5 from 7 votes
Spicy, crispy fried okra and so moreish. Recipe from Summers Under the Tamarind Tree
Crispy Bhindi (Chickpea batter okra) from Summers Under The Tamarind Tree
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
A moreish fried okra recipe: you just can’t make enough! It’s wonderful with a simple daal and basmati rice for a light lunch.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Pakistani
Keyword: Crispy Bhindi
Servings: 6
Calories: 236 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 250 g /9oz gram flour
  • 50 g /1¾oz rice flour or cornflour cornstarch, optional
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry-roasted cumin seeds
  • 50 ml /2 fl oz/scant ¼ cup water
  • 50 g /1¾oz okra washed and dried completely before cutting, top, tailed and cut lengthways into 4 thin strips
  • 250 ml /9 fl oz/1 cup vegetable oil for frying
To garnish
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • ½ lemon
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients (except the okra) together in a large bowl and add the measured water or enough to make a very thick batter.
  2. Dip all the okra into the batter and turn until it is coated. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. When hot, add the okra a piece at a time into the oil and cook until light golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
  3. Serve hot with a sprinkling of chaat masala and a gentle squeeze of lemon juice
Recipe Notes

Recipe and images extracted from Summers Under The Tamarind Tree by Sumayya Usmani, photography by Joanna Yee. Published by Frances Lincoln (£20).

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Bhindi (Chickpea batter okra) from Summers Under The Tamarind Tree
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 421mg18%
Potassium 408mg12%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 6.7mg8%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.