Ladies’ finger dry fry in microwave/ microwaved okra/ bendekai

This is the easiest way of making okra/ lady’s finger palya/ subzi if you have a microwave oven!  I learnt it from my sister recently which is actually her friend’s recipe. Usually I feel making okra palya needs little attention than other stirfries. Should avoid water content in it and requires more oil too. Otherwise, it turns sticky & we end up having burnt pan to wash. It takes just 15 minutes if you are preparing for 2. This makes a perfect combination with rasam & rice or with roti/ chapathi.

I need not mention about the goodness of okras/ ladies’/ lady’s finger, as it is known to be one healthy & tasty vegetable. Fried okras are loved by many! Look for my recipe of Okra raita.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2
Okras/ tender ladies’ fingers – 15-18
Salt – ¼ tsp, adjust to taste (needs very less)
Red chilli powder – ¼ tsp – ½ tsp
Oil – 2 tsp

  • Wash okras/ bendekais as usual.
  • Chop/ cut into desired shape, suggested slicing into rounds or also you can slit them lengthwise.
  • Spread chopped vegetables on a microwave compatible bowl/ baking tray.
  • Sprinkle salt, chilli powder and oil on top.
  • Microwave heat it for 15 minutes (not convection mode).
  • Check in between and sauté once just to mix salt and chilli once.
  • Once done, take out and serve with rice/ chapathi.
  • You can do optional seasoning/ tadka on top.

  • Time for heating varies from oven to oven. So keep monitoring when doing for the first time.
  • If you feel like little more cooking needed, then heat for 2-3 minutes more.
  • Take care, as it chars/ burns fast.
  • These microwaved okras can be used in raitas or other dishes where frying required.
  • Take care while adding salt as it requires very less (ladies’ finger shrinks on heating)