Cook With Manali's Bharwa Bhindi

Okra stuffed with a spicy masala. This famous Indian dish goes well with flat-breads like roti and paratha. Vegan & gluten-free.

Cuisine Indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 162 kcal
Author: Manali
5 from 9 votes


  • 450 grams okra/bhindi
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Stuffing Masala

  • 4 tablespoons desiccated coconut powder
  • 2 tablespoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried mango powder, also known as amchur
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided


  1. Wash the bhindi and let it dry. I often use a paper towel to pat dry them. Then make a cut in each bhindi lengthwise without cutting through the entire length. They should still be joint at one end. Do this with every bhindi and then set them aside.

  2. To a large bowl add desiccated coconut powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, dried mango powder (amchur), red chili powder, garam masala, turmeric powder and salt.

  3. Mix all the spices together with a spoon. Then add 2 teaspoons of oil to the stuffing and mix it well with the spices. The stuffing for the bhindi is now ready.

  4. Take one bhindi and stuff it with the prepared masala. Repeat with the remaining bhindis. Make sure to stuff them well with a generous amount of masala. Set them aside.

  5. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pan on medium heat. Place the stuffed bhindi in a single layer in the pan. After 2 minutes, lower the heat to medium-low and cover the pan.

  6. After 2 minutes, open the pan and carefully flip each bhindi. Cover the pan again and flip the bhindi again after 2 minutes.

  7. Keep tossing the bhindi after every 2-3 minutes or so until it's tender and done. This will take around 15 minutes on low heat.

  8. Serve bharwa bhindi hot with roti or paratha. You can squeeze some lemon juice on top before serving for extra tang or also garnish with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts
Bharwa Bhindi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Sodium 603mg 25%
Potassium 435mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 20.5%
Vitamin C 38.2%
Calcium 11.4%
Iron 11.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.