Spicy Baked Okra (Ladyfinger)

Spicy Baked Okra (Ladyfinger)

Okra or lady finger as we call it here in India brings back deep memories embedded in my mind. It takes me back to the time when I travelled with my 40 day old baby to my parental home for post natal care, where I was nurtured and cocooned in the comfort of my parents home. It so happened that part of this nurturing involved eating okra every single day for the many weeks that followed thereafter. Supposed to be good for the new mother and the baby, they were part of my lunch, every single day! Naturally, due to over indulgence, I couldnt look at these innocent vegetables for a good couple of years! And this meant that my dear husband had to go without his favourite vegetable for a really long time! My aversion to okra or lady finger seems to have finally disappeared and I find myself cooking it often in different styles and methods. I have come across many people who dislike okras and more often than not it is due to improper cooking methods, making it slimy and unpalatable. Cooked in the right way, okras can be one of the most delicious vegetables. They are often deep fried to get a crispy external texture, but like me if you are not very fond of deep frying then you will love this alternate way of cooking them. This was also one of the dishes featured in the TV show I did in 2012. Many of you have asked for this recipe and this one is for all of you! You could serve this as a starter or as a side dish to a main meal. Hope you all love this as much as I enjoyed making and eating it today!  

Spicy Baked Okra (Ladyfinger) Recipe

Choose tender young okras for this dish. Keep in mind that the cooking time can vary based on the size of the okras.


250 gm (15 to 20) okra or lady finger 1 tsp coriander (dhaniya) powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1/2 tsp red chili powder 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp raw mango (amchur) powder 1 tsp salt 2 to 3 tbsp oil 4 to 5 tsp chickpea (besan) flour chaat masala


Wash and pat dry the okra pieces. Ensure it is completely dry. Slit the top portion of the okra without splitting into two halves, with the base of the okra intact. In a bowl put in the spices, the coriander, cumin, red chili, turmeric, raw mango powders, the salt and the oil and give it a good mix. Rub this spice mix all over the okra. Sprinkle with the chickpea flour and toss once again. Place the prepared okras in the middle rack of an oven and bake at 200 C/400 F for about 15 minutes, until the okras acquire a crispy skin. Sprinkle with chaat masala and serve.   Serves 4 or less 🙂

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21 thoughts on “Spicy Baked Okra (Ladyfinger)

  1. My mom makes a very similar style of spicy okra except that she deep fries it. I love that this version is healthier. Will surely give it a try.

  2. Anushruti,
    I'm see this at 6.50 in the morning and my mouth waters 🙂 I love baking with Okra, especially thinly slicing them and baking them to a crisp, perfect for adding to raitas and Mor Kozhambu! I'm going to try your method soon.

  3. Never thought of baking them. Great idea. Will try it out sometime. We don't get fresh okra in supermarkets where I live in Europe. I have to travel bit to buy them from the Indian store. But everyone in my family loves it so we don't mind!

  4. Hi,this afternoon I had thinly slice okra deep fry. Yummy, but I will surely try the bake one , not oily thanks

  5. Nandita: That sounds like a great idea…I remember reading it in your blog.

    Shruti: I think this dish is worth the travel! I hope you make it for your family.

  6. Anu, I am so excited to get this recipe, just can't tell you how much! 🙂 Thanks so much! I know, like me, many had requested you for this one.. and one of the main reasons for that is, cute little Hari who, so sweetly took a second serving in the Foodie show! 🙂

  7. Hey Anu,

    Its as if you overheard hubby's and my conversation yest evening…
    I make Green Big Chillies with this kinda masala and i shallow fry the same…
    He jus loves that and jus yest he said can you try something as well with this type of a masala….

    Today in the divinetaste feeds i had this mail onto my inbox….Godsent!!! 🙂

    Thanks sooo much…we bought okra yest and needless to say this is goin to be the recipe of the week


  8. Ashwini: That's quite exciting to know. Thanks!

    Bhavana: I'm amazed with your interest in cooking up delicacies for your family!

    Shoba: We get both varieties here!

  9. What a unique preparation for okra/ladyfingers…I've never, ever seen them baked in the blogosphere (and I've seen so many preparations for them). And the ladyfingers themselves look so elegant, elongated…

  10. I made this today and liked it so much! This will be a regular dish on my table from now on.. no hassle of chopping okras and so quick and easy to make.. One of the best ways to savour okras.. 🙂

  11. Hi, made this today… tasted quite nice, but only thing, wasnt crispy. U think I did something wrong…? Only thing that I can think of is that, I didn't put th okras immediately in the oven after adding th spice mix, but let them marinate in th spice mix for a few hours .. U think, this could be the reason for softness in the okras?

  12. Anushruthi…. A big hi from Sowmya. I am a food blogger too. You have a great space and I enjoyed watching your stuffed Brinjal Dum Biriyani…. Will try it soon and give you the feedback.

  13. I tried this. Must say I couldn't resist eating more. Along with curd rice, its a winning combo. Mine took 25 minutes and I baked it at 210 degrees. I guess the time and temperature depends on how fresh the okras are.

  14. I'm glad to have found this recipe – it's great. I wouldn't say the okra ever got crispy but it was really good. I didn't have chaat masala to sprinkle on at the end and it was still delicious.

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