Maharashtrian cuisine is spicy, tasty, has a distinctive taste and makes a good meal anytime. It is mostly vegetarian though not restricted, the jowar roti and the chapati are essentials in daily meals. A few dishes  which one can resonate with Maharashtrian cuisine are junka, patal bhaji, bharli baingan and amti. Snacks such as wada pav, surlicha wadi, pav bhaji, kothimbircha wadi, dahi puri, bhel puri to name a few, so tempting isn’t it ?

The Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge group is now all set to explore the beautiful state of Maharashtra, a cuisine which a foodie cherishes and a blogger love to create the myriad dishes from that state. I was paired with Poonam and she gave me groundnut and jaggery, I prepared Bharli Bhendi, it was tasty and we enjoyed it. Bharli Bhendi is a Marathi word which means  stuffed okra. Poonam writes at www.poonambachhav.com. Do check her blog for a wide range of dishes. She has many dishes from Maharashtrian cuisine. I had given wheat flour and milk and she had prepared the tasty Goad Dashmi.

If you are following my blog regularly, you know  that we love okra at home. A few more okra recipes are here Okra with tomatoes, Okra Stir Fry, Kurkuri Bhendi,

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Bharli bhendi / stuffed okra

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilogram okra
  • 2 tablespoon roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup coriander
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 green chilly
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut
  • 4 teaspoon goda masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • a little jaggery
  • salt

Method: 

  1. Wash the bhendi and  pat dry.
  2. Make an incision in the centre with a sharp knife.
  3. For the stuffing, grind these together : peanuts, coriander, garlic, green chilly, fresh coconut, goda masala, turmeric powder, jaggery and lemon juice.
  4. Put the stuffing into the slit vegetable, keep the remaining mixture, can be used later.
  5. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard  seeds, turmeric powder and asafoetida, once it splutters, put the stuffed bhendi into it.
  6. Let cook for sometime.
  7. Toss in between, it needs to be well cooked on all sides. Put the remaining mixture into it. Let cook for a few more minutes, remove and serve Bharli Bhendi with any flat bread.
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Bharli bhendi / stuffed okra

Maharashtrian Bharli Bhendi / Stuffed Okra

Maharashtrian Bharli Bhendi is stuffed okra stir fry from Maharashtrian cuisine. Fresh coconut is mixed with other ground ingredients and made into a filling. 

Course dry sabzi, lunch ideas, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Keyword bharli bhendi, stuffed okra
Servings 4 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilogram bhendi / okra/ lady finger
  • 2 tablespoon roasted peanut
  • 1/2 cup coriander
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 green chilly
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut
  • 4 teaspoon goda masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • a little jaggery

Instructions

  1. Wash the bhendi and  pat dry. Make an incision in the centre with a sharp knife.

  2. For the stuffing, grind these together : peanuts, coriander, garlic, green chilly, fresh coconut, goda masala, turmeric powder, jaggery and lemon juice.
  3. Put the stuffing into the slit vegetable, keep the remaining mixture, can be used later.

  4. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, turmeric powder and asafoetida, once it splutters, put the stuffed bhendi into it. Let cook for sometime.

  5. Toss in between, it needs to be well cooked on all sides. Put the remaining mixture into it. Let cook for a few more minutes, remove and serve Bharli Bhendi with any flat bread. 

Recipe Notes

  • Use tender lady finger for filling. 
  • The grated coconut can be directly mixed with the ground mixture and then filled. But, I did grind it.
  • Sugar can be used instead of jaggery.

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bharli bhendi / stuffed okra

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Jayashree, this is my family fav, esp with Ghoda masala makes it very attractive and tempting .. we are big fans of Okra too 🙂 so bookmarkign to try your recipe…

  2. Bhindi is my all-time favourite vegetable. In Rajasthan we make a pretty different stuffing mostly with spices. After reading your recipe, I am definitely going to try the sweet and spicy coconut and jaggery stuffing. What is Goda Masala? I came across it in another recipe too… is it similar to garam masala?

    • We too love Bhindi at home, goda masala is a spice mix used in Maharashtrian cuisine. They use it many dishes including rasam which is called as amti. I need to make that soon at home. Thankyou for stopping by.

  3. I have had stuffed Bhendi, Bharli Bhendi just once, at a Maharashtrian friend’s home, and liked it a lot. It was served with a plain dal . The Bhendi tasted subtly of spices that I could not then identify. Later on I learnt it was the goda masala. I have recently acquired some of this masala and now with this recipe, have a chance to make the dish that I had enjoyed so much. With groundnut, coconut and jaggery, the curry promises to be special!

  4. WOW !!! stuffed bhindi looks just perfect. 🙂 I love this type of dish particularly with steamed rice dal combo

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