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bharwan bhindi: bharwan bhindi recipe, stuffed okra

bharwan bhindi or stuffed okra recipe. in hindi bharwan means stuffed and bhindi means okra. so in english the recipe translates to stuffed okra…. easy?

this is a no onion-garlic recipe. it is just the spices, okra, salt and oil. thats it….. an easy bhindi recipe. but remember, rinsing, drying and then stuffing the bhindi (okra) does take time.

the spices i use for the bharwan bhindi are the similar with the bhindi do pyaaza that i make. adding dry mango powder makes the okra tangy and sour.

also this is not a spicy bharwan bhindi as i have used red chili powder in moderation. plus the other spice powders like coriander, cumin and turmeric also contribute their flavors and tastes.

there is also no garam masala powder added here. but if you want a little more spiced and aromatic bharwan bhindi, you can add a little garam masala powder.

bharwan bhindi makes for an excellent side veggie dish with rotis and dal. bharwan bhindi can also be served as starters. at home i make this with rotis and curd or dal-rice.

summers are here and i most of the times go for light veggie dishes and yogurt curries or thin dals. this is one such light dish. few more stuffed veggie recipes on the blog are bharwan karelabharwan shimla mirch and bharwan tendli.

step by step stuffed okra or bharwan bhindi recipe:

1: wash 500 gram whole bhindi/okra in water, drain and then wipe them dry with a kitchen towel. keep aside.

okra or bhindi

2: take all the dry masala powders in a bowl – 1 tbsp dry mango powder/amchur, 2 tbsp coriander powder/dhania powder, 1 tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp cumin powder/jeera powder.

add salt and mix all the entire dry masala together. keep aside. 

masala for bharwan bhindi

3: trim the head and the base of the bhindis. with a knife give a slit on the bhindi without breaking it in to two parts. the whole bhindi (okra) should be intact. stuff the masala in the bhindi one by one with a small spoon or with your hands

bharwan bhindi with the masala

4: heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a kadai or wok. add the stuffed bhindi to the oil. gently stir. if any masala remains you can add it to the bhindi. you don’t need to cover the kadai. let the bhindi cook on a low flame. we don’t want the masala to burn hence the bhindi needs to be cooked on a low flame. ensure that you check the bhindi in between and also give a nice stir a few times.

bharwan bhindi being cooked

5: once well cooked, serve the bharwan bhindi with rotis and yogurt or raita. bharwan bhindi also goes well with a combination of dal and rice. simple indian home food. you can garnish the bharwan bhindi with coriander leaves. i have shown the mint leaves only for photographic purpose.

bharwan bhindi recipe or stuffed okra

if you are looking for more bhindi recipes then do check bhindi bhajibhindi do pyazaaloo bhindikurkuri bhindi and mergol de quiabos – goan style bhindi.

stuffed okra or bharwan bhindi recipe below:

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bharwan bhindi recipe – stuffed okra recipe
CUISINE: indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
main ingredients:
  • 500 gm okra/bhindi
  • 2-3 tbsp oil
masala stuffing ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp dry mango powder/amchur
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder/lal mirch powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder/haldi
  • 1 tsp cumin powder/jeera powder
  • salt or black salt or rock salt
  1. wash, wipe dry and trim the both the ends of the bhindi (okra).
  2. slit each bhindi vertically without breaking or cutting into two halves.
  3. combine all the spice powder ingredients in a bowl with salt. mix well.
  4. fill each bhindi with the spice mixture.
  5. heat oil in a kadai/wok.
  6. add the stuffed bhindi and cook on low heat till done.
  7. serve bharwan bhindi hot with chapatis.
few tips for bharwan bhindi recipe:

1. there should be no trace of water on the bhindi (okra). hence we dry them with a kitchen napkin. if there is water or water droplets than the bhindi become slimy. this bharwan bhindi dish is not at all slimy or gooey. it is dry dish with the okra succulently cooked absorbing all the flavors of the spices.

2. use fresh spice powders and not outdated or stale ones. better to use home made spice powders.

3. you can always add more salt or any spice powder later if you feel any of it is less.

4. for a more tangy and sour taste increase the quantity of mango powder by ¼ to ½ tbsp or more

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  1. Aisha kazi says

    Barwa Bhindi recipe by Dassana Amit published on24 Jan 2015 was Awesome, very simple n accurate ,specially the pictures made it even more precise , it really ended my search for bharwa bhindi that i wanted to make, Thank you Dassana.

  2. Deepti Hingorani says

    Hi amit..tried this bharwa bhindi receipe of yours ystdy. I really appreciate the way you explain everything with pictures.. Things become very simple to understand. the proportion of all the spices went on very well.. Bt only if problem was that my bhindi became soggy at the end..
    I did make sure that I dried the bhindis properly bt dnt knw y it became soggy..
    Can u suggest anything in this regard.

    • says

      thanks deepti for your kind words. the bhindi has to be fried in medium hot oil. then the fried bhindi will not be soggy. if you fry at a low temperature then the bhindi will absorb more oil and become soggy.

  3. Sukshima karkera says

    Thanks a lot . Always wanted to know how to do Bhagwan bhindi. Will try it. I am sure everybody in my house will like it

  4. says

    Love that masala for stuffing.. i should make this for hubbs when we get some okra next.. okra isnt locally available, so its a once in a while event:)
    I see you found the award that i passed on to you. :) Keep whipping up these fun recipes!