Bharwan Bhindi | Stuffed Okra (Step-by-step Recipe)

by Rachna
bharwa bhindi recipe

Bhindi or okra is a favourite vegetable in my home. My kids love them. I often make a simple stir fry with spices that we relish with rotis and dal. This bharwa bhindi takes more time to make as each okra has to be individually filled. You can keep the okra whole or slit them into half. Slitting them into half help reduce the cooking time.

bharwan bhindi recipe

How to cook bhindi or okra so that they are not slimy?

This is a question all beginner cooks have grappled with. There are two methods which help keep your okra nice and slime free:

1. Keep it dry: Your okra should be absolutely dry when you start cooking with it, no matter which style of cooking you do. This helps in keeping your bhindi slime free.

2. Using something sour: Using tamarind, mango powder, tomatoes, lime juice or any other souring agent is a great way to further reduce the slime. Hence you will find that most recipes involving bhindi use them.

You can try this absolutely delightful kurkuri bhindi recipe too.

Here’s how to make bharwa bhindi or stuffed okra:

Ingredients:

15 okra or bhindi

For the spice mix:

1 tbsp. coriander powder

1 tsp. cumin powder

½ tbsp. dry mango powder

1 tsp. paprika or Kashmiri red chilli powder

½ tsp. pepper powder

½ tsp. turmeric powder

1 tsp. fennel powder

½ tsp. salt or as per taste

For shallow frying

2-3 tbsp. oil

Recipe:

1. Wash bhindi 2-3 times in water. Drain in a colander and then dry with a cloth towel till completely dry. You can also leave them to airdry for about 15 to 30 minutes.

2. Snip off the cap of the okra. Now make a slit right through the bhindi till the base ensuring that the slit does not cut the bhindi into half.

3. Do this for all the bhindi and keep aside.

4. Now take all the spices and mix them together.

5. Now gently open the slit of the bhindi and fill with the spice mix.

bharwan bhindi recipe

6. Do this for all the bhindis and keep aside.

7. Heat oil in a flat pan. Now keep the flame low and spread out the bhindis carefully so that they are in a single row.

bharwa bhindi recipe

8. Cook for 3 minutes on one side and then gently turn them ensuring that you don’t overlap bhindi.

9. Repeat this till the bhindi are tender and cooked through. Serve bharwan bhindi as a side to a meal or even as a snack.

bharwan bhindi recipe

Pro Tips:

1. Ensure that bhindi are completely dry before you use them.

2. You can vary the quantity of pepper powder or not use it if you don’t want your bhindi to be too hot.

3. If any spice mix is left over just sprinkle it on top of the bhindis cooking.

4. Once the bhindis are done, taste and if low on salt, sprinkle some on top. You could also sprinkle some chaat masala to add some tang.

5. I often cut my bhindis into half and then stuff them. This was the cooking time reduces. Otherwise, the bhindis take about 15-20 minutes to completely cook on low heat.

6. While stuffing the bhindi do also check for worms.

7. You could also use 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds powder or even peanut powder to add another layer of flavour to the spice mix. Some people use coconut powder as well.

Your bharwan bhindi is ready to serve either as a side or as a tasty snack. Enjoy.

bharwa bhindi recipe
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Bharwan Bhindi Recipe | Stuffed Okra

This bharwan bhindi recipe is very tasty and easy to make. Try this easy side dish made with okra.

Course Appetizer/Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, North Indian | Uttar Pradesh | Punjabi
Keyword bharwa bhindi, bharwan bhindi recipe
recipe bharwan bhindi recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 113 kcal
Author Rachna Parmar

Ingredients

  • 15 okra or bhindi

For the spice mix:

  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • ½ tbsp. dry mango powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika or Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp. pepper powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. fennel powder
  • ½ tsp. salt or as per taste

For shallow frying

  • 2-3 tbsp. oil

Instructions

  1. Wash bhindi 2-3 times in water. Drain in a colander and then dry with a cloth towel till completely dry. You can also leave them to airdry for about 15 to 30 minutes.
  2. Snip off the cap of the okra. Now make a slit right through the bhindi till the base ensuring that the slit does not cut the bhindi into half.
  3. Do this for all the bhindi and keep aside.
  4. Now take all the spices and mix them together.
  5. Now gently open the slit of the bhindi and fill with the spice mix.
  6. Do this for all the bhindis and keep aside.
  7. Heat oil in a flat pan. Now keep the flame low and spread out the bhindis carefully so that they are in a single row.
  8. Cook for 3 minutes on one side and then gently turn them ensuring that you don’t overlap bhindi.
  9. Repeat this till the bhindi are tender and cooked through. Serve bharwan bhindi as a side to a meal or even as a snack.

Recipe Notes

1. Ensure that bhindi are completely dry before you use them.
2. You can vary the quantity of pepper powder or not use it if you don’t want your bhindi to be too hot.
3. If any spice mix is left over just sprinkle it on top of the bhindis cooking.
4. Once the bhindis are done, taste and if low on salt, sprinkle some on top. You could also sprinkle some chaat masala to add some tang.
5. I often cut my bhindis into half and then stuff them. This was the cooking time reduces. Otherwise, the bhindis take about 15-20 minutes to completely cook on low heat.
6. While stuffing the bhindi do also check for worms.
7. You could also use 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds powder or even peanut powder to add another layer of flavour to the spice mix. Some people use coconut powder as well.
8. You could double the recipe ingredients for a larger batch.

Nutrition Facts
Bharwan Bhindi Recipe | Stuffed Okra
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 254mg11%
Potassium 399mg11%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1417IU28%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Damyanti May 8, 2020 - 9:32 pm

5 stars
This is one of my favourites!

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