Bharli bhendi /stuffed okra
Maharashtrian Bharli Bhendi / Stuffed Okra
Written by Jayashree
Published on December 3, 2018

Maharashtrian Bharli Bhendi is okra stuffed with spices and cooked. It is tasty and pairs well with chapati or as a side dish with rice and amti..

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,

Bharli bhendi /stuffed okra
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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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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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23 Comments

  1. The Girl Next Door

    Wow, so much yum! I am a big fan of Gujarati- and Maharashtrian-style stuffed bhindi, and this looks just perfect. 🙂

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  2. Lathiya

    These stuffed okras looks lip smacking…with crushed peanuts and Goda masala ..am sure it’s so flavorful

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  3. mayurisjikoni

    Stuffed bhindis are my family’s favorite. I can imagine how flavorful they must have been with goda masala added to the stuffing.

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  4. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth

    The stuffed bhindi sounds very delicious, the ingredients of the stuffing is making me drool… lovely recipe…

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  5. Kalyani

    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…

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  6. prathimashivraj

    Sounds yummy 😋.. Urs look inviting

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  7. Priya Suresh

    Bharli bhendi is my all time favourite, just love okras this way. Fingerlicking stuffed okras definitely, truly delicious.

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  8. Shobha

    Tasty side dish with fal chaw always.. very well prepared.

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  9. Batter Up With Sujata

    I love stuffed bhindi. And this looks mouthwatering. A simple and worth trying recipe. I have to make it soon. Lovely share.

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  10. themadscientistskitchen

    Stuffed bhendi looks so yummy and mouthwatering. Lovely share that I want to try immediately.

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  11. Renu

    Stuffed bhindi is one of my favorite one.your version looks too yum and delicious

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  12. Aruna

    Next time you make something like this, just invite me over! Looks delicious.

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  13. Ashima Goyal Siraj

    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?

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    • jayashree

      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.

      Reply
  14. Vidya Narayan

    I love this with bhakri and thecha. The bharleli or masala filling varieties of sabzis in Maharashtrian cuisine is just too good. I can never have enough of this.

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  15. Anu Kollon

    i like bhindi in any form. Never tried this dish before. This stuffed bhindi looks so delicious.

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  16. Veena Krishnakumar

    The stuffed bhendi looks so good. I just bought some goda masala. Will try this recipe soon

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  17. Priya Satheesh

    Wow.. Love this with Sambhar rice.. Your recipe is so inviting !

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  18. poonampagar

    Bharli bhendi is favourite in my family ..yours look so flavorful !

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  19. Sujata Shukla

    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!

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  20. Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    oooo I love this. Give me a cup of dal and some rice with this and i will be your fan forever

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  21. Priya

    Love bhindi in any form and your recipe is making my mouth water…i want some

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  22. Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

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

    Reply

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