bharwa bhindi recipe, how to make bharwa bhindi | stuffed bhindi recipe

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bharwa bhindi recipe with step by step photos – delicious and flavorful punjabi recipe of bhindi stuffed with spice powders.  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.

bharwan bhindi: bharwan bhindi recipe, stuffed okra

the spices i use for the bharwa bhindi are the similar with the bhindi do pyaaza that i make. adding dry mango powder (amchur 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.

bharwa bhindi makes for an excellent side veggie dish with rotis and dal. this stuffed 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.

if you are looking for more bhindi recipes then do check:

stuffed bhindi or bharwa bhindi recipe below:

bharwan bhindi recipe, stuffed bhindi recipe
4.5 from 10 votes

bharwan bhindi recipe | stuffed bhindi recipe

bharwa bhindi recipe - delicious and flavorful punjabi recipe of bhindi stuffed with spice powders. 

course side dish
cuisine indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 1 hour
servings 3
rough calories per serving 199 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

main ingredients for bharwa bhindi:

  • 500 grams okra (bhindi)
  • 3 tablespoons oil, add more oil if required

masala stuffing ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon dry mango powder (amchur)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • salt or black salt or rock salt, as required

how to make recipe

preparation for bharwa bhindi recipe:

  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.

making bharwa bhindi recipe:

  1. heat oil in a kadai or wok.

  2. add the stuffed bhindi to the oil. gently stir. if any masala remains you can add it to the bhindi.

  3. you don’t need to cover the kadai. let the bharwa 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. 

  4. remember to check the stuffed bhindi in between and also give a nice stir a few times.

  5. once well cooked, serve bharwa bhindi hot with chapatis.

recipe notes

tips for making 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 then the bhindi become slimy. this bharwa 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 dry mango powder by ¼ to ½ tbsp or more.

how to make stuffed bhindi or bharwa 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, 2 tbsp coriander 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 bharwan 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 stuffed 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. bharwa bhindi also goes well with a combination of dal and rice. simple indian home food. you can garnish the bharwa bhindi with coriander leaves. i have shown the mint leaves only for photographic purpose.

bharwan bhindi recipe or stuffed okra


dassana amit
i started in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.

36 thoughts on “bharwa bhindi recipe, how to make bharwa bhindi | stuffed bhindi recipe

  1. Hello dear
    I have been following your website from quite sometime now… And I find all the recipes absolutely delicious appreciate and love to eat.
    I am not a big fan of cooking all time but during festivals from last more than 1 year I have been taking tips from your recipes. Thanks for keeping us motivated and loved by posting such yummy food.

    • Welcome Tanu. Glad to know that blog is helpful to you. Thanks for your positive feedback.

  2. Mam, Can I add little water to spices and then stuff it into the bhindi .And how it will taste if I add fried onions ,as you mention that no garlic n onion.Please let me know .your all recipes are too good .Thanks

    • kabita, firstly thanks. you can add fried onions. with fried onions bhindi will taste good. you can also add little water in the spices to make a spice paste.

  3. i really luv this recipe. is there any substitute for aamchur powder?

    • you can use lemon juice. just mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (add more as per taste) some lemon juice with the masalas.

  4. Very supup bhindi recipie

  5. Hi D.Amit,
    I have tried a couple of ur recipes like Gulab jamun, palak pakoda. It really tastes awesome. The best part of ur recipe is the step by step photography. It makes cooking simpler for the beginners as well. Thanks a lot. Keep
    posting many more such beautiful
    Creation of urs ?. Take care ?

    • thanks a lot sona. will add more recipes. thanks again.

      • Thanks a lot ?. Awaiting more and more yummy recipes from ur end.

        • sure 🙂

  6. How we can make any bharwa sabzi in microwave ?

    • there was a time i would make bharwan capsicum in microwave. now i don’t do much of microwave cooking. spread some oil on the veggies and mix evenly. stuff the masala or filling in the veggies. place them in a microwave safe bowl or tray. cover with a microwave safe lid. microwave for 3 to 5 minutes. timing will vary on the microwave oven and the microwave power. you can sprinkle some water if you want on the veggies.

  7. Wow it’s so simple receipe n delicious.

    • thanks jyotsana

  8. Bharwa bhindi is really delicious

  9. Very nice recipe. Tried this at home. Came out as just perfect.

    • thanks pallavi for sharing positive feedback.

  10. Nice receive.Thanks.

    • welcome amol

  11. 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.

    • welcome aisha. glad to know that you liked the bharwan bhindi recipe.

  12. 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.

    • 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.

  13. This is osam v simple procedure… I will surely try it..Thanks n keep posting

    • welcome mamta

  14. 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

    • welcome sukshima. glad to know that you found the recipe good.

  15. thanks for the bhindi masala receipe. its tastes awesome

    • welcome neha

  16. Love the masala Bhindi, this very tasty dish which i cook in short period of time.

    • thanks varsha

  17. 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!

    • thanks richa for the award and more recipes going to appear soon…..

  18. Bharwan Bhindi is my fav….I also prepare it the similar way but I do add garam masala to it along with rest of the spices. Sometimes I also add chopped potatoes to this comes out well!

  19. All time favorite..use almost the same spice mix for a quick stuffed okra.

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