Lady’s finger also know as okra is very common in Indian cooking.Okra is known as Vendakkai in Tamil and Bhindi in Hindi. Lady’s finger can be grown at home easily. Home grown lady’s finger gets cooked quickly and also tastes very delicious. I harvested some vendakkai from my kitchen garden and made this simple vendakkai poriyal-curry without onion and garlic.
Wash ladies finger well, wipe it dry with a clean cloth. Then cut off the head and the tail. Then cut it into small pieces as seen in the picture above.(not too small as it will become sticky)
Heat oil in a pan or kadai, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal and curry leaves.
Saute till dal turns golden brown, then add the lady’s finger, cover and cook.
After it is slightly cooked, add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt needed, 1 tsp curd and cook uncovered till it changes color and is slightly crispy.
Keep stirring it now and then for even cooking. This curry can be served as a side dish for rasam and sambar rice.
Tips – Curd is added to prevent the lady’s finger from becoming sticky. You can also add a tsp of besan (kadalai mavu) instead of curd.
Add a few drop of lemon juice while cooking lady’s finger for crispy bhindi fry.
Variations – Fry 2 tsp of channa dal (kadalai paruppu), 2 tsp of coriander seeds (malli) and 4 dry red chillies in 1/2 tsp of oil until dal turns golden brown. Powder it coarsely and use that podi/powder as required to give a nice flavor to the curry. Check out my vegetable curry podi for more details.
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