Most of you must be familiar with bhindi masala, vendakkai poriyal, stuffed lady's finger etc but many will not be knowing about this vendakkai puli kootu. This is a typical Tamil Brahmin recipe which is very common in my house. I do not make any sambar or rasam when I prepare this dish. I just prepare any vegetable curry or thuvayal as it goes well along with this.
How to make Vendakkai Puli Pachadi
Prep time -under 15 mins
Cook time -under 30 mins
Serves - 4
Lady's finger - 1/2 kg /500 grams
Green chillies - 6-7 slit
Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
Sambar powder - 1 tsp
Curd - 1 tsp
Tamarind - small gooseberry sized ball
Rice flour - 1 tsp mixed with a tbsp of water
Tur dal - 2 tbsp or 1 ladle of cooked tur dal (optional)
Salt as required
For the seasoning
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Bengal gram/channa dal - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Red chilli - 1
Hing - a pinch
Curry leaves - few
Wash lady's finger, wipe it dry with a kitchen towel and cut it into small rounds. Discard the head and tail.
Soak tamarind in 3/4 cup warm water and extract tamarind juice. Discard the pulp.
Pressure cook tur dal till soft.
Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutter, add channa dal, urad dal, red chilli, hing and curry leaves.
When dal turns golden brown, add lady's finger, slit green chillies and cook for a few minutes. Don't forget to stir in between while cooking. After it is cooked a little, add sambar powder, turmeric powder, curd, salt needed and cook covered in medium flame.
Once the lady's finger is half cooked, add a cup of hot water and cook for some more time.
When the vegetable is almost cooked, add tamarind water and boil till the raw flavor of the tamarind goes.
Now add the rice flour mix and the cooked dal and boil until it thickens a little.
Tips to prevent okra/bhindi from becoming sticky while cooking
1. After washing the vegetable, wipe it dry with a cloth. The cutter and the knife should also be dry.
2. Adding a tsp of curd while cooking lady's finger helps to prevent it from becoming sticky.
3.Adding a few drops of lemon juice also help.
4. Adding a tsp of besan (kadalai mavu) also works.
More Lady's finger recipes
Stuffed Lady's finger curry
Lady's finger kootu with tomatoes
Vendakkai Thayir Pachadi
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