Wednesday 17 April 2013

Vendakkai/Okra/Ladies finger Curry

I am great fan of Vendakkai, we used to grow them in our own back yard in Chennai in our school holidays. It used to be so much fun and golden memories. My Aathaa(grandma) usually says eat lots of vendakkai it improves your memory power, that is what the ancient Ayurveda also says. Vendakkai has other benefits like boosting your immunity, getting rid of body toxins, controlling blood sugar etc.

Now let’s see how to make a simple Okra curry/vedakkai curry with photos…


500 gm
Mustard seeds
½ tsp
Cumin seeds
½ tsp
Urad dhal
1 tsp
Red chilli powder
1 tsp (adjust according to taste)
Turmeric powder
¼ tsp
One pinch
Curry leaves
5 – 6
As needed
Black pepper powder
½ tsp (optional)
2 tsp


Wash and pat dry okras really well, otherwise it will very sticky when you chop them.
Now cut off the ends and chop them to small pieces.

In a kadai heat 2 tsp of oil, add mustard seeds after it splutters, add the cumin seeds, urad dhal, curry leaves and sauté for 20 sec or until you get nice aroma. Now add the cut okra, asafoetida and give it a good toss.

Add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix really well. Cover it and cook for 1-2 min. This creates the steam and helps to cook the okra.

Now remove the lid and give a good stir, be careful don’t make it mushy. Now let it cook for 5 -7 min. After the okra is cooked, if needed add more oil and fry it to be crispy.

I finally add the black pepper powder, gave a good stir and switched off the stove.


You can add one finely chopped and one finely chopped tomatoes as well. This should be added before adding the okra. The onion has to be sautéed until golden brown and tomatoes a little mushy. Later on add the okra and proceed the same way.

Yummy and delicious Vendakkai curry is ready to be enjoyed. It is a perfect side dish with any rice and I especially prefer it with thayir sadam.

Thank you all for visiting my blog, please come back again for more healthy and yummy side dishes.
Until then I am signing off...


  1. Lovely ! I prepare this every other day in these days!

  2. I love Bhindi :-) Thanks for Sharing :-)

  3. looks inviting... i will your version sometime...

  4. Superb ladies finger side, make my mouth water :) yum love to have this with kanji rice

  5. Another popular veg among the Indians. We too eat loads of it and this curry is awesome, that splatter of spices and chili are not to be missed for the wonderful taste.


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