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Vegetarian Recipe - Stuffed Okra

Updated on April 2, 2015

My Favorite Okra Recipe

Stuffed Okra is an easy vegetarian recipe that uses a mix of spices and herb (cilantro). It is an Indian recipe that is referred to as bhindi masala or stuffed bhindi masala.

There are many variations but I always stick to this trusted recipe that was handed down by my mother (who in turn learnt it from her friend). It is one recipe that never fails me and generally wins wide acceptance - even among long time Okra haters. So for those who do not like or are new to Okra this can be a good introduction.

This recipe is fairly easy provided you have the necessary ingredients. It can be served as a snack or a side dish with the main course.

Did you know?

1. That Okra flowers are pretty! Their delicate lemon yellow and crimson color combination makes them very attractive.

2. Okra is known as Lady s finger in many parts of the world. In India it is called Bhindi. Being a vegetable that grows in tropical, semi tropical and mild temperate climates, Okra is cultivated in many parts of the world.

3. Like other vegetables, Okra too has numerous health benefits. It adds dietary fiber and is good for those who suffer from constipation.

4. Many people, particularly children do not like okra because of its slimy feel. (The solution - add a little lime juice!)

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • Okra (small size) 15 to 20
  • Chickpea flour 1 cup
  • Chili powder 1 ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds 2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds 2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder (mixed spice) ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Limes 2
  • Water 1 cup
  • 2 tblsp oil
  • Fresh grated coconut 2 tblsp
  • Cilantro for garnishing

What is Garam masala?

Garam masala is simply a mix of select spices that is available in Indian stores.

There are many brands, each having a different combination of spices. I have used Priya garam masala which has the following ingredients: coriander, chilies, cloves, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash the okra and leave to drain dry or wipe dry. Cut the head and tail of the okra and slit it down from the top but not till the tail end (if it is slit till the end the filling will not remain in the okra).
  2. Prepare the masala for the filling: Roast the chickpea flour till a nice aroma comes and then keep aside to cool. Roast coriander seeds lightly and cool. Grind the coriander seeds and cumin seeds to powder. Squeeze the limes and keep aside the lime juice. Take a bowl, add the chickpea flour chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt. Mix well. Add the lime juice to the mixture in the bowl and mix well. Also add a little water so that it becomes a nice thick paste. Do not make the mixture too soft as the filling will drop out of the okra.
  3. Gently fill this paste mixture into the slit okras. Keep aside.
  4. Heat a non stick pan and pour 2 tablespoons of oil.
  5. Add the mustard seeds and when it crackles lower the flame and gently add okra into the pan. Cover the pan and cook the okras for 5 minutes then gently turn each okra so that the other side gets cooked. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. When the okra is cooked on both sides, it can be gently tossed about so that it gets cooked from all sides. Cook for another 5 minutes and add the grated coconut. Cover the pan and cook for about 2 minutes. Gently mix the coconut and okra.
  7. Add the cut cilantro and garnish the stuffed okra. Stuffed okra is ready to be served.

The Okra Quote.

So few people eat okra (more radishes are grown in this country) that it never even makes it onto the list of top 10 hated foods.

- Julia Reed

The Okra Debate.

Come on, take a position. Also tell the world your special reason.

Do you love or hate Okra?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good lens for Okra lovers.

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      I'm an okra lover so I would love to try it! Sounds delicious!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I love okra, but have never tried stuffed okra. Must go and buy some!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I love okra, but have never tried stuffed okra. Must go and buy some!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Lovely photos and step-by-step instructions. I'm hungry now for okra.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @Swisstoons: Thank you.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 5 years ago from Michigan

      A mouthwatering lens! Wish I had a plateful of these right now!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      My mother and husband love okra! I am certain they would enjoy your recipe.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @GeekGirl1: Thank you for visiting and adding your comment on my lens.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      can´t wait to cook and try it. blessings!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i have never heard about stuffed okra but i will try this soon. thanks.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      This is the first time I've heard of stuffed okra. It sounds delicious.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Bhindi masala is one of my favourite vegetable Indian dishes. My mom is a great cook and makes yummy stuffed okra too. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      A great recipe - sounds wonderful

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      Aster56 5 years ago

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      Aster56 5 years ago

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Okra in any shape or form is a fave! Thanks for the stuffed okra recipe...

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      okra-sambar is my fav dish. thanks for a delicious recipe.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Great tip about the lime juice.

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      I have never tried it that way. It looks delicious.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done!

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      nicole-young 5 years ago

      That looks amazing! I love okra. Great lens- thanks for sharing : )

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      bames24 lm 5 years ago

      nice lens...we make it all the time at home... it's my Mom's favorite

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love eating stuffed Okra, but never tried making it myself. Will surely try out now. :)

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Living in the South, we get to see lots of okra offerings. I like my okra fried. Delicious!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stuffed Okra looks good, you have my mouth watering. :)