Okra stuffed with Chickpeas – Baked or Cooked

Baked Okra new2


Stuffed/bharwa bhindi is a spicy delicious dish filled with the spices and cooked which makes a lovely side dish/appetizer. Here in this recipe have stuffed mashed chickpeas and spices which will gives a delicious nutlike taste and texture that is buttery and pasty.

Health Benefits:

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans have a lot of health benefit as they are filled with fiber, protein and iron and lowers the bad cholesterol.

Okra is a popular vegetable in many countries; Okra pods has a slimy feel due to presence of mucilage, it can be reduced by drying it well and sauting with tamarind paste, lemon juice, curd.

Okra mucilage contains soluble fiber and helps to bind the bile acids, cholesterol and toxins in the digestive tract, preventing their absorption and facilitating their removal-thus lowering cholesterol.

Okra acts as a natural diuretic for the kidneys and reduces the toxins in the blood.

So enjoy this stuffed okra as a healthy dish.

Yields: 2-3 servings
Preparation time: 20mins
Cooking OR Baking time: 20mins


  • Okra/bhindi – 250 gms
  • Oil-1tbsp + for brushing

For stuffing:

  • Cooked and mashed white chick peas-1cup
  • Roasted peanuts-2tbsp
  • Roasted sesame seeds-1tbsp
  • Roasted flaxseed-1tbsp
  • Green chilli paste-2tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste-1tsp
  • Turmeric-1/4tsp
  • Lemon juice-2tbsp
  • Chopped coriander- a handful
  • Salt- as per taste


  • Coarsely crush flaxseed, sesame seeds, peanuts using motor and pestle/ in blender and set aside.
  • Rinse okra well, wipe them dry with kitchen towel or paper towel very well, let them dry completely before stuffing ( drying is important as it reduce slimeness/stikiness while they are cooking)
  • One dry cut off both the ends, make a slit in the centre but ensure not to break bhindi to two pieces and set aside.

For stuffing:

  • In a bowl add mushed chickpeas, crushed flaxseed, sesame seeds, peanuts, chilli paste, ginger-garlic paste, salt, turmeric, coriander, lemon juice mix well and set aside.

For stuffing okra:

  • Take a teaspoon of filling and stuff into the slit okra. Repeat the same with remaining okras
  • Once the stuffing is done this can be either baked or cooked in the pan.

For baking:

  • Grease and line the baking tray and pre-heat the oven at 180deg c
  • Place the stuffed okra on the baking tray in one layer without overlapping, spray cooking oil on them and bake for about 15minutes and add remaining stuffing and bake for another 3-4minutes.

Baked Okra new

For pan frying:

  • Heat oil in the wide non stick pan, and arrange them in one layer cover and cook for 10-12minutes/ until okra cooked. (stir/flip the okra in between for even cooking)
  • Add remaining stuffing if any mix well and cook for another 2-3minutes /until the stuffing is heated through


  • Serve hot as an appetizer/ side dish


  • Chilli powder can be used instead of chilli paste

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on July 22, 2014, in Indian, Starters and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Stuffed Okra, haven’t thought about it!!! This is too good. I got influenced by you Chitra, I got some flax seeds, have to start trying it from your recipes 🙂


  2. This looks fantastic! I love fried okra and have never had it stuffed.


  3. That is so unique 🙂


  4. I have a lot of okra in my garden this year, and this is a new recipe for me – always looking for new ways to use it. Will try this once they are ready to pick.


  5. I love baked version.. Now a days mostly I am baking. Like the idea of stuffing


  6. Okra is one of my favorite. But stuffed with chickpeas is new to me! But the recipe sounds delicious 🙂


  7. I love bhindi but it is so hard to get fresh bhindi in Perth. Will try this with baingan instead.


  8. Never had stuffed bhindi.. although I love the vegetable..

    And the kulfi yesterday was yummmyyy mam.. I made it..yayyyyyyy


  9. It looks so special & amazing! I must make this soon! x
    I think I would eat it with grilled fish on the side!


  10. Wow. I love Okra, especially in Asian food. Cant wait to try this recipe at home. Thanks for sharing Chitra. Emma xx


  11. very interesting and something new 🙂


  12. I have never had okra! Thanks for teaching me something new 🙂


  13. This sounds great! I like fried okra, pickled okra, in gumbo… I never liked it plain given the slime factor but stuffed with chick peas sounds brilliant.


  14. I will I admit I have never ever cooked okra and you can probably count on one hand how often I ate them. They are not as common around here. But I know they have them in my local Asian supermarket and this dish really is inspiring me to try!


  15. Baked Stuffed okra..that is fantastic. I have always been detered by the deep frying part of the stuffed okra recipes. But baking I can do…


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