Bharli Bhendi (Stuffed Okra)

Bharli Bhendi (Stuffed Okra)

Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra

Serves – 2-3

Ingredients

Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra

  • Bhindi / Okra – 400gm
  • Oil – 1 and 1/2 tbsp for frying the okra and ½ tbsp for tempering
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Few curry leaves
  • Asafoetida – ¼ tsp

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For Stuffing

  • Raw peanuts – ¼ cup
  • Desiccated coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Jaggery – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Dry mango powder / Amchoor powder – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1tsp
  • Salt to taste

How to make bharli bhendi or stuffed okra?

  • Wash the okras well and wipe them with paper towel.
  • Then slit each of them vertically without cutting into halves.
Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra
  • Dry roast peanuts on a low heat until light brown.
Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra

 

Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra
  • Then add coconut and sesame seeds and roast until coconut changes it’s color to light brown.
Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra
  • Put into a mortar and pestle and grind it to a coarse powder.
Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra
  • Take it out in a bowl and add remaining ingredients mentioned under ‘For Stuffing’.
Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra
  • Mix it well and stuffing is ready.
Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra
  • Stuff each bhindi well and arrange them on a cutting board.
Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra
  • Heat oil in a wide pan and place all okra one by one.
  • Fry them from one side until brown and crispy. It may take 4-5 minutes.
Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra
  • Flip each of okra and fry from other side too. Keep turning them until they are fried from all the sides. It may take another 4-5 minutes.
Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra
  • Once all the okras are nicely fried, gather them to the one side of pan.
  • Put 1-2 tsp of oil in other side of pan. Once oil is heated, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, and curry leaves. If you like you can add garlic as well.
Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra
  • Fry for few seconds and mix with okra.
Bharli Bhendi or stuffed okra
  • Serve hot with phulka, dal and rice.