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Stuffed Bhendi with Peanuts

3 Jul

Bendakaya Veru Sengakayala Podem.

Lady’s finger or okra is a daily vegetable all over India. Other than frying the okra, it is often stuffed. Here, peanuts are roasted and ground into fine paste along with tamarind and spices. This stuffing is stuffed into lady’s fingers and cooked on low flame till soft. They are then fried till golden color. The stuffed bhendi tastes good with steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Makes: 4 Servings


Bhendi 15 – 20
Tamarind 1 inch sized ball
Cilantro few sprigs
Oil 1 tbsp


Roasted Peanuts 2 – 3 tbsps
Roasted Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder a big pinch
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Wash thoroughly and pat dry bhendi.
Remove ends and slit the bhendi vertically keeping the ends intact.
Soak tamarind in few tbsps of water for sometime and extract all the juice.

Grind the roasted peanuts with other masala ingredients into smooth thick paste adding enough tamarind extract.
Stuff the bhendi with the prepared ground masala paste.

Heat oil in a wide pan, add stuffed bhendi.
Cook covered for around 5 minutes until bhendi pieces turn little soft.
Uncover and fry the cooked bhendi until it gets light golden around the edges.
Stir in cilantro and remove from heat. Roast bhendi to the required preference.
Serve stuffed bhendi with peanuts over plain steamed rice, or with roti or chapathi.
Notes:Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to avoid burning of any stuffing.

Suggestions: If bhendi feels raw, put back in stove and fry till soft and golden if required.
Variations: Use any fresh herbs to finish the stuffed bhendi, Bhendi and Fritters Curry, Okra Caldinha, etc…
Other Names:Peanuts Stuffed Okra, Ladyfinger with Groundnut Powder.