Stuffed Okra ( Bharwa Bhindi)

The original recipe had besan in it to hold the masalas while cooking. However, I added 2 tsp oil instead of besan.
Also, the recipe didnt have tomatoes and onion. Hence, you can skip this as well.
I was a bit skeptical doing all the experiments with an authentic dish. However, the end result was indeed delicious.

500 gm bhindi
2 tbsp garam masala or smabhar powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp dry mango powder
salt to taste
2 onion cut into julians.
2 tomato cut into long strips
1 tsp hing
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp ajwain
oil for cooking

Method to cook:

Cut the cap of bhindi and make a deep slit with knife leaving 1 cm from bottom.
Keep all bhindis in a deep pot and add 1 tsp oil. Mix the bhindi well but gently so that they dont break. At the same time, they should be well coated with oil.
Mix all the dry powdered spices and 1 tsp oil. Gently open the slit of bhindi and stuff with the powdered masala stuffing.
Keep aside.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in wide mouth pan. Add hing, mustard seeds, ajwain and cumin seeds .
As it starts spluttering, add onion and cook on high for 3-4 minutes till it turns brown.
Add tomato slices and again cook for 4-5 minutes till tomato becomes soft and you see oil on the side of pan.
Gently slide the stuffed bhindi made above and toss the pan. Sprinkle a pinch of salt evenly. Cover and cook bhindis till you see them changing color. Open the lid. Toss again.
Cook for 10-15 minutes till the masala is well cooked with bhindi.
Serve hot with phulkas.


  1. I made Dahi Bhindi too recently. Will post. Looks yum!

  2. Hi Soma wish you a very happy new year. The bhindi looks awesome. I can smell it here...

  3. Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year Soma.. :)
    i usualy make okra fry..but this is nwe to me...this looks delicious.. :)

  4. wow!!my fav veggie..Love it..looks awesome.:)

  5. Nice step by step presentation, looks delicious :)

  6. I like this bhindi fry quite a lot :-) Looks wonderful..Happy New Year Soma !!!

  7. looks spicy and like to have with chapathi

  8. This is cool, soma...coz we ve also planned for a kerala trip by road. We are planning to visit just wayanad, b'lore n mysore..U ll really enjoy when u travel by road..We are goin to stay in resort cottage there...The best places to c in kerala are munnar, wayanad, kumarakom, allepey!..i ve been to Thissur. we stay in krishna inn (near tht guruvayoor temple) .
    u can visit :

    These are the places u can find in wayanad

    Muttanga Wildlife Sanctuary:
    Suchipara Falls
    Meenmutty Falls
    Pookote Lake
    Karlad Lake
    Banasura Sagar Dam
    Chempara Peak
    Lakkidi (next stop after Vythiri enroute Calicut).
    Edakkal Caves
    Thirunelly - Close to Mananthavady
    Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary - Close to Thirunelly
    Kuravadweep (Kurava isle)
    Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
    Karapuzha Dam

  9. I was looking for an authenticate Bharwa Bhindi recipe and yours looks perfect and delicious da.
    Thanks for such yummy recipe:)

  10. Fantastic and delicious stuffed okra, will try out next time..