Bharela Bhinda / Bharwaan Bhindi / Stuffed Okra is a rich and delicious dish made by stuffing small okra with a spiced and flavored filling made with roasted chickpea flour, peanut, sesame seeds, ginger garlic paste, spices. The stuffed okra are then cooked in a generous amount of oil and served with roti, dal or kadhi , rice for a complete meal. This vegan dish is popularly served in many Gujarati restaurants and in the wedding lunch or dinner.
Course dinner, festivalfood, lunch, Main Dish, vegan
30okraI have used fresh small baby okra or lady finger or bhinda. Wash and pat them dry with kitchen towel.
3tbspoilpeanut oil is more preferrable or you can use oil of your choice
salt to taste
1tbspcorianderwashed and finely chopped to garnish and sprinkle.
In a pan roast the chickpea flour on low heat for 7-8 minutes or till aromatic.
In a mixture jar add peanuts and sesame seeds.
Crush them together coarsely.
In a mixing plate add roasted chickpea flour, crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, asafoetida, turmeric, red chili powder, coriander cumin powder, garam masala, dry mango powder (amchur), sugar.
Add salt and oil.
Mix well. (This mixture can be freezed for three months or refrigerated for a month. You can hence make it in a big batch and store).
Add ginger garlic paste and mix well.
Add washed and chopped coriander and mix well..
The stuffing is ready to use.
To stuff and stir fry okra/ lady finger/bhinda
Wash and pat dry the lady finger with kitchen towel. Cut the front and tail of the lady finger. Slit the lady finger from middle. Fill the stuffing into the slit. Keep the remaining stuffing to sprinkle at the end.
Heat oil in the pan. Add turmeric powder and asafoetida.
Add the stuffed bhinda and salt needed for the bhinda/okra (keep in mind the stuffing has salt). Cover and cook on medium heat for 7-8 minutes.
Cover the bhinda and cook further for more for 5-7 minutes.
Remove the lid and cook the bhinda for further 5-7 minutes till they are nicely cooked and turned soft.
Now add the remaining stuffing. Mix well and cook for further 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle some water on it.
Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Sprinkle chopped coriander and mix well. The bharela bhinda/bharwaan bhindi/stuffed okra are ready.
Remove the bharela bhinda/bharwaan bhindi/stuffed okra in a serving bowl. Sprinkle coriander and serve it with chapati / bhakri/ rice flour roti and simple moong dal or gujarati kadhi. This subji can be refrigerated and stored for 3-4 days.