I love okra and enjoy cooking it in different ways. This is one of my favorites, although due to health concerns in my family we don't have it often. But when the craving comes, this is defineately my favorite alternative to plain fried okra! Family loved and approved!!
In a medium to large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and pepper; stir until well blended.
In a small bowl, whisk together egg, milk and canola oil until well blended. Add to the dry ingredients and beat until batter is well blended.
In a large sauce pan, add oil and heat until a thermometer reaches 375 degrees. Add okra to the batter, stir to combine. Using a spoon, drop by the spoonful into the hot oil- do not over crowd (they will stick together if you do) until lightly browned - (it only takes a few seconds so watch carefully). When brown to your satisfaction, take out with slotted spoon and drain on a plated lined with paper towels.