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Bharwa Bhindi (Punjabi Stuffed Okra Fry)

Bharwa bhindi is a popular Indian okra fry with a flavorful dry spice stuffing. Bharwa means stuffed and bhindi means okra in Hindi. This is a vegan gluten free stuffed okra fry that tastes so good with rice or roti. Here is how to make bharwa bhindi easily at home.

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 3
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Harini


For Making Bharwa Bhindi

  • 25 tender small okras
  • 2 tablespoons oil

For making bharwa masala

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teqaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mango or amchur
  • salt to taste


  • Rinse and pat dry the okras thoroughly. There should be no trace of moisture in the veggie.

  • Combine all the dry spice powders and required salt in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Take a okra and put a long slit along the length of the bhindi keeping the ends intact. You should be able to stuff the dry spices into the bhindi. Prepare all the okras like this.
  • Now stuff some spice mixture into each bhindi.
  • You can also cut and stuff the bhindi as seen this picture.
  • Heat a cast iron pan or skillet with 2 tablespoons oil.
  • Place the stuffed okras carefully  stuffed side facing up. Lat cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle any stuffing remaining over the bhindi.
  • Stir very gently and flip carefully. Cook in low flame for 12-1 5 minutes.
  • You can cook for 15 minutes for very crispy bhindi else 10-12 minutes will do.
  • Serve bharwa bhindi immediately with rice or roti.


  • Use a heavy cast iron pan for sauteing okra
  • Adjust the quantity of spice powders as per taste
  • You can double the recipe


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 110kcal