Bharwa bhindi recipe

Bharwa bhindi, an Indian regional cuisine stuffed ladies finger fry that’s a gem among bhindi recipes

bharwa bhindi recipe
bharwa bhindi

An earthy, warm and delicious Indian dish, bharwa bhindi or stuffed okra. Our organic garden is giving us a good yield of fresh tender okra aka ladies finger over the past few weeks. So, bhindi stir fry and stuffed dishes with okra are in the making in my kitchen. I have blogged an addictive stuffed ladies finger dish from the state of Gujarat, bhindi sambhariya, which is a huge hit with quite a few Sailu’s Kitchen followers. Stuffed bhindi is very popular in the hindi speaking states of India and Western India. Home cooks of various regional cuisines have they own unique blend of spices and ingredients that going into the making of stuffed bhindi or okra.

bharwa bhindi okra bharwan bhindi with besan
home grown okra – bhindi stuffed with filling

One of my favorite ways to cook okra is by stuffing with unique combinations of spices. Simple flavors that can surprise you and yield results that is far beyond what one might expect. Bharwa bhindi (in hindi bharwa = stuffed, bhindi = okra) is a versatile recipe and the ingredients can be tweaked based on what you have in your pantry.

I am posting bharwa bhindi recipe with besan, onions and loads of peanuts which lend a lovely crunch to this gluten free, vegan dish. Onions can be omitted and you have a bharwa bhindi that’s a satwik, no onion no garlic recipe. Roasting on low flame is the key to bring out the delicious flavors of the okra. Bharwan bhindi pairs well with chapathi, roti or rice and makes a great addition to your list of bhindi recipes or vegetarian dinner ideas. Please your palate in some of winter’s best flavors that sings from this vegetarian Indian dish.

bharwa bhindi
stuffed okra indian style

Learn how to make bharwa bhindi, Indian stuffed okra

Bharwa bhindi recipe

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  bhindi


  •   Bhindi - 250 to 300 gms (okra/bendakaya)
  •   Oil - 2-3 tbsps
  •   Salt to taste
  •   For filling:
  •   Onion - 4 tbsps (finely chopped) - optional
  •   Green chili-ginger paste (crush 2 green chilis+1" ginger)
  •   Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  •   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  •   Coriander powder - 1/2 tbsp
  •   Roasted cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
  •   Lemon juice - 1 tbsp or amchur powder - 1/2 tsp
  •   Saunf powder - 1/2 tsp (fennel seeds)
  •   Garam masala - pinch (optional)
  •   Salt - 1/4 tsp
  •   Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  •   Besan - 2 heaped tbsps (roasted on low flame for 6-7 mts)
  •   Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp, roasted and crushed
  •   Peanuts - 1/4 cup, roasted and coarsely crushed
  •   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsps, finely chopped
  •   For tadka/poppu/tempering:
  •   Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  •   Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp

Method for making Bharwa bhindi recipe

Mix all the ingredients meant for stuffing in a bowl and set aside.
Wash and pat dry the bhindi. Make a slit length wise in each bhindi (as shown in the image above) and stuff a tbsp of the stuffing in the slit. Stuff all the bhindi with the filling and set aside. If there is any left over filling, set it aside too.
Heat oil in a wide mouthed cooking vessel. Once the hot turns hot, add the cumin seeds and allow to splutter. Add asafoetida and saute for few seconds. Add the stuffed okra and spread them around the vessel in a single layer.
Add any left over stuffing over it and cook on low medium flame without lid. Sprinkle approx 1/2 tsp salt over the stuffed bhindi. Do not add more salt as there is salt in the stuffing mixture as well.
Every few minutes turn the bhindi to allow even cooking. Slow roasting of the okra can take at least 25-30 minutes without lid.
Turn off flame. Serve with chapathi, roti or rice.


  •   You can add a heaped tbsp of dry coconut powder to the stuffing. I did not have it on hand while preparing bharwan bhindi.
  •   Ensure you roast the chick pea flour before adding to the rest of the stuffing ingredients.


Bharwa bhindi, ladies finger fry stuffed with besan, peanuts & Indian spices. A regional Indian okra recipe, bharwan bhindi is a gem among bhindi recipes.