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Bharwa Bhindi (Stuffed Okra) served in a plate with lemon wedges and the stuffed spices on the side.
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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
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: air fryer, easy
Diet: Gluten-free, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan
Method: Air Fryer, Stovetop
Servings: 3
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Meeta Arora


  • 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