Lady's Finger/ Okra Fritters (Benda Bajo)

Lady's Finger/ Okra Fritters (Benda Bajo)

When lady's finger get fully mature, their seeds become hard and they are not very pleasant to eat. They can't be used in sambars or to cook anything else. But they make nice, crispy, crunchy, yummy bhenda bajos. Benda in Konkani means lady's finger, bajo means fritters, pakoras. You can serve these crispy fritters as a tea time snack or as a starter, side dish for lunch, dinner. These delicious fritters are very easy to make and take very little time. Give it a try and let me know how you liked it.

Mature lady's fingers are best suited for making this bajo. Here's why:

Mature lady's finger don't give out its slime, unlike the tender ones. Hence, mature lady's finger makes the perfect fritters. If tender lady's finger are used to make these fritters the batter gets all sticky due to all the slime that's given out. 

Mature lady's finger that are chewy and fibrous get crispy and crunchy on deep frying. That makes these fritters even more better. :-)


10-12 mature lady's finger
2-3 green chillies
3/4 cup gram flour
1 teaspoon red chili powder
Salt to taste
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
Oil for frying
A pinch of asafoetida(optional)

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Preparation Method:

Wash the lady's finger, cloth dry them (so that it doesn't give out its slime) and then chop lady's finger once they are completely dry. Chop them such that the pieces are not very tiny nor too big, pieces should be almost half a centimeter in size. 

Mix the chopped okra with finely chopped onions, finely chopped green chillies. 

In another bowl, mix gram flour, salt, red chili powder and asafoetida powder.

Add lady's finger mixture to the gram flour mix and mix well. 

Add enough water to make the mixture into a dry paste.

Add two teaspoons of hot oil to the mixture and mix well.

Dip your hand in water and take small lumps of the mixture in hand and drop them into the hot oil. You can even dip two spoons in hot oil and make quenelles and drop them in hot oil.

Deep fry them until golden brown on medium heat and serve hot.

Find more fritter (bajo, phodi) recipes here.

Tags: Lady's finger, Okra, Fritters, Bajo, Bhindi, Bhende, side dish, tea time snacks, Konkani recipe, Konkani dish, Konkani cuisine, Udupi cuisine, Mangalore food, Konkani food.