Friday, February 16, 2007

Malli masala/Coriander masala and Vendaikkai poriyal/Okra fry

Malli masala or coriander leaves masala, i was attracted to name itself when my friend R told me about this masala and tried it in a day itself.Made with two whole bunches of coriander leaves and its spicy and tangy in taste.Thanks to R for sharing this delicious recipe.You can have it as a side dish or just mix it with rice itself.It is good for dosas/idlies and rotis also.

Malli masala


Coriander leaves - 2 whole bunches
Tamarind paste - about 2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2tsp
Asafoedita - a pinch
Garlic - 4 pods (chopped fine)
Onion - 1 (chopped fine)
Oil - 2tsp
Salt - as needed

Dry roast and powder the following :

Channa dal - 2tsp
Red chillies - 6
Dania seeds - 2tsp
Jeera - 1/2tsp


Heat oil in a pan, fry well onions,garlic,turmeric and coriander leaves.Once the everything is fried well add tamarind,salt and powdered masala.Add necessary water to make a thick gravy.Let it boil till the raw smell goes away.To get a smooth texture , i just grinded it in a blender before serving.Serve it with rice/roti.

Malli masala served with rice and broccoflower curry.

Vendaikkai poriyal / Okra fry

Okra is one.of my most fav. vegetable, i love this fry especially.


Okra - 2 cups(chopped)
Onion - 2tbsp(chopped)
Green chillies - 2 ( chopped)
Mustard - 1tsp
Urad dal -1/2tsp
Curry leaves - as needed
Salt - as needed
Oil - 2tsp


In a heavy bottomed pan heat oil.Fry mustard,urad dal,curry leaves,green chillies and onion.Once the onion turn brown add the chopped okra and salt.Fry well till all that sticky paste is evaporated.Follow the tip below to get the sticy paste evaporate soon enough.

Tips :Add 1tbsp of yogurt as soon as you add okra into the pan.This helps the stickyness to go away soon.


J said...

Hi Mahi,
I love malli in any form! And Vendakkaya too! Nice recipes. Keep them coming.:)

FH said...

Hi Mahesh,LOVE the Malli masala,never heard of that but looks and sounds great.I make that okra fry.Great recipes.

Unknown said...

Thanks Jyotsna, i too love malli.I usually grind ginger,garlic ,mailli together and store.

Thanks Asha, try this ne's so delicious..

Manjula said...

Malli masala sounds good. Thanks for posting a very rare recipe. WIll try this right away.
I never do Okra fry without tamarind paste in it. You poriyal looks good. Nice tip to avoid a gooey mess.

Anonymous said...

Hi Maheswari, This recipe is new to me But the recipe looks yum with the tamarind , red chilli , garlic, in it:)Malli is coriander leaves in ur language?

Anonymous said...

Nice tip to get rid of the stickiness of the okra; will try it next time! and the malli masala looks so appetizing..interesting that the green color of the coriander does not stand up to the onion and spices!!thanks for sharing,Nalini

Mrs. K said...

I have never heard of malli masala too. Looks too good and so is okra fry.

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sra said...

How unusual, this coriander masala! Must try it soon.

Seema Bhat said...

Malli masala sounds so very new and great for me. I am sure you can just have it with anything and everything. Gottu make this one and okra fry is my hubby's all time fav.

indosungod said...

Malli Masala looks tasty. This is the first time I have heard of it but looks like it would go well with pretty much anything. Vendaikkai poriyal is a everybody's favorite in our house.

Unknown said...

Thanks Manjula, i loved this malli masala.Do give it a try.Yogurt really helps to get rid of gooey mess.

Thanks Archana,Yeap..Malli is coriander leaves in tamil.

Thanks Nalini,yogurt really helps.

Thanks Rp, This is the first i tried this.Glad i tried, it was delicious.

Thanks sra, give it a try..

Thanks seema.Yea, this masala goes with pretty much everthing from idli to roti.Seems okra fry is everyone's fav.

Thanks Indo,yeap..i had this masala with curd rice, just plain rice, uppuma and chappathi..give it a try..

USHA said...

Hi Maheswari,

Malli masala looks great,i use to prepare chutney....let me try your version once....

I liked your tip on ladyfig.curry,i never used yogurt.
Now-a-days when i get irritated while chopping oinon, i'm using your tips (fridge)...Thanks

Bong Mom said...

Loved the Malli masala, looks so yummy too. Also liked your way of making Okra, shall try it this way too

Mandira said...

Wow, this is new but looks and sounds delicious. Will try it out. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Ur Bhendi dish reminds me my mom's. she uses tadaka when she makes this dish.

I never heard of malli masala but i'm sure my husband will know.

Sia said...

wow mahi... never heard of malli masal. i kinda like that name... :) book marking this recipe:)

Anonymous said...

Malli masala is completely new to me, but sounds good. I love okra.

Vcuisine said...

Hi Maheswari, Very nice dish, and good presentation. Spicy too I feel. Viji

Sri said...

Wow malli masala is so tempting...have to try it...okra looking good.