Stuffed okra (Bharil bhende)

Stuffed Okra (Bharile Bhende)
Stuffed Okra (Bharile Bhende)

‘Bharile’ in Konkani means stuffed. Okra is called Bhende. Stuffed okra or bharil bhende is one of my favorites from childhood. The okra available at our native is parrot-green in color and longer than the okra available here in US. Aayi uses the tender okras for this. She cuts the okra into 2-3 pieces (each piece is of the size of okra available here). She stuffs them and then ties them with a thread so that the stuffed doesn’t come out. These taste amazingly delicious. Only tender okra should be used for this dish. The dish requires a bit of patience to stuff and then fry them on a very low flame.

Updated on 12/4/2016:
Making this dish after a long time. So I decided to update the post with new pictures. Aayi prepared some stuffing for me and saved it. Making the stuffed bhindi was quite easy then.

Stuff the bhindi and keep them on a hot tava with oil and fry on a low flame.
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Stuffed okra (Bharil bhende)

Spicy okra stuffed with a spiced coconut powder.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 -3


  • 10 Okra Bhindi
  • 3/4 cup Dry coconut Khobra or kopra
  • 1 tea spn Coriander powder
  • 1/2 tea spn Cumin Jeera powder
  • 3/4 tea spn Sugar
  • 1 tea spn Chili powder
  • 1 tea spn Besan chick pea flour
  • Oil
  • Salt


  • Dry roast the coconut.
  • Powder it(powder should not be too smooth).
  • Mix all the remaining ingredients (except okra).
  • Remove the head (I didn't get a proper word here, so mentioned as 'head') of okra.
  • Put some slits keeping the other side intact.
  • Stuff them with the powder.
  • Heat oil in a nonstick or cast iron tava.
  • Keep the bhindis on it and fry on a very low flame.


27 thoughts on “Stuffed okra (Bharil bhende)”

  1. Hi Shilpa….Okra is my favorite since childhood days. The okra in native place is approx twice or thrice the size avble here, as you rightly said. Stuffed bhindi is my favorite. I roast the besan as Lakshmi mentioned abve. Thanks for sharing.

  2. this along with cucumber raita would qualify as my favourite summer food. i don’t put besan, but urs looks good. by the way, have a request for u. do u know the recipe for neer dosa and sukha chicken?

  3. Another variation of stir-fry, Okra tastes good in any way you make it, isn’t it? Nice arrangement like a chakra 🙂
    How did you like my Satay , Shilpa?

  4. Sorry for tempting you with chicken, Shilpa! Didn’t know you have stopped eating chicken!! I will post a beans recipe shortly as I told you before..
    About kids lunches, I know sandwiches. Sweets and chocolates are not a good idea since they get hyper in school in my opinion. But I could send some recipes if you like about muffins and stuff.Give me an idea what do you expect since home cooked food in NC schools are not encouraged and my kids either eat at school or pack ham and cheese!!
    I will be back to check your response…

  5. Shilpa,

    I tried your date cake……and I must warn your readers that its a lip smacking and addictive creation. I’ve never had eggless cake that tasted so good. I’m gonna bake some for my neighbors and friends now. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Lakshmi, Aruna, I will try with roasted besan next time. Thanks.

    Thanks Arjuna for the link. I read your recipe, only difference between the two methods is coconut. As you know, we Konkanis can’t live without coconut :).

    Shaheen, I will search for neer dosa and chicken sukka. If I could get hold of it, I will surely post it.

    Thanks MT,Prema,Madhuli.

    Thanks Preeti. I am happy to know you liked the cake :).

    Asha, Actually I want to try your satay recipe with something other than chicken. Fish may be?? i have decided to cook all chicken dishes with ‘soya chunks’ hereafter (but I have to forget about the dry dishes as soya might not fit there).
    Hey, you can give any idea about the lunchbox. Since I don’t have kids yet, my knowledge in this matter is zero. That post was to help my readers who have schoolgoing kids. It would be great help to me as well in future. Please leave your suggestions here or write a post in your blog and leave the link. I just want to know what you give in lunchbox, it might not necessarily cooked at home.

  7. Hi Shilpa,
    Tried this one last night for dinner.It was wonderful.Has become one of my husband’s favourite now.thanks for the recipe

  8. he shilpa…was wondering if this dish can be made with fresh coconut? is it enough if i fry the coconut till brown and then use it in the stuffing?

  9. Dhivia, yes, if you don’t have dry coconut, you can use fresh coconut, but make sure to fry it well. The stuffing should become very dry.

  10. Tried this for dinner yesterday (with Pepper Chicken); DELICIOUS. Lovely meal with some dal fry and parathas
    Feel that the 3/4 cup coconut is too much perhaps – i used 1/3 cup and still had some masala powder left over.

    Just saw the comment on roasting besan with coconut- will do that next time

  11. Hi…was just browsing this site and now I have saved it as my fav. I am konkani too and currently residing in Australia…dont get that good variety of fresh Indian veggies here…will try this stuffed bhindi today as okra is my fav. will have it with roti…thanks for all these yummy recipes.

  12. Hi, i tried this 2day. believe me, this is one of the most awesome things i’ve ever tasted. & it’s so easy. in fact the masala can be prepared & kept in the fridge & used as & when required. thatz exactly what i’ve done. stored the leftover masala in the fridge 4 another day. thanx for the recipe.

  13. Told this recipe to my mom and she cooked it in lunch, it was just yummy!! slight sweet, sour and spicy treat.. very good recipe. Thanks

  14. Delicious … these were another one of by cravings when i was pregnant in Copenhagen. This recipe was such a relief. Another bonus my husband (he is american) hates okra till he started eating it like this and of course when mum makes it manglorean style with coconut called bhende ajadina.

    I also stuffed tiny round eggplants like this and it is delicious.


  15. 4 stars
    yummy! makes a different look to okra. I had first time to tried to make this type recipe .Its really good in taste and colorful.I loved it.Thank you for sharing such a different type of okra recipe.

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