indian style baked okra chips make a great guilt-free vegan and gluten-free snack or side.
- 200g okra, trimmed and sliced in half
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
- thumb-sized root of ginger, peeled and minced
- 100g besan/ chickpea/ gram flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons of red chilli powder
- 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
- 150ml lukewarm water
- Preheat the oven to 200°c/400°f.
- Wash the okra and dry with a clean kitchen towel. Trim the top and slice in half lengthways.
- Peel the garlic and ginger and mince in a chopper into a fine paste.
- Mix the flour, salt, black pepper, chilli powder, garlic, ginger and oil into a large bowl.
- Add the warm water to the flour mixture in stages and whisk together to form a smooth paste. Taste and add salt and chilli powder as required.
- Add the sliced okra to the batter and ensure they are completely covered.
- Cover a baking tray with greaseproof paper and layout the coated okra as a single layer.
- Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown and crispy.
- Serve immediately warm.
Courses side, starter, snack