Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Benda Bajo (Okra/ Lady's Finger Fritters)

Benda Bajo is a simple deep fried treat. In Konkani, benda bajo means okra fritters. I got this recipe from a cook book written by Jaya V Shenoy. This recipe is slightly different from the fritters we normally do using cauliflower, capsicum etc. I liked the idea of adding cilantro and cashew nuts. Hence gave it a try and they turned out very good. 

My mother used to make these fritters with slight variations. Sometimes the okras bought from the market would be little tough and chewy. Such okras cannot be used to make stir fries or gravies. But the fritters turn out very good. 


  • Okra/ Lady's Finger- 15
  • Chickpea Flour (Besan)- 1/2 cup
  • Cashewnut (or peanut)- 1/4 cup
  • Cilantro (coriander leaves)- 7-8 sprigs
  • Red Chilli powder*- To taste
  • Salt- To taste
  • Oil- For deep frying
*Original recipe called for green chillies.


Wash the okras and pat them dry. Then chop off  both the ends of each okra and cut them into thin discs. Chop the cilantro finely.

Now in a bowl, add chickpea flour, roughly chopped cashews, red chilli powder and salt.

Add water in small amounts and mix vigorously so as to get a thick lump free paste.

Then add the chopped cilantro and thin discs of okra.

Mix it gently such that every disc gets an even coating of the prepared paste. Meanwhile keep the oil for heating.

Once the oil is hot, drop the okra in small clusters (don't over crowd the oil). Fry it until it turns golden- brown and crispy on both sides.

Once done, transfer it on a paper towel to drain excess oil. Continue frying the rest of the batches. Benda Bajo is ready!!

Serve it hot as a side dish to rice. Above measurement serves 2-3 people.

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