Bharwa Bhindi Recipe (Stuffed Okra)
Bharwa Bhindi, which means Stuffed Okra is a popular Indian side dish where the okra is stuffed with spicy & tangy masala filling. This vegan & gluten free dish is a perfect side with Indian roti or paratha, or even great to enjoy as an appetizer.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
- 10.5 oz Bhindi (Okra)
- 2 tbsp Oil for frying
- 1/2 Lime
Wash the bhindi with water and let it air dry. You can spread the bhindi on a kitchen towel to let it air dry. If you are in a hurry, wipe the bhindi with a paper towel to dry them completely.
Cut the tops, and slit each bhindi lengthwise. We still want the bhindi to be joined at one end.
In a bowl, mix all the stuffing spices.
Take one bhindi at a time and stuff it with the spice mix. Repeat with all the slit bhindi. Be generous when filling the bhindi, it is okay with some masala falls out.
Fry in a pan on stovetop
Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Use a pan large enough to fit the bhindi in a single layer.
Place the stuffed bhindi in the pan. Let it heat for couple of minutes, then lower the heat. Cover the pan. Then open and flip the bhindi every 2-3 minutes until they are cooked. This will take about 12-15 minutes.
Cook in air fryer
Place the stuffed okra in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook at 360F for 12 mins. Remove the basket at about 8 minutes to flip the okra.
Bharwa bhindi is ready to be served. We enjoy it with a generous squeeze of lime juice on top. Serve with hot roti or paratha, or just enjoy it as an appetizer.
- Make sure the okra is completely dry before using, else it can get slimy.
- Use a large pan for making stuffed bhindi, so you can arrange the bhindi in a single layer.
- Use medium-low heat while making stuffed bhindi, so that it cooks evenly on all sides.
Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 801mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1065IU | Vitamin C: 32.8mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 2.3mg