Bharwa Bhindi/Stuffed Okra with a Twist (Air Fried and Stove top, both methods)

Bharwa Bhindi /Stuffed Okra is one of the most popular vegetarian side dishes of North India. Normally, it is stuffed with a fragrant Indian spice mix and gram flour. Growing up, we loved to eat simple dal and chawal with this bharwa bhindi, a dish that was really delicious.

While experimenting with flavours in my kitchen, I changed the flavours a little and came up with two simple recipes which I can definitely call my own since I have never heard of this combination.

The first recipe I came up with was a fusion recipe of North and South flavours. Typically, sambar masala and coconut is used mainly used in southern dishes, but in this case, I have used them with my other spices. It was spicy, tangy, bold, and delicious. I regret not using this combination in bhindi before.

The second one is also a fusion recipe and we have ventured into Morocco with this spice mix. Yes, you guessed right, I have used a Harissa spice mix for highlighting the Moroccan flavours of my stuffing. It is delicious as well.

Important steps to remember while making the stuffed okra/Bhindi-

  1. Wash and dry the Okra /Bhindi nicely.

2. Try to use almost the same size okra for this recipe- it will look much prettier when you serve.

3. Cut both the ends of the Okra and make a slit with a sharp knife.

4. Take the help of a spoon or your finger for stuffing the spice mix into the okra. Perfection is not required, but try to stuff it nicely.

Pictorial Directions-

Stuffed Okra /Bharwa Bhindi

Spice mix stuffed okra cooked till perfection.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian


  • 15-16 Medium size Okra/Bhindi
  • 2 Tbsp Mustard oil/Canola oil /Oil of your choice.
  • Spice mix stuffing(North meets south recipe)
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander powder
  • 2 Tbsp Sambar Powder(I have used MTR)
  • 2 Tbsp Freshly grated coconut /Frozen coconut .If you don’t have those then you can use dry coconut as well but it wont give that flavour.
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Red chili powder(optional )since sambar powder is spicy.
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt (you can change the quantity if you want more)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp Oil for mixing the spice mix. If you will your mixture looks very dry then use one tsp more.


  • Wash and dry the Okra /Bhindi.
  • You can wash and dry the Okra after bringing it from the store .. This will save you lot of time .
  • Cut both the ends of okra,and make a slit length wise. Okra will be still joined at the end (this step is really important )
  • Take a bowl and mix all the spices.
  • Stove Top Method
  • Take a big shallow pan . I wont recommend using a wok here .
  • Add oil.Heat it.
  • Place stuffed Okra /Bhindi carefully in the pan . Place it in the single layer .
  • Keep the flame on low /medium.
  • Cover the pan with a lid.
  • Flip it really carefully after 3-4 minutes .
  • Cover it again for 3-4 minute.
  • Remove the lid and cook it for 2 minute .
  • Carefully transfer your okra in a serving platter .Don’t break it while transfering.
  • You can serve it with Roti,Rice,or Just as an appetizer.
  • Air Fryer Method
  • Air fry the stuffed Okra /Bhindi on 370f for 10-12 minutes.
  • After 5-6 minutes flip the okra .Squeeze half of a lemon juice on the okra.
  • Your stuffed okra is ready to serve.

Stuffed Okra / Bharwa Bhindi with Moroccan fusion.

Stuffed Okra with a spice blend of Indian and Moroccan spices.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3


  • 15-16 Medium size Bhindi/Okra
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • Fusion of moroccan and Indian spice blend
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Harissa spice mix
  • 2 Tbsp Freshly grated coconut/Frozen Coconut .
  • 1 Tsp Anardana powder
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt(You can increase the quantity ,according to your taste.


  • Wash and dry the Okra /Bhindi.
  • Cut both the ends.
  • Make a slit lengthwise.It will still be attached (this is really important)
  • Mix all the stuffing masala together.
  • With the help of a spoon or your finger stuff the spice mix into the okra.
  • Take a wide shallow pan.
  • Add oil to it.
  • Place stuffed Okra in the pan ,do itin a single layer.
  • Cover it with a lid and cook for 3-4 minute. Keep the flame of the gas on low/medium.
  • Remove the lid and flip it .Cook it covered for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Your Stuffed okra is ready to serve.

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