Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bharwan Bhindi/ Stuffed Okra

     Bhindi / Okra stuffed gets cleaned off plates easily, around here.  The stuffed okra recipe is simple, but time consuming because it's cooked on low heat.   You can use store-bought masala to stuff the okra or home-made.  Since I seldom buy store bought masala, I have something you can put together at home with out a branded sambar or chana masala powder.

Stuffed Okra

    The key to making this dish is to make sure the stuffing is well cooked.  Since the okra tends to brown easily it's challenging, however, cooking on low heat helps.

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Look who was visiting this morning! He is always around, digging holes in my planters.

Stuffed Okra


Ingredients:
Okra       - 30 nos washed and dried; the head chopped off
Onions    - 1
Tomato   - 1
Cummin - 1/2 tspn
Coriander Powder - 1 Tbspn
Chili Powder   - 1 Tbspn (if you want it milder use less)
Asafoetida - 1/8th tspn
Fenugreek Powder - 1/4 tspn
Turmeric - 1/2 tspn
Besan (Chickpea flour) - 1 tspn
Aamchoor/ (Dry Mango Powder) - 1/2 tspn
Oil - 1 Tbspn

Method:
1. Dry toast all the powders on low heat and with little water make a paste
2. Slit the okra on one side and stuff the masala
4. Heat the pan and add 1 Tbspn oil 
5. Arrange the okra with the open-stuffed side facing up
6. Keep the heat at the lowest and cook the okra covered for 10 minutes checking in between to make sure the bottom is not burning
7. Gently toss without displacing the masala or turning the okra fully for another 5 minutes or so
8. The color should change from the bright green of the vegetable to a more cooked dull green
9. Turn around all the orka now and cook again for 5 minutes toss a little and continue cooking
10.  Make sure the masala does not burn
11. Once the okra is cooked, add onions and fry for a few minutes followed by tomato like I have done today or if you want the onions and tomatoes to be crispy
12. Take the okra out, heat 1/2 tbspn oil and add cummin seeds and splutter followed by onions and stir fry on high for a minute
13. Add chopped tomatoes and fry on high to brown the edges but keeping the shape
14. Toss this over the fried stuff okra and squeeze about 1/4 of  a lemon and serve


Notes:  You can serve this dish with roti's or rice.
2. I added the cumin seeds with the powder and finished off with step 11 when I cooked today.

41 comments:

  1. slurrrrrrrrrp! tempting and mouth watering stuffed bhindi.I am just drooling.

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  2. Nice clicks. Stuffed bhindi looks delicious. I love anything with okra.

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  3. I love okra. Yours looks spicy and delicious...mmm I have never tried stuffing them, usually just stir fried with eggs. I would love to try stuffing next time. Thanks very much for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

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  4. Bhindi Preparation looks so tasty and spicy. You have transformed a simple vegetable into a recipe fit for Royalty.
    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  5. Love your little visitor..so cute...stuffed okra is a indian classic ! Loved the addition of tomatoes!

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  6. Love your little visitor..so cute...stuffed okra is a indian classic ! Loved the addition of tomatoes!

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  7. Wow, beautiful creation, please do send it out to Sumadhura's Veggie/Fruit A Month - Okra event :)

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  8. My cook in chennai used 2 make this so so well and used 2 bug me for amchur which till then id never even heard off..so ya she add a tad bit of that too for the stuffing masala and was so incredibly yummy...i however think its so tedious and havent really bothered...k now im hungry just thinking about it all

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  9. bharwan bhendi looks so delicious ...anything with okra is most welcome ...today i also posted one stuffed okra dish ..

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  10. Gorgeous space you have here! Glad I stumbled upon your blog.
    Keep up the good work!

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  11. Your platter looks fantastic sunitha, especially the bright colour of the okra..love the idea of adding besan, would try ur version the next time.

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  12. one of my favourite okra recipe but seldom make it. you tempted me with this lovely picture. very well made and utterly delicious.

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  13. Beautiful clicks.Love okra any day.Awesome dish..

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

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  14. Thank you all.

    Nisha - Thanks for reminding me about aamchoor.. I did add it today but forgot to say that in the recipe.. I have added it on now.

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  15. Stuffed okras are alwasy very inviting...this one is lil bit new kind of flavoured to me...loved the snaps mainly the squirrel...

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  16. Spicy and delicious okra..looks so inviting and perfect.

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  17. A very delicious looking bharwan bhindi and I love your little-cute visitor :-)

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  18. Okra looks colorful and delicious.

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  19. Delicious stuffed okras..my fav too..pictures are mindblowing!

    US Masala

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  20. I have been planning too post this for a long time. Super pics and a drool worthy stuffed okra.

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  21. This sounds so delicious! I've never had orka before. Lovely presentation too.

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  22. Delicious.. and really tempting..

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  23. WOW!! Okra is one of my favorite veggie. This looks so very yummy..Love the tempting pics..

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  24. delicious okra curry lovely pictures

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  25. wow!!interesting bhindi fry...never tried dis way....yummy!!

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  26. Stuff vegetables are always such a treat. These stuffed okra looks really tasty.

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  27. yumm, love okra :) , by the way do you have any recipes that uses besan as the main ingrediant?

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  28. Tempting stuffed Bhindi.Love that cutie squirrel pic :)

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  29. what alovely dish, best way to impress the guests

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  30. we like to stuff fish paste in okra in my place here, your recipe is new to me, it sound so healthy and good.

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  31. Yummylicious ya! Loved ur shots...great as usual! I thought of learning new techniques in photography, unfortunately not able to due to lack of time. :(

    Do U use extra lighting while shooting?

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  32. What a cute visitor you have! The capture is as if he is eyeing your bindis.I do somewhat similarly but it always gets one extra roasted crunch...I love it the way they look in your recipe!

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  33. Droolworthy stuffed okras, very tempting..

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  34. mouthwatering....am drooling over here :)

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