Bhindi Zunka (Okra cooked with chickpea flour and spices) Vegan, glutenfree. and more Liebster love

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Okra is one of those gooey vegetables, that can easily put me off. Though hubbs is an avid fan, he does not like the gooeyness too. I try to make it as slime free as possible. There is always an option of deep frying it, but I dont really deep fry anything unless really needed.

My earlier post a simple Crisp Okra with indian pickle spices(Achcari Bhindi) was a big hit. The achari bhindi was a crisp okra pan fried with some sweet and sour spices.

This dish is okra(Bhindi) with Zunka. Zunka is a spicy Chickpea flour preparation, usually made in Maharashtra state in India and served with Bhakri, a hard flat bread made of Sorghum, millet, wheat and other grain combinations. Zunka is usually made of roasted chickpea flour, cooked in some spices like Ajwain(carom seeds) or fennel seeds(saunf) and onions and/or tomatoes.
Fresh or frozen Okra can usually be found at Indian stores or Asian supermarkets. frozen okra gets gooeyer, but can be crisped up with longer cooking time in open pan.

  • 3 Tablespoons chickpea flour (besan)
  • 2 cups chopped okra
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • pinch of asofetida(hing - optional, it helps add a garlicky flavor and helps with digestion)
  • 2/3 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes or red chili powder to taste
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  1. In a pan, dry roast the chickpea flour on low-medium heat stirring every 15-30 seconds till it gives out an aroma or starts to change to a deeper color(5-7 minutes). 
  2. Keep the chickpea flour aside. Add oil to the pan and heat on medium heat.
  3. Add in the asofetida, cumin and coriander powders and fennel seeds and mix well for a few seconds.
  4. Add in the turmeric and chili flakes and mix well.
  5. Add in the okra and mix well to coat. Cook partially covered on low-medium heat for 10 minutes. 
  6. Add half the salt and mix well and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes till okra is tender crisp done. If the okra is too slimy, cook uncovered for a bit longer. 
  7. Add in the roasted chickpea flour, a Tablespoon at a time, and a little more salt and mix well to coat okra. Sprinkle a few drops of water to help the chickpea flour stick to the okra(you might not need water if the okra is still gooey).
  8. Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 15 seconds till the chickpea flour is clumpy and sticking to okra pieces and not dry. Adjust salt and spice if needed, mix and take off heat. You can add more chickpea flour to make a really crusty okra which makes for a fun snack.
  9. Serve hot topped with chopped cilantro leaves or crushed roasted peanuts, with Roti/Naan or any Indian flat bread, and daal(lentil soup). or eat as is, as a snack!
  10. For variations: Add some chopped onion, cook for 2 minutes and then add okra. Use other spices like Ajwain(carom seeds) or mustard seeds. Add dried herbs like Oregano or Kasuri methi(fenugreek leaves) along wit the chickpea flour.

After the Liebster post earlier, I got another Liebster from Lacey at Mon petit chou, Hibou
And though I covered a bunch of my new friends on my previous liebster post.. i missed a few.. I'd love to pass some love on to
Ashlae at OhLadyCakes
Jen at TheRAVegan


  1. Okra can be quite sticky and off putting for some, but coated in crip besan flour it is transformed into something really delicious.

  2. Thank you Shaheen.

    Thanks for the bookmark Krithi!

  3. I'm a big fan of okra - once it's cooked really well and loses the stickiness. I love the added chickpea flour and spices - I'll definitely try this!

  4. this okra looks amazing! we rarely see it fresh at the grocers around here, but i know where i can find it frozen. that might lead to mega goo, but i'm going to give a try!

    and thankyou richa for the blog love! xo

  5. Thanks for the blog love! I'm the only one here who will eat okra but this looks fabulous!!

  6. awesome dish...absolutely mouthwatering recipe..;P
    Tasty Appetite

  7. This has been one of my most fav okra recipes which i have long forgotten, thanks for the beautiful reminder :)

  8. interesting and delicious way of doing okra ......

  9. Thank you Jesse and Jess. Do let me know when u try it!

    Thanks Neha.

    thanks Jen.

  10. Thanks Jay, Aipi and Kalyani! have an amazing day!

  11. Bhindi! I never knew what it was before. This is fascinating. Not sure I want to eat it. Looks kind of tempting in a "Want to try but not sure" way. I've never had okra so I'd have to try it. Always wanted to try it. Next time its in season I'll get some! I love how you make me think of food in a totally different light. Hope all is well & your visit is great. Love!

  12. cool! I add a little youghurt (1 spoon) and grated ginger to it as well.

  13. I recently discovered your blog. It's a treat to my soul. I'm so happy to see so many vegan sweets of India.

    Thank again!

  14. I love okra, but I've never cooked with it myself. This will definitely be added to my must-make list!

  15. Thanks savannah.. u should give okra a try.. no worries if u dont like it:)

    Thanks Arati.. i'll try it with some soy yogurt!

    Thanks Kumudha! hope u try some!

    Thanks Bobbie. let me know when u do!!

  16. Richa, tried ur recipe.. check out..

  17. Thats awesome Krithi! Thanks for making it! looks like u all loved it!

  18. Fantastic! I always cook okra the same way (stewed with tomatoes and onions + curry powder) so this sounds like a tasty change of pace.

  19. I don't like okra but something like that stir fried .. i would love!

  20. This looks so incredibly delicious. And I am going to try my hardest to make it tomorrow night.

    Also, thank you for your sweet words - they always make my day!

  21. Great use for chickpea flour! I make karentika with my chickpea flour and that's pretty much it. I look forward to having another use for it.

  22. Thanks Hannah.. theres a couple more ways i make okra!

    Thanks Kankana.. i hear u..

  23. Thanks for the Liebster Scissors and spice! xoxo

    Thanks Ashlae! i love love yr creations!

    Thanks Elsa.. hope u like it!

  24. Mmmm... I love okras! Never thought of making it using chickpea flour. That looks yummy :)

    Kiran @

  25. This looks delicious. I have never eaten or cooked with okra before, but I love what you have done with it here. Thank you for sharing this very interesting post with the Gallery of Favorites.

  26. Made this tonight for an appetizer, it turned out delicious! Thanks for the recipe!!

  27. Thank you for trying it Never three much! am so glad u all liked it!

  28. Is there another type of flour you could use?

    1. any other bean or pea flour should work. or maybe oat flour

  29. Everyone in my family loves bhindi/okra, esp the kids. I'm trying out this recipe for lunch today coz it sounds so yumm :)

  30. another great recipe! Thanks, Richa!

  31. Another great recipe! Thanks, Richa!


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