We all love okras, generally it is stir fried in oil. Besan bhindi or bharvan besan bhindi is palatable, appetizing curry. Filled with roasted bengal gram flour in onions and tamarind paste in dry masalas. The filling is stuffed in the slits, fried and cooked in oil. Stuffed okras / Besan Bhindi / Bharvan Besan Bhindi goes well with phulkas and parathas.
Okras / lady finger (bhindi) 150 Gms, stalk and end removed, slit from the centre
Bengal gram flour (besan) 1 ½ cup
Onion 2 large, finely chopped
Green chillies finely chopped 2 tbsp
Red chilli powder (lal mirch powder) 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Dried mango powder (amchoor) 2 tsp (dried mango powder can be replaced with 2 tbsp of tamarind pulp, if desired)
Coriander powder (dhania powder) 1 tsp
Turmeric powder (haldi) ½ tsp
Garlic cloves 4-5, peeled and finely chopped
Asafetida (heeng) ¼ tsp
Cumin seeds (jeera) ¼ tsp
Mustard seeds (rai) ¼ tsp
Sugar 1 pinch
Oil for cooking
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in pan; add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and asafetida. Let it sputter, add in chopped garlic, onions, green chillies, sauté till the onions turn pink, add in gram flour, sauté for one minute.
Add in all the dry masalas, keep stirring till the ingredients get mixed well and the rawness of Bengal gram flour disappears.
Let this stuffing cool for a while. Once the stuffing cools fill it in slits of the okras / lady finger (bhindi) and keep aside.
Heat 3 tbsp of oil in shallow pan gently place the stuffed capsicum, cook evenly on all sides, over sim. Keep turning gently so that the stuffing doesn’t come out. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of Bengal gram flour (besan) on top, sauté for 2 minutes, stuffed okras are ready.