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Kurkuri Bhindi | Air Fryer Fried Okra

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Kurkuri bhindi is a crispy, battered okra dish. The classic North Indian dish is typically deep-fried, but this version is made in the air fryer. Kurkuri bhindi is a great way to eat okra because this dish makes it crispy, removing any potential sliminess.

Plate of kurkuri bhindi


Ingredients of kurkuri bhindi

Okra – here, it is sliced thinly, quartered, or halved, depending on the size of your okra. I have used both fresh and frozen, and they both work well. Be sure to use “baby okra” if you can find it.

Besan – chickpea (gram) flour, commonly used in bhajiya and other battered dishes

Rice flour – helps give it a crispy texture

Garam masala – the spice blend to get that “Indian” flavor


Lemon Juice


A hand holding a kurkuri bhindi

Kurkuri bhindi is eaten as a shaak. Serve it as a complete meal with flatbread, rice, another shaak, chana dal, and a chutney, such as green chutney or tamarind chutney.

Another way to eat kurkuri bhindi is to treat them like okra fries. Serve them as an appetizer. As a finger food they are great with ketchup or chutney.

Cooking Tips

Kurkuri bhindi
  • For the air fryer, make sure there is room for the okra to crisp up. This amount of okra fits perfectly in our air fryer, which is a 6-quart air fryer. The okra overlapped a bit but was not tightly packed, and as they cooked and lost moisture, they shrunk enough to separate for good airflow and even cooking.
  • If deep frying, be sure to use a neutral, high smoke point oil
  • You can skip the rice flour if you don’t have it. It just helps with the crispiness
  • Cut the okra into quarters or halves, depending on your desired texture. Use larger pieces to have a little chewiness in the middle.
Plate of kurkuri bhindi

Kurkuri Bhindi | Air Fryer Fried Okra

Kurkuri bhindi is a crispy, battered okra dish. The classic North Indian dish is typically deep-fried, but this version is made in the air fryer.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 67 kcal



  • 12 oz okra
  • ¼ cup besan chickpea flour
  • 1 Tbsp rice flour
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder


  • Cut okra into thin strips, either half or quarter the okra.
  • Sprinkle okra with lemon juice and salt, and spray with oil. Mix well.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl. Mix well so the okra is well covered. Let sit for 5 minutes to allow the batter to moisten.
  • Transfer the okra to the air fryer. Do not over-crowd the okra. Spray with oil. Cook at 360°F for 9-12 minutes, stirring halfway through.



To deep fry: use hot oil, 375°F, just like pakora, until golden and crisp. Since they are thin, they cook very fast. Take care not to burn.


Calories: 67kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 304mgPotassium: 332mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 649IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer, fried okra, kurkuri bhindi
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