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Bharwan Bhindi – Stuffed Okra

4.29 from 7 votes
Total: 40 minutes
Serves 4 PEOPLE

Bharwan Bhindi - Stuffed Okra

Bhindi also referred to as Okra is my family’s favorite vegetable – whether be kurkuri bhindi or baked bhindi, it’s their all time favorite. They can relish bhindi at any hour, just roll it in warm rotis and its their most preferred meal. Undeniably tasty and delicious recipe of bhindi stuffed with gram flour and spices and sauteed until tender.

Nothing complicated, simple recipe of bhindi cut lengthwise and then stuffed with roasted besan and spices. Later sauteed till tender and served hot topped with caramelized onions. I prefer a little crunch with bhindi so I add onions, but as per one’s taste onions can be omitted from the recipe. Very adaptive recipe add or subtract spices as per your taste.

The total cook time for this recipe is just 15-20 minutes but most of the time goes in cutting and stuffing the bhindi. But its worth the effort! Compared to all the hard work that goes in cutting and stuffing, it finishes up pretty fast – honestly I could not stop eating this until it was all gone! 

Bharwan Bhindi

Roasted besan/chickpea flour adds an earthy and nutty aroma to the spice mix. Toast besan on a low flame as it may get burn. Amchur powder can be substituted with chaat masala powder. Garam masala powder would be a great addition too, to spice up the flavor and gives this dish an extra boost of spiciness.

Try out other Bhindi recipes – Kurkuri Bhindi , tawa sabzi and Baked bhindi do pyaza.

Bharwan Bhindi

Bharwan Bhindi - Stuffed Okra

4.29 from 7 votes
Delicious recipe of bhindi stuffed with gram flour and spices and sauteed until tender. A great accompaniment to any Indian meal.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 PEOPLE



  • Clean and wash bhindi.
  • Trim the top and bottom..
  • Slit it lengthwise..
  • Bhindi is ready for stuffing. Set it aside.
  • Assemble: all the ingredients..
  • In a kadhai dry roast besan on a low heat till it starts to omit its aroma and change color from yellow to light brown.
  • Add spices..
  • And mix it well. Allow it to cool down completely.
  • Once cooled start stuffing this mixture in bhindi/okra.
  • Each bhindi uses 1/8 teaspoon of a mixture..
  • Stuff mixture in bhindi...
  • It will take 10-12 minutes to stuff all the bhindi..
  • This is what is left of the mixture.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai..
  • Add stuffed bhindi to the kadhai..
  • Mix..
  • Cover and let it cook for 10-15 minutes or until okra is tender.
  • Meanwhile slice onions into thin strips..
  • In a pan heat oil, add onions and cook on medium flame for 3-4 minutes...
  • Add in the leftover mixture of spices and set it aside.
  • Uncover and adjust seasonings..
  • Add sauteed onions to cooked okra/bhindi..
  • Mix it well.
  • Enjoy hot okra with warm rotis. A great accompaniment to any Indian meal.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian

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  1. Richa S says:

    Bharwan Bhindi is my all time favorite dish.I prepare it by adding garam masala along with rest of the spices. Sometimes I also add chopped potatoes and tomatoes to this dish, it taste wonderful! Will try your method with besan, I am sure it taste great too !!

  2. Upasana says:

    Made these so good. Besan gives it a lovely taste, never enjoyed eating bharwan bhindi with only masala, it tasted like eating all the masalas in a teaspoon. Recipe presented with great detail and pictures are an eye pleaser!!

  3. Teena says:

    Superb recipe…adding besan brought out a great taste. your way of explaining touches my heart.. as if my mom is near to me and explaining me every step.. thanks Ruchi for your hard work.

  4. Shekhar says:

    Madam Ruchi— its been a long time since I visited the site. BUt really must say welcome changes. The photos you put at every step makes it so very much more explanatory and really for a bachelor like me– cooking has become so much more interesting. Very nice idea and hope you keep coming up with new innovations. Not sure if you have a seperate section on “cooking recipes for bachelors”. If yes let me know. Btw am gonna try the bharwan bhindi today evening. Cheers!!

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for your feedback Shekhar. I do not have a separate category for “Bachelors”. All the recipes are self explanatory with step by step pictures. Hope you liked the bharwan bhindi recipe!!