Bharli Bhendi Recipe - Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Bhindi

Bharli Bhendi, a Maharashtrian Style Bhindi Sabzi which you can make for your everyday lunch or dinner. Serve this delicious sabzi along with Dal, Phulka and Raita of your choice.

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Bharli Bhendi Recipe - Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Bhindi

Bharli Bhendi is a widely popular Maharashtrian dish. Bharli Bhendi as called in Marathi language, means stuffed Lady Fingers/Okra.

The basic ingredient for it’s stuffing in Maharashtrian cuisine, is generally grated fresh coconuts. In this recipe, the addition of poppy seeds along with coconut and spiced and the tanginess from the tamarind, makes it lip smacking delicious. 

Ladyfingers (Bhindi / Okra / Bhindi) are a very healthy vegetable as they are a powerhouse of nutrition, rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that provide an array of health benefits from treating diabetes to preventing kidney disease.

Here along with coconut, a superfood itself and which doesn’t need much description for it’s widely known health benefits, we have used Khus Khus in this recipe. There are many health benefits associated with Khus Khus. From boosting the immune system to improving brain and heart health, the benefits of Khus Khus are many!

Again the use of tamarind in such traditional recipes has its own benefits. Tamarind relieves discomfort in the stomach and aids digestion. It’s preparations are known cure for fevers, rheumatism, inflammation and sore throats.

The use of all such healthy ingredients combined with the nutritious bhindi and the use of spices makes this simple and delicious vegetable preparation a unique one and also absolutely high on the health quo!

Serve Bharli Bhendi Recipe along with Maharashtrian Chawli Chi Usal Recipe and Phulka for a weekday meal along with your family. 

If you like this Bharli Bhendi Recipe, you can also try other Bhindi recipes for your Indian Dinner such as

  1. Dahi Bhindi Recipe
  2. Dahi Achari Bhindi Recipe
  3. Bhindi Masala Curry Recipe

Cuisine: Maharashtrian
Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

30 M

Cooks in

35 M

Total in

65 M


4 Servings


  • 500 grams Bhindi (Lady Finger/Okra)
  • 1-1/2 cups Fresh coconut , grated
  • 3 tablespoons Poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder , bydagi red powder
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Tamarind
  • Salt , to taste
  • For The Tempering:
  • 5 tablespoons Cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoons Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)

How to make Bharli Bhendi Recipe - Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Bhindi

  1. To begin making the Bharli Bhendi recipe, firstly wash the bhindi thoroughly in sufficient water and drain.

  2. Wipe clean all the bhindi using a clean, dry kitchen cloth and cut off both the edges of the bhindi. Make a single slit in the bhendi to fill the masala in it.

  3. At the same time, dry roast the khus khus in a small kadai for about a minute.

  4. Switch off the heat and soak the khus khus in sufficient water for about 15 to 20 minutes approximately. Drain and keep aside till use.

  5. Grind together the grated coconut, khus khus, tamarind, turmeric powder, both the red chilli powders and salt to taste, using as little water as possible to get a thick paste.

  6. Fill each and every bhindi with this Bharli Bhendi masala (thick coconut paste).

  7. Heat a non stick pan and add the oil to it. Add the mustard seeds and as soon as they splutter, add the asafoetida.

  8. Start adding the Bharli Bhendi little by little. Spread the remaining masala if any over the stuffed bhindi. Cover and cook for a while. This will take about 3 to 4 minutes. 

  9. Do not stir much. After some time stir the Bharli Bhendi lightly upturning the cooked side. Cover and cook again for few minutes.

  10. Uncover the pan, and cook the Bhindi further for few minutes. This process will help prevent the bhindi from getting sticky and gooey.

  11. When the bhindi and masala are both cooked properly, turn off the flame and transfer to a serving bowl. Your Bharli Bhendi is ready to be served

  12. Serve Bharli Bhendi along with Maharashtrian Chawli Chi Usal Recipe and Phulka for a weekday meal along with your family.

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