Crispy Air fryer Okra Recipe | Kurkuri Bhindi Recipe (Step-by-step Recipe + video)

by Rachna
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Most of us enjoy a well made Kurkuri bhindi recipe or Indian fried okra with delicious spices. I have also loved bhindi made in this manner but now with growing emphasis on not deep frying food too often, I get the same crispy taste of this Indian style okra by making it in Air fryer. Trust me you cannot tell that it is not deep fried.

kurkuri bhindi without frying

This is my recipe of kurkuri bhindi without frying. Though, if you wish to deep fry, just use the same recipe and instead of air fryer, deep fry it. So why don’t you give it a try?

Ingredients

2 cups or 250 gm. okra or ladyfinger cut in thin slivers

1 tsp. coriander powder

1 tsp. roasted cumin powder

1/2 tsp. black salt

1 tsp. chilly powder

1/2 tsp. black pepper powder optional

1/2 tsp. garam masala powder

1 tsp. amchur powder or dry mango powder

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder

1/2 tsp. carrom seeds or ajwain

Salt to taste

2 heaped tablespoons besan or chickpea flour

1.5 tbsp. oil

Instructions

Wash and dry the okra. Cut them lengthwise into thin slivers and keep aside.

Mix all the dry masalas together along with chickpea flour or besan in a bowl.

Generously pour it over the cut bhindi and mix well to coat all the bhindi.

Now pour the oil on top and mix again.

You will see that the masala has adhered to the bhindi after this marination time.

For Air fryer okra

Preheat your airfryer to 160 C or 320 F for 6 minutes. I have the Philips Airfryer.

Now brush oil on your air fryer basket and put in the marinated okra in it. Air fry for about 8 minutes on 160 degrees. Then increase the temperature to 180 C or 360 F and air fry for about 4-5 minutes till the bhindi are well cooked and crispy brown.

Take them out on a plate and rest for about 2 minutes. Now serve your kurkuri bhindi. They are delightfully crunchy, tasty and guilt free. A perfect spicy Indian okra recipe.

If you don’t have an air fryer, just deep fry in hot oil.

Pro Tips

1. Deep fry in hot oil if you don’t have an Air fryer.

2. Cut okra in thin slivers to ensure fast and even cooking.

3. Vary the masalas as per your taste. Example if you like less heat, skip the cayenne and pepper or reduce their quantities.

4. It is important to cook the okra on lower temperature first so that they are cooked well and then crank up the temperature to brown them.

5. Keep turning the bhindi around in the Air fryer so that all of them get evenly cooked. Also don’t overload your Air fryer or some bhindi will remain undercooked and others will just burn.

kurkuri bhindi without frying

Crispy Air fryer Okra Recipe | Indian Kurkuri Bhindi Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This is an Indian kurkuri bhindi or crispy Air fryer okra recipe with tangy, spices. Goes great as a munchie or side dish in your meal.
4.71 from 17 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Appetizer/Side Dish
Cuisine North Indian | Punjabi, UP | North Indian
Servings 4
Calories 115 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups okra cut in thin slivers or 250 gm.
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp. black salt optional
  • 1 tsp. cayenne or chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper powder optional
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. amchur powder or dry mango powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. carom seeds ajwain optional
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. chickpea flour or besan
  • 1.5 tbsp. oil

Instructions
 

  • Wash and dry the okra. Cut them lengthwise into thin slivers and keep aside.
  • Mix all the dry masalas together along with chickpea flour. Generously pour it over the cut bhindi and mix well to coat all the bhindi. Now pour the oil on top and mix again.
  • You will see that the masala has adhered to the bhindi after this marination time.

For Air fryer okra

  • Preheat your air fryer to 160 C or 320 F for 6 minutes.
  • Now brush oil on your air fryer basket and put in the masala bhindi in it. Air fry for about 8 minutes on 160 C or 320 F. Then increase the temperature to 180 C or 360 F and fry for about 4-5 minutes more till the bhindi are well cooked and crispy brown.
  • Take them out on a plate and rest for about 2 minutes. Now serve your kurkuri bhindi. They are delightfully crunchy, tasty and guilt free.
  • If you don't have an air fryer, just deep fry in hot oil.

Video

Notes

1. Deep fry in hot oil if you don’t have an Air fryer.
2. Cut okra in thin slivers to ensure fast and even cooking.
3. Vary the masalas as per your taste. Example if you like less heat, skip the chilly powder and pepper or reduce their quantities.
4. It is important to cook the bhindi on lower temperature first so that they are cooked well and then crank up the temperature to brown them.
5. Keep turning the bhindi around in the Air fryer so that all of them get evenly cooked.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Air fryer Okra Recipe | Indian Kurkuri Bhindi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 252mg11%
Potassium 329mg9%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 958IU19%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Shilpa Garg -

Ah! I absolutely love bhindi and crispy one is my favorite. My earlier cook introduced me to powdered saunf in bhindi. That hint of saunf tastes yum.

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Rachna -

Oh yes. Saunf is nice too. I don’t add it always though. 🙂

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Shilpa Garg -

Ah! I absolutely love bhindi and crispy one is my favorite. My earlier cook introduced me to powdered saunf in bhindi. That hint of saunf tastes yum.

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Rachna -

Oh yes. Saunf is nice too. I don’t add it always though. 🙂

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Shailaja V -

Love kurkure Bhindi! There’s a restaurant, 1947, that makes this very well 🙂 I have an air fryer at home. Time to dust it off and try this out. 🙂

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Rachna -

Oh haven’t tried that restaurant. You will like this recipe. Really simple. Adjust spices to your taste abs if it’s so easy in airfryer. ?

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Shailaja V -

Love kurkure Bhindi! There’s a restaurant, 1947, that makes this very well 🙂 I have an air fryer at home. Time to dust it off and try this out. 🙂

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Rachna -

Oh haven’t tried that restaurant. You will like this recipe. Really simple. Adjust spices to your taste abs if it’s so easy in airfryer. ?

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Soumya Prasad -

Bhindi is the vegetable I love the most as a non-vegetarian. In a week I prepare it atleast twice for my vegetarian husband. Crispy bhindi has been on my mind for a long time but never got the nerve to make it. I always thought that deep frying the bhindi might make it more soggy.

This recipe sounds good, will try it out soon.

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Rachna -

Bhindi is a favourite in my house as well. Twice a week at me place as well. Fry it at high heat. It won’t be soggy. Some people saute it but it won’t be the same. I hope you enjoy it.

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Soumya Prasad -

Bhindi is the vegetable I love the most as a non-vegetarian. In a week I prepare it atleast twice for my vegetarian husband. Crispy bhindi has been on my mind for a long time but never got the nerve to make it. I always thought that deep frying the bhindi might make it more soggy.

This recipe sounds good, will try it out soon.

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Rachna -

Bhindi is a favourite in my house as well. Twice a week at me place as well. Fry it at high heat. It won’t be soggy. Some people saute it but it won’t be the same. I hope you enjoy it.

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writershilpa -

Wow! I am definitely making this one, Rachna! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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Rachna -

I hope you like it.

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writershilpa -

Wow! I am definitely making this one, Rachna! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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Rachna -

I hope you like it.

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Rajlakshmi -

It didn’t even occur to me that I could cook bhindi in air fryer. Love this recipe.
I will make them when the bhindi prices go down here. Do you know for some reason it’s the most expensive vegetable I have seen here in Sydney.?

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Rachna -

Really? Hehe now that’s something. Maybe you should start growing bhindi. It’s not difficult. ?

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Rajlakshmi -

It didn’t even occur to me that I could cook bhindi in air fryer. Love this recipe.
I will make them when the bhindi prices go down here. Do you know for some reason it’s the most expensive vegetable I have seen here in Sydney.?

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Rachna -

Really? Hehe now that’s something. Maybe you should start growing bhindi. It’s not difficult. ?

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Obsessivemom -

Sounds yum. Bhindi is a favourite with most of us at home but I stick with the chopped variety or the bharwan one because deep frying scares me. I still haven’t wrapped my head around the air fryer.

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Rachna -

Oh, you really should try air fryer. It’s made my life so much easier and healthier. 🙂

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Obsessivemom -

Sounds yum. Bhindi is a favourite with most of us at home but I stick with the chopped variety or the bharwan one because deep frying scares me. I still haven’t wrapped my head around the air fryer.

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Rachna -

Oh, you really should try air fryer. It’s made my life so much easier and healthier. 🙂

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Jyotirmoy Sarkar -

will love to try it coz from last two years i have started to like ladyfinger a lot and this recipe seems quite tasty.

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Rachna -

Good to know. Hope you like the recipe.

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Jyotirmoy Sarkar -

will love to try it coz from last two years i have started to like ladyfinger a lot and this recipe seems quite tasty.

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Rachna -

Good to know. Hope you like the recipe.

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Esha M Dutta -

Will try this one for sure, Rachna. But first, I need to get an air fryer coz I wouldn’t want to use that much oil in deep frying it. 🙂

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Rachna -

😀 Thanks Esha.

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Esha M Dutta -

Will try this one for sure, Rachna. But first, I need to get an air fryer coz I wouldn’t want to use that much oil in deep frying it. 🙂

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Rachna -

😀 Thanks Esha.

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Charu Sharma -

Mine wasn’t crispy though I followed the recipe!

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Rachna -

You can vary the Airfryer time depending upon your kind of Airfryer. Try putting in for some more time while browning. Also eat after keeping outside for 3-5 minutes. That makes it crispy.

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