okra bhaji with sauce
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Okra Bhajis

These okra bhajis are a wonderful starter or just a little snack, so easy to make and also gluten-free.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetiser, Snack
Cuisine: Mauritian
Keyword: bhajis, okra, okra recipes
Servings: 10 - 12 bhajis
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Teenuja Dahari - veganlovlie.com


  • 10-12 small okras leave them whole, leave the top parts on
  • Water for boiling


  • 200 g chickpea flour gram flour
  • 125 ml water adjust as required
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • Spring onions 5-6 stalks depending on the variety, adjust to taste, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil as needed for deep frying

Dipping Sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon plum sauce or sweet and sour sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional
  • Pinch salt
  • 4-5 tablespoons water


  • Allow water to reach boiling point in a pan. Then put okras in.
  • Boil okras for 3 minutes until half cooked. Don’t allow them to turn soggy (watch them if you have very tender okras, they might need less time).
  • Remove from water, set aside.
  • Mix all batter ingredients together in a large bowl. I’ve put the amount of water to be 125 ml, adjust quantity to obtain a quite thick consistency.
  • Note: the amount of water required to make a thick batter will depend on the amount of the other ingredients you are adding as well.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan on medium.
  • Dip okras one by one in batter. Using a tablespoon, coat 1 okra at a time with batter. Spoon out the okra and drop in hot oil.
  • Fry a few at a time (how many fit in the pan without them sticking to each other).
  • When golden, remove from oil.
  • Place on absorbent paper to remove excess oil.
  • For the dipping sauce, combine all ingredients together.
  • Serve hot.


Calories per bhaji is an approximation and have been calculated by inserting all ingredients in a recipe analyser. Oil absorbed during deep frying has been estimated at 1 teaspoon per bhaji after draining on absorbant paper. You can calculate the amount of oil that is absorbed during frying by measuring the oil before and after frying. Then divide the difference among the number of bhajis. The dipping sauce has also been taken into account in the calories.
Link to Okra Bhajis recipe - https://veganlovlie.com/okra-bhajis/