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. Today we will learn how to make ladies finger puli kootu following this easy recipe.
Wash ladies 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 ladies 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 on medium flame.
Once the ladies 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.
Serve it with plain rice and a vegetable curry.
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 Ladies finger recipes
Stuffed Ladies finger curry
Ladies finger kootu with tomatoes (another version)
Vendakkai Thayir Pachadi
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