Fat Free Okra Fries

Fat Free Okra Chips

Priya has been a very enthusiastic participant in all my egg substitute events month after month. I think she has sent at least 30 entries so far. I can never match her contribution but I wanted to send at least one or two for her events.

This month she is hosting the Microwave Easy Cooking – Snack event. I really don’t use the microwave oven that much. I heat water and I cook papads in it because we don’t deep fry it. Initially the microwaved papads didn’t suit my taste (being so used to the deep fried ones) but now have got used to it. Another little trick is I spray the appalam or the finger chips using non stick spray and then cook it for a minute in the microwave oven. This tastes really good.

I didn’t know what to send for her event. Then only I remembered my mom preparing okra (ladies’ finger in India) fries in the microwave oven. The original recipe is my grandmother’s but she deep fries it in oil. So I decided to prepare my mom’s version. I have done it with tindora (kovakkai) but not okra.

The only difficult part in this recipe is cutting the okra. You would have to cut a big batch of okra because when cooked the yield is very little. My son was relishing these fries like he would devour potato chips. It’s irresistible for adults as well. I prepared this as side dish for our lunch but we snacked so much that we didn’t have much to have with rice.

One disclaimer though, I don’t know much about microwave oven settings. The time I have given is based on my oven. So try with small increments of time with the first batch, stir it in between and proceed further. Also note that I used 2 pounds of okra, but the measurement is given only for one batch. So use seasonings accordingly.

Who doesn’t like tasty yet fat free and crunchy snacks? If you are one, then you should try this roasted chick peas recipe too the next time. You won’t be disappointed.

Fat Free Okra Fries Recipe

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Fat Free Okra Fries Crispy and fat free okra fries made in the microwave oven.
Ingredients:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Okra, Slit Lengthwise And Then Cut Into 1 Inch Pieces
  • A Pinch Turmerice Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon or As Per Taste Red Chili Powder
  • As Per Taste Salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon Besan (Chickpea Flour)
  • 1/2 – 1 tablespoon Rice Flour
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons Oil (optional)
Procedure:
  1. Wash and dry the okra. Discard the top and bottom of the okra. Cut it lengthwise. Again split each half lengthwise. So you would have 4 finger like pieces. If the okra is big cut the pieces half midway (so 8 pieces from each okra) or use it as it is.
  2. Transfer the okra pieces to a bowl. Add oil (if using) or sprinkle very little water so that the seasonings would stick to the okra.
  3. Then add all the other ingredients and mix it thoroughly with your hand.
  4. Make sure the plate in the microwave is clean and place the seasoned okra on it directly.
  5. First I set the time for 5 minutes. Stirred it and cooked it for another 2 minutes. Be careful while stirring because the plate will be hot. Microwave oven settings vary, so chose the time considering the type of oven you are using.
  6. From then on I increased the time by 30 seconds each time until I got the crispy texture. Don’t forget to stir after every 30 seconds. I did like this thrice. Be alert or else it would get burnt.
  7. Taste it after a standing time of 1 minute. You would be floored by the crispiness. Repeat the same for rest of the okra.
My Notes:
  1. First I did it with oil and then tried it with water. Both taste the same if consumed immediately, but the one with water becomes a little chewy after a while.
  2. I resisted my temptation to chow down everything to see how it fares after sometime. It stays crisp at least for 2 hours but becomes chewy later.
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47 COMMENTS

  1. […] house. I usually prepare the popular South Indian style okra fry, bhindi masala, raitha or these fat-free okra chips. The other day when I opened my fridge to see tender okra, I decided that I didn’t want to […]

  2. Wow – these look yum, looks like a quick dish to make than the subzi. Is it the same concept for low-cal potato chips except for the flour?

    Thanks

  3. […] the microwave oven. My mom first tried this idea years back with okra and we used to gobble her fat-free okra fries. Later I have tried it with eggplant, potato and bitter gourd and all turn out crunchy and tasty. […]

  4. […] Speedy how to love okra. I might start with one of these three beautiful okra dishes: okra fries (microwave recipe), breaded fried okra and okra […]

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  7. Excellent recipe – I was initially apprehensive about the Bhindis turning crisp in the micro- but I just tried a small portion before preparing it for dinner.Thank you so much.. Is there a way we can add onions and masala to this??

    Thanks Anuja. Maybe you can prepare the okra fries first. Then in a small frying pan do some tempering, fry thinly sliced onions with masala of your choice. Switch off the stove once the onion is cooked mix the fries to the masala.

  8. Hi,

    I recently found your website and I visit it atleast once a day. Thank you for the many healthy and easy recipes.

    This one is a very tasty yet healthy recipe for okra. My 10 yr old daughter loves okra and she loved this dish a lot. She had it on 2 days in a row and ate almost all our portions too! and wanted more!! 😀

    Keep up the great work.

    Regards,
    Sujatha.

    Thank you very much Sujatha. My son too ate almost everything.

  9. Just found your site and actually tried these okra fries. They came out really good and were devoured in minutes! Got to make a large batch again, thanks for such a wonderful, easy, savory recipe!

    Thank you very much RK for trying the fries and for taking the time to leave your comment.

  10. Fat free and microwaved – wow! Looks spicy and crunchy. Lovely pictures. How did I miss your blog for so long?! Will be back later to explore more.

    Thanks Vani.

  11. i dont like to use microwave.do u ahve other options to cook

    Hi Vally, you can try roasting it in the oven at 350-375F for a couple of minutes or deep fry it in oil.

  12. Wow okras looks crispy, i used to prepare these crispy okras as deep fries but yet to try this in MW..thanks for preparing these fat free okras Madhu…Thanks a ton for sending to MEC..

  13. This looks really crispy and yum ! I have begun to use the microwave more nowadays and usually make stuff like microwave masala peanuts in it…..

  14. I had no idea u could cook okra in MW LOL this kind I make on the stove. Neat idea. i do not use my MW for cooking.. after hearing all the contoversial views about good & bad of the rays.. i try to minimize the use to bare nescessity.

    Me too Soma. I hardly use MWO. Sometimes for the papads, but if the regular oven is on I bake the papads as well.

  15. That’s really cool and I’ve gotten used to MW vadaams & appalams too and only make them that way. Thanks for the tip about the oven for cooking Papads – comment from Lakshmi. Need to try that – what temp. do you typically use? Thanks.

    Laavanya you can bake it at 350-400F. Actually whenever the oven is on after baking something I bake the papads/finger chips etc using the same temperature. It may take around 5-8 minutes depending on the temp. Just keep an eye on the oven so that it does not brown or burn. But this works for only certain types of papads. I tried few vadams but it did not come out well. But the finger chips you get in Indian stores puffs up beautifully and evenly.

  16. Okra fry looks very nice. I also like you don’t much like the microwave cooked papads/appalams. but for me the oven works better in taste. the papads/appalams come out super in the oven. for vathals a bit of oil spray gives a better spray.

    That’s true Lakshmi. Whenever the oven is on I bake papads in it only. It fries evenly and better than in the microwave oven.

  17. The okra fries look so good Madhu. 😀 😀 – just like the ones I had once in an Indian restaurant in Raleigh. will try it for sure as they are my favorite of all. 😆

    Cheers,
    Siri

  18. We are not okra lovers and though there was a burst of okra recipes on my blog in between, it slowly died down. but really, thanks for the non stick oil spray on MW papads. Dying to try that!

  19. I love okra and this is the only version DH would eat.. I usually do it on stove top..But next time will try it in microwave.. The Okras looks really crispy..

  20. Hi Madhu, I donno about others, but I love okra like anything, Sriram thinks its weird.. hee hee…
    Love your diff version of okra fry.. will def. give it a try as I have a bunch of them in my fridge… 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful recipe as always!

  21. My daughters favorite…she would love them Madhu, I use the Microwave only for reheating and rarely use them for making any dishes. Should give this a try.

  22. Wow.. I deep fry these.. and using microwave seems like a nice easy option. Like you, I dont use the microwave for cooking much.. This may be a good one for me to try. Thanks ! This is awesome.. !

  23. Okra looks very crispy. So its almost the same way we make masala peanuts in MW. But never thought of okra. Thanks for the notes too.

  24. Looks great. I am using MW more now too, but mostly with gravy dishes. Never tried Okra, looks crispy and yummy. Good one! :))

    I will post for you next week at FH, have photos but still need to type in recipes.

  25. Love it Madhu,I too love okra fries.The microwave makes it much easier,thgh timings may vary as you have said.Thanks for the notes as well.They give the correct picture.I am planning to catchup on your older posts that I have missed.

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