August 13, 2014

Vendakai Poriyal / Lady's finger Stir Fry / Okra Stir Fry

What comes to your mind, when you see Lady's finger?

For me, its always my childhood days. I used to feel very crazy when my mom and relatives say that eating this veggie will increase your mathematic ability. Yes ! Ofcourse, it is a way of making child to eat veggies and we tend to learn all this tantrums after becoming a parent. 
But elders are not wrong, this veggie has lots of nutrients like Vitamin A, K and C. This is very useful for weight loss and for diabetic patients as it contains lots of fiber. It control blood pressure and improves digestion. 

Recently, I read an article based on home remedy for dandruff by using this veggie but I haven't tried it. Cut vendakai / lady's finger horizontally and boil it for sometime. Add lemon juice and rinse the hair. Interesting right ? Please do let me if you have tried or knew this earlier and works well :)

Coming to today's recipe... yeah ! It's Raksha Bandan special recipe... My brother's fav recipe and he especially loves the mild tangy flavor of this stir fry. Very easy and healthy poriyal which is served with sambhar, kara kuzhambu and Rasam. This recipe is particular cooked in a low flame with a little patience till the gummy texture goes off. Adding Tamarind juice will remove the gummy texture and gives a mild tangy taste. 

Ingredients :

  • 10-15 Lady'sfinger, chopped into small roundels
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp jeera
  • 1Tsp Urad dal
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 Tsp Chilli powder
  • 2-3 Tsp Tamarind Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut, grated
  • Few Curry leaves
  • Salt to taste

Method :

  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
  • Once it starts spluttering, add jeera / cumin seeds followed by urad dal and curry leaves.
  • Add the chopped onion and fry it for couple of minutes in a low flame.
  • Now add the chopped vendakai/okra pieces and stir fry till its gummy texture goes off.
  • Add Chilli powder followed by Turmeric powder and salt.
  • Mix well and add Tamarind juice.
  • Close the lid and cook for 4-5 minutes in a low flame.
  • Once it gets cooked, add the grated coconut and mix well.
  • Switch off the flame and serve.

Serving Options :

Serve with rice and goes well with sambhar, kara kuzhambu and Rasam.

Linking this recipe with Gayathri's "WTML"


  1. Tempting vendakka favorite... Looks yummy!

  2. my favorite fry ,nice clicks dear

  3. Who can resist to this protein rich stir fry, love with curd rice..

  4. wow such an tempting and delicious stir fry :) perfect with curd rice !!