Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vendakkai Puli/Vendakkai Puli Pachadi

Lady’s finger is our family’s favourite vegetable. We like it in Sambar, Thayir Pachadi, a simple stir fry or like this puli pachadi. This is a tangy sauce prepared using tamarind, lady’s finger and some simple spices. It tastes great with Molagootal or even with curd rice.

Serves – 3 to 4
What you’ll need
  1. Lady’s Finger - 10 to 12 Medium sized
  2. Tamarind – Gooseberry sized ball
  3. Ginger – a small piece
  4. Green Chilly – 1, slit
  5. Rasa Podi – ½ tbsp
  6. Jaggery – 1 tbsp
  7. Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Oil – 1 tsp
  10. Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
  11. Curry Leaves – few

  1. Soak the tamarind in hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Squeeze and extract the pulp with about 2 cups of water.
  3. Wash and pat dry the lady’s finger and cut into ½ inch sized pieces.
  4. Heat a Kadai with oil, temper with mustard seeds.
  5. Add the curry leaves, slit green chilly, grated ginger and sauté for a min.
  6. Add the lady’s finger, turmeric powder and sambar powder and fry on medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Add the 2 cups of tamarind water, Jaggery and salt to taste.
  8. Bring to boil, then lower the heat and let it boil for another 8 to 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
  9. Remove from heat.

Serve warm with Keerai Molagootal.

  1. Don’t skip the ginger and green chilly as they give a special flavour to the pachadi.
  2. You can substitute the Rasam powder with Sambar powder or ½ tsp of chilli powder.
  3. At the end if you feel the sauce is not thickened enough to your liking, you can mix a tsp of rice flour in water and add and bring to a boil. I personally don’t like to add rice flour.


Chandrani Banerjee said...

Bhindi curry looks yumm.

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Manjula Bharath said...

very very delicious and tangy puli pachadi :) love the addition rasam pd in it :)

Hema said...

I have not added ginger, it should have given a nice different flavor to the dish, as you said great with some curd rice..

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Nice preparation..looks delicious and the first click is awesome Kaveri..

Swathi Iyer said...

vendakka puli pachadi looks delicious.

Sangeetha M said...

this method of okra with tamarind sounds too good, never tried tamarind-ginger-green chilli combo, will def try it sometime soon..thanks!

Maha Gadde said...

luv bhendi..need sum rice now...Yummy.

Nagashree said...

Yummy, Okra is my favorite veggie too.

Raji Ramakrishnan said...

hi kaveri

i love this with chutta appalam


Rafeeda AR said...

this is so good... i love tangy curries with ladysfinger, umma makes something similar, u are reminding me of it... :)

Shweta Arora said...

Delicious Okra Curry

Gayathri Ramanan said...

tangy and tempting dish..looks so good

Archana said...

I tried it out!! It went very well with podalanga molagootal! Thanks for posting this recipe. I am truly inspired by you website to make different things!

Anonymous said...

I tried this today. Excellent dish.thank you for the help.

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