Friday, March 20, 2009

Vendaikkai Puzhicurry/Fried Okra in Coconut-tamarind based curry

Hey all,
I'm back after long time and hoping to blog regularly from here onwards. Finally got some ideas to keep my toddler girl busy while i am experimenting over the kitchen.It took almost 1 year for me and rest of the family to adjust to her routine..:D.Everything revolves around her, her nap time, her play time, her tantrums etc.Anyways got idea of few things she like to make her super busy , if i need some time for cooking.

Vendaikkai Puzhi curry is a favourite dish of my dear S.His mom makes this every week with different vegetables.This dish is made with fried vendaikkai/okra and coconut-tamarind gravy.You can subsitute okra with drumsticks,brinjals,cucumber,or all veggies together.


Vendaikkai/okra - 10 no.s (cut into half)
Coconut - 1/2 cup (shredded)
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Garlic - 1 small pod
Whole red chillies - 8-10 no.s
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind - 1 lemon size ( soak it in 1 1/2cups of water and extract the juice)
Salt - as needed
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1/24tsp
Curry leaves - a few

For frying Okra

Okra - as mentioned above
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - 2 pinches
Red chilli powder - 1/4tsp
Turmeric powder - 2 pinches


Grind coconut,garlic,jeera,red chillies and turmeric powder into a fine paste.In pan heat 2 tbsp of oil and fry vendaikkai/okra.Add salt,turmeric and red chilli powder and fry till they are somewhat crispy.In another pan, heat tamarind extract with grinded coconut paste and salt.*At this point, add little water if you want).Let this boil till raw smell goes and gravy thickens.Now add fried okra into this and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.Finally for tadka, heat 1 tbsp of oil, fry mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds,curry leaves and pour this into the gravy.Serve it hot with rice.

Vendaikkai Puzhi Curry

Rice served with Cucumber/Vellarikkai Puzhi Curry and Vazhakkai Thoran


Varsha Vipins said...

Thats one of my fav dish..looks tasty..:)

Lavanya said...

i guess first time here..nice to more curry made of lady i had seen many recipes made of this vegetable and all are new to me ..feeling happy by learning many recipes of my all time fav veggie!!

Ann said...

Looks yummy and special..okra buddy am too dear

Happy cook said...

I havenever had okra like this, it looks so yummy deliicous.

Asha said...

Glad somebody is there to help you out. Your girl is growing up so fast, enjoy her. Bendekai dish, slurp. I will give it a try too, love Okra! :)

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Biswajit said...

I was always skeptical while cooking never came out right for me. But i liked the way you explained it so simply. I am going to try it on

Gita's Kitchen said...

Hi welcome back with such a delicious dish! Can I have that plate please :)

Shivapriya said...

I totally understand how difficult to keep running around toddler busy:) We make something similar, bendakaya pulusu. Looks yummy,

delhibelle said...


meeso said...

Welcome back! Kids demand a lot for awhile, but luckily, it gets easier and they can become a big help :) This looks really tasty!

Divya Vikram said...

Great to hear about your kid. Kuzhambu looks delicious.

Cham said...

Glad that u re back Mahe, Vendakkai pulli kozhambu looks so delicous!

meeso said...

I tried this the other night my daughter and I really enjoyed it :)

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uma said...

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