Dahiwali Bharwaan Bhendi – Yogurt based stuffed okra

Sometimes all it takes is a small bowl of pachadi with its myriad flavors or a roasted papad to bring that extra comforting taste to a meal. I wanted to make a sabzi with that extra zing to perk up our lunch (with roti and salad), when I chanced upon this recipe from a cooking magazine.

Rotis rolled with stuffed okras

I am an okra fan and always look forward to cook it, be it a comforting stew or a simple stir fry. In today’s recipe, the stuffed okras are cooked in a subtly sweet onion-tomato base which is spiced up with a zing of fresh ginger and a tangy punch from the lemon juice and chaat masala. Well, this semi-dry okra dish truly lived up to its exotic sounding name – Dahiwali bharwaan bhendi, sounds exotic, doesn’t it?:). (Honestly, not always do exotic sounding names taste good)

Stuffed okras

The only ingredient to be careful with, is the lemon, which can easily overwhelm the other flavors, and remember that tender okras are best for this recipe. One tip while cooking these stuffed okras – heat a heavy bottomed skillet (preferrably an iron kadai), drizzle with some oil, on high heat, add these stuffed okras and stir fry them constantly for approx 6-7 mts. This way the okras are lightly browned while retaining a slight crunch and you will not have the problem of slithers. Just ensure that you are by the stove stirring it all the time. (The original recipe didn’t recommend this method, but believe me, it works!). The okra is now ready to go into the cooked onion-tomato base. Now for the adapted recipe –

Dahiwali Bharwan Bhendi Recipe

Recipe Source: Adapted from Savvy Cookbook Mag

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Serves:3 persons

Cuisine: North Indian



1/4 kg tender lady fingers (okra/bhendi)

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 slit green chillis

3 cloves garlic finely minced

1″ ginger finely minced

2 big onions finely sliced

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli pwd

1/2 tsp coriander pwd

2 tomatoes finely chopped

1 tbsp ghee (you can use a wee bit more)

salt to taste

2 tbsp hung curd

For stuffing:

1 1/2 tbsps roasted channa powder (dalia/putnala pappu)

1 1/2 tbsps chaat masala

1 tsp ghee

pinch of salt

For garnish:

chopped coriander leaves

pinch of chaat masala

1 tbsp lemon juice (adjust)

1 Wash and dry the okra. Trim the okra top and ends and make a slit in the center for stuffing.
2 Combine the roasted channa powder, chaat masala, salt and ghee and stuff the okras. Drizzle a kadai with some oil, on high heat, add the stuffed okras and constantly keep stirring them for approx 6-7 mts till they are nicely browned. Turn off heat. Remove and keep aside.
3 Heat ghee in a kadai, add cumin seeds and let them crackle. Add the ginger, garlic and green chillis. Saute for a few seconds.
4 Add the sliced onions and saute till transparent. Add the turmeric and red chilli pwd. Combine.
5 Add the tomatoes and salt, combine and cook covered for 5-7 mts on medium heat (do check and stir inbetween).
6 Add the slightly cooked stuffed okras and cook on medium heat for 4-5 mts (uncovered). Now, on high flame, keep stirring and cook till the okras are soft and done (approx 8-10 mts).
7 Turn off heat, adjust salt and chaat masala. Add the lemon juice and mix in the hung curd. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with hot rotis or rice.

Dahiwali Bharwaan Bhindi

Kitchen Notes:

Carefully trim the stems and tips without exposing the seeds inside and before doing that ensure that the okra is completely dry.

Dahiwali Bharwaan Bhendi – Yogurt based stuffed okra

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  okra


32 thoughts on “Dahiwali Bharwaan Bhendi – Yogurt based stuffed okra

  1. Wonderful Pictures… and Nice recipe…. I just knew bhendi fry and pulusu recipe… and this one goes into my list… Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great looking dish! I am always too lazy to do Bharwan part and make it just like that:) It’s also called Kathi roll, ie wrapping the subzi in Chapatis.Delicious.I will save the recipe.Thanks.

  3. Hi Sailu,
    The Okra curry looks groovy. Its going into my list of ‘to try dishes’ ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have to make ulli pakodas for a potluck this weekend. Look how famous I have become with your ulli pakodi recipe!
    Thanks for the wonderful recipes!

  4. Hi Sailu

    Wow!!! The very first time I saw ur web-page, I decided to try all of your recipes. Nice verbal & visual presentation!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I loved the way you have the rotis rolled up with bhindi. I love bhindi too and when I was small, my ma use to wrap rotis with bhindi bhaji and that would be a favorite of mine

  6. Dear Sailaja,

    Lovely way to prepare Bhindi.
    Wishing you and your family happy holi.

    Hugs and smiles,

    Thank you for your wishes, Jayashree. Wishing you and your family a very happy Holi, Jaya.

  7. Hi Sailakka,
    This looks yummy… I am going to try it this evening… Came across your site few months back.. and tried some of the recipes from ur blog.. and they came out pretty well… esplly chicken curry.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the good work.

    Thank you, Lalith..:)

  8. Hi Sailaja
    I had posted a similar kathi roll with aloo for JFI. Nice looking Bhindi sabzi. Love the combination of bhindi and dahi.

    Am on my way to check your entry, SL.

  9. Hi Sailu,

    I tried your recipe today…and belive me, could not stop licking my fingers. The snaps on your site make the whole experience more delightful. As I would like to say..’Nooru orruindi…’…

    Cheers and thanks a ton for helping ppl like me….


  10. Hi Sailu,

    I recently chanced upon your food blog. Really love it. I have tried Dahiwali Bharwan Bhendi Recipe, carrot kothimira pachadi,and allam kothimira pachadi.

    All of them came out well. Thanks for posting them. By the way, in case no one told you, the pictures on your food blog are really eatable :-))))))

  11. I searched for this dish and prepared it. I just love it. Its came out so well, all my family members enjoyed bendi so much.
    It is a perfect side dish for rotis.

  12. Hi sailu , I’ve tried this recipe.. It’s too good to taste. My whole family liked it. Even my husband who dont want to try new tastes like this recipe.. Thanq . Keep posting wonderful recipes..

  13. hi sailaja

    Bhindi luks really yummy. i came across your blog a few months back. I tried the andhra chicken curry u’ve posted, it came out really well. but my bhindi in dahiwali style had become very lumpy. what could be the reason?? i did fry the bhindis before mixing it with the onion and tomato paste.

    thanks a ton ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Dear Sailaja garu,

    I tried this sabji. And believe me, I myself was so delighted by my cooking. Thanks for the amazing recipe.


  15. Hi,
    Wonderful recipie. Just tried it and came out good. My wife makes a little different version using peanuts and smaller pieces of Bhindi instead of complete. But this was equally good inspite of me making it.
    The pictures look so yummy.


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