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Peanut Butter Stuffed Okra and Ridge Gourd

14 June 2011 41 Comments

Stuffed Ridge Gourd
With the summer vacation coming to an end and the children gearing up for the school, the days are going to be more hectic and short. Gone are the days of late night outings and no wake up calls in the mornings. Hitler rule prevails again 🙂 Need a good revision of lunch box recipes to be packed to school for the kids.

Okra and potatoes being the two most favorite veggies for my kids are often packed with Indian flat breads along with a fruit or fruit juice. The one recipe which wins hands down for my son’s lunchbox is this Peanut butter stuffed Okra. Peanut butter stuffing gives a nutty and crunchy feel to the dish. I roll a few cooked okra in the wholewheat flat bread (chapattis) and wrap it in an aluminum foil for a healthy & handy lunch. You could even sandwich these stuffed okra in between two bread slices for a quick bite.

The same ingredients could be used for making Stuffed Peanut Butter Ridge Gourd also.

Peanut butter stuffed Okra

Okra, slit and ready to be filled in..


(serves 2)

  • 12-15 Okra or Ladies finger
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. red chilly powder
  • 1 tsp. dry coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mango powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Method; Wash and pat fry the okra and the ridge gourd, wipe them with a kitchen napkin. Chop off the head and the tail part of the okra and make a slit on one side from top to the bottom end. Make about 2 inch pieces of ridge gourd and make a slit lengthwise.

Peanut butter stuffed Okra

Stuffed Okra

Filling; Peel and chop the onion, grind the onion into a fine paste. Take a small bowl and add the onion paste, salt, ginger garlic paste, peanut butter and all the dry spice into it. Mix well till all the ingredients are well blended.

Take a slit okra and fill about 1 tsp. of the above stuffing in it. Repeat the same process with all the veggies. Keep them aside.

Heat oil in a flat skillet or pan. Add all the stuffed okras carefully into the hot oil. Cook for a few minutes on medium heat and turn the okras gently taking care not to spill the stuffing out. Cook for anther 5 minutes and turn off the gas.

Peanut butter stuffed Okra

Homemade peanut butter

Peanut butter; Dry roast 100 gms. of peanuts in a wok till they are light brown in color. Take out and remove the skin rubbing them with a harsh cloth. Grind the roasted peanuts with 1-2 tsp. of olive oil and 1 tsp. of rock salt. Store the peanut butter in a glass bottle and refrigerate till use.

Stuffed Ridge gourd recipe

Stuffed Ridge Gourd

Stuffed ridge gourd taste scrumptious with the same recipe as it imparts a little moisture to the dish makes it an easy accompaniment with Indian flat breads or plain rice.

Peanut butter stuffed okra

Peanut butter stuffed okra

Garnish the cooked peanut butter Okra and the ridge gourd with fresh coriander leaves and serve them with Indian flat breads or Naan.


  1. You can avoid peanut butter in the ingredients and still get a scrumptious stuffed okras.
  2. Use the same stuffing for small Brinjals and scooped out potatoes.
  3. If extra stuffing is left after filling the okras, smear it on each veggie or just add it during the cooking.
  4. Avoid using the store bought peanut butter for this recipe, as it contains sugar and will make the dish sweet.
  5. You can bake the okras instead of frying and reduce the fat in the recipe. Arrange the stuffed okras on a baking dish and bake at 210°C for about 10-15 minutes, turning once in between.


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  • Simply.food said:

    This sounds really delicious.love the homemade peanut butter which is sugar free.
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  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    Absolutely drooling over this stuffing, love the idea of adding peanut butter to the usual stuffing 🙂
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  • Priya said:

    Woww love the stuffing…flavourful and delicious..
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  • rebecca said:

    what a fun recipe love it
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  • Faith said:

    I really love the idea of stuffing okra! I bet peanut butter makes a tasty filling.

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  • vaishali said:

    a very good variation …got bored of my version of ridge gourds!!

  • love2cook said:

    Unique okra! Looks absolutely delicious 😉
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  • Deepa said:

    Awesome looking okra preparation dear.Very tempting dish.

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  • Sara's Corner said:

    Looks yummy and delicious.
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  • Hari Chandana said:

    Sounds interesting and tempting. thanks for sharing dear !!
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  • Jayashree said:

    I am not a big fan of store bought peanut butter, but your homemade version sounds so easy and looks good. Like the idea of using that as a stuffing in veggies.
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  • Raji said:

    This is really a new kind of stuffing for okras…I am sure even my kiddo will love this..it’s really difficult to decide on the daily lunch box menu for the kids…and I am glad about getting these kind of new ideas.
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  • Sharmilee said:

    Wow what an interesting idea…looks absolutely delicious

  • prathibha said:

    I posted a stuffed chilli wid peanuts n here u came wid bhindi..nice version for bhindi..looks yumm
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  • kankana said:

    I know very very few okra dish and this looks tempting! I have to give this a try 🙂
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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    I have used peanut butter in several curries. Stuffing it into vegetables is a great idea 🙂 thank you!

  • Srivandya said:

    The subzi is mouth watering. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Jayasri said:

    wow, thanks for sharing this recipe, I have some peanut butter, now I know what to do!, lovely clicks too…
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  • Joanne said:

    Oh my. You just took my love of peanut butter to a whole new level!
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  • Raks said:

    Nice recipe sanjeeta, never tried this way!
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  • shanthi said:

    Looks extremely awesome and gorgeous.

  • Sprouts of Spring said:

    What an innovative idea! I would love to try this out. I am really liking your recipes and website.

  • Priti said:

    Loved it …looks very gud dear
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  • Biren @ Roti n Rice said:

    Wow, peanut butter stuffed okra…I’ve gotta try this! Sounds delish! My boys’ summer holidays just started and it’s back to school for your kids. 🙂

  • Nitha said:

    Interesting one…
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  • Ananda Rajashekar said:

    ur fisrt make me crave for it, it is very new recipe for me, but okra is my most fav…very nice rrecipe Sanjeeta!

  • Sra said:

    How resourceful, Sanjeeta, who’d have thought of peanut butter and okra together in Indian cooking?
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  • Sweet Artichoke said:

    Oh my! these okra sound delightful, the idea of stuffing them with peanut butter is totally irresistible. I am surely giving it a try soon!

  • Heavenly Housewife said:

    I absolutely adore peanut butter, but I have never seen it used in this way. This really does sound fabulous.
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  • Radhika @ foodfor7stages said:

    You are really creative in the Kitchen. Most of your recipes showcase that. I am not a big fan of peanut butter but I am sure I will love this one.
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  • Jamie said:

    What an intriguing and unusual dish but one I could so eat a plateful of! I love peanut butter in savory dishes and the okra sounds just fabulous! Lucky kids!
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  • Barkha Dhar said:

    Wow! sumptuous. I am going to try this in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing it. Great blog and amazing tips.
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  • Carolyn said:

    Peanut butter stuffed okra, how wonderful! Never would have occured to me but it certainly looks and sounds fabulous. Sadly around here, I can’t send pb in to school with my kids, all the school systems are afraid of nut allergies!
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  • Magic of Spice said:

    What a unique and wonderful idea…I used to give my kids celery with peanut butter but would never have dreamed of this. Wonderful!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    This sounds so interesting! I’d love to try it!
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  • Kalyani said:

    it would be scandalous not to try this easy and breezy yet scrumptious flling !!! I could visit your posts all day dear 🙂


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  • Three-Cookies said:

    Peanut butter and okra – very creative, never heard of this before, sort of like satay okra. I love them both on its own, should be delicious. You have a range of interesting recipes
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  • latha said:

    homemade version is very i will try try and let u know very soon

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