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Stuffed Okra / Bharwa Bhindi Curry (Air Fryer, Stove Top)

VegCookBook by Praveena
South Indian style, authentic recipe, for both Dry & Gravy style Curry recipe, using basic ingredients from the pantry. Both Stove Top and Air Fryer methods given with step wise pics, tips.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Accompaniment, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 8 okra/bhindi


  • ¼ kg Bhindi / Okra / Bendakaya (8 large size)
  • 3 tablespoons Besan / Gram Glour / Senaga Pindi
  • 2 tablespoons Thick Tamarind Puree / Chinthapandu Gujju
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Garam Masala Powder / Sambar Powder
  • teaspoon Red Chilli Powder /Kaaram
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • as needed Water
  • as per taste Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Cooking Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Coriander Leaves (chopped)

Additional Ingredients for making ''GRAVY CURRY":

  • 2 tablespoons Cooking Oil
  • 2 count Onions (medium sized)
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Whole Cumin / Jeera
  • ¼ teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 2 twigs Fresh Curry Leaves



  • In a mixing bowl, add the besan / gram flour, salt, red chilli powder, jeera powder, garam masala powder, lemon juice, tamarind puree, 2 tablespoons of water.
    Mix everyting into a thick paste.
  • Take each of the okra/bhindi, cut off both the edges, make a slit length wise only one side, from top to bottom.
  • Into each of the okra/bhindi, using your hands, stuff the masala mixture as shown.


  • Put a frying pan on stove top under medium flame.
    Add 2 tablespoons of oil.
    Gently, place all the stuffed bhindi / okra into the pan. Sprinkle a tablespoons of water.
    Close the pan with lid.
  • Let them steam cook for 5 mins, then open the lid, turn each of them to the other side.
    Close again with lid. After 5 more mins, switch off the flame.
    Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Done!


  • Spray / brush the air fryer mesh with cooking oil.
    Gently place the stuffed okra / bhindi onto the mesh.
  • Again spray/brush each one with cooking oil.
    Close the air fryer, set the time to 10 mins, temperature to 200C / 390F.


  • Put a frying pan on stove top under medium flame, add oil.
    Add the mustard seeds and whole cumin/ jeera. Let them splutter.
    Now, add the curry leaves, sliced onion pieces. Saute until they turn transparent.
  • Add the remaining masala stuffing, water, salt, red chilli powder. Mix well.
    Immediately add all the COOKED Stuffed Okra / Bharwa Bhindi, to the pan.
  • Close with lid, let it cook for 3-4 mins under low flame. Open the lid, let it come together. 
    Switch the flame OFF. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Done!


Please see the MAIN POST for step wise PICS & recipe TIPS!
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