Crispy & Spicy Okra / Ladies finger and Mathematics

16 May

Ladies finger is also called as Okra or Bhindi or Vendaikai. It has got even different names in other countries. It has been long time since I made this dish. Try this dish with someone who hates to eat this vegetable, they can became fan of it. Crispy and juicy taste of okra may attract even children. As everyone in my home liked it so much, I had to make two batches one after the other from scratch.

A Story of Okra and me—Some incidents are unforgettable even though we have crossed so many years. I still remember my school days paintings with vegetables. The teacher asked the children to  draw some shapes using the vegetables as a homework. My Mother is very creative and she has lots of interest in Embroidery ,Handicrafts and artworks.  She helped me in collecting Onion, Potato ,Tomato and this okra . We did painting by dipping the cut vegetable (horizontally  or vertically)with colors and then to the paper to make colored vegetable shapes. I liked okra shapes than other veggies. May be this is the reason, I get remembered of this when I see this vegetable.

Ladies finger and Mathematics In India Grandparents, Parents and elders say that, children and students can be good in mathematics when they consume ladies finger(okra). Though this veggie contains good amount of nutrients, I do not know how much of this story is scientifically true?


  1. Okra(Ladies Finger) – 250 gm
  2. Oil – 5 Tsp
  3. Chilli Powder – 1/4 Tsp
  4. Pepper – 1/4 Tsp
  5. Corn starch – 2 Tsp
  6. Rice Flour – 3 Tsp
  7. Salt for taste


1. Wash the vegetable and then cut both the ends and make a long slit in the middle without separating into 2 pieces.

2. Mix all the ingredients together with okra except the oil. Sprinkle few drops of  water such that the masala stick with the okra.

3. Heat a pan, add little  oil and arrange the okras one by one. Shallow fry the okras for 5 minutes by turning to the sides. Fry in batches.

Tip: If you are not diet conscious okras can be also deep fried to become more crisp .


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  1. Suman

    May 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    WOW…love okra/bhindi…my fav veggie…can hv everyday of week….that looks tempting…and about that myth even I have heard this several times…dunno how much truth in it…:)

  2. love2cook

    May 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    OMG, okra is pulling me over!!! Looks sooooooo delicious dear…but I can’t take them right now due to my gastric 🙁

  3. Manju Rajender

    May 17, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I too prepared something similar but definitely urs look perfect and tasty than mine 🙂 Will post soon.

  4. Sushma Mallya

    May 17, 2010 at 1:36 am

    simple and delicious one

  5. Priya

    May 17, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Sridevi, even i did the same paintings with okras, one of my favourite veggie.. fortunately we get them even here very fresh…Spicy okras tempts me a lot..I just love these sort of crispy okras..

  6. Padhu

    May 17, 2010 at 4:20 am

    My favorite veggies .Looks so yummy!! Can’t wait to try this

  7. Hema

    May 17, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Love the spicy okra. By the way the poem by your daughter is fantastic..Good Work…

  8. Malar Gandhi

    May 17, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Wow, I liked ur Mom’s creative work…reminds my own school crafts as well…

    Lovely Bhindi masala. I am sure every family says this story of maths and okra, right. But there are several countries…where they don’t have okra/eat okras, but still good in maths.

  9. shriya

    May 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Love okra any time. This is some yummy recipe . Looks delicious..

  10. uma

    May 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    corn flour would make okra so crispy! thanks for sharing!

  11. SathyaSridhar

    May 18, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Okra fry looks super crispy n healthy side. Even my amma also say the same story if i have lot of okras then i will be good in mathematics but that time i hate okras cos of gooey texture. now i like okras but cldnt find it in market hv to go far.