Okra Stuffed - Bhindi Bharwa

Okra Stuffed - Bhindi Bharwa - Indian Spicy Lady Finger


  • 1 pound Okra (Bhindi), washed and dried
  • 3tbsp. oil
  • 1tsp. cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 2 green chilies, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4-inch ginger, finely chopped
  • A pinch of Asafetida powder
  • 1 tomato chopped

Stuffing :

  • 3 tsp. coriander powder
  • 2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp. ground fennel (saunf)
  • 2 tsp. dried mango powder (amchur)
  • 1/2tsp. chili powder or to taste
  • Salt to taste

Preperation :

  • Cut the stalk of each okra and make lengthwise slit.
  • Combine stuffing ingredients and mix well. Stuff each okra with the mixture.
  • Sauté cumin with the little oil until it starts to crackle.
  • Add onions, green chilies and ginger. Sauté till onion turns transparent, then put in asafetida and cook for a few seconds.
  • Add tomato and cook until it turns pulpy.
  • Add the okra and cook for 5 minutes until tender and well coated with the sauce (masala).
  • Serve hot with chapati, paratha or rice.