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Vendakkai Mandi ~ Chettinadu Ladies Finger /Okra Curry !

Among the chettinadu recipes I tried so far,this ladies finger curry tastes almost unique.Very light in texture and taste,this yummy curry is enough to prove that real chettinadu recipes are way ahead of the spicy rich curries most hotels serve.If you are looking for a simple curry with okra / vendakkai ,this is yours.Try and see.

Ingredients

250 gm ladies fingers /okra/vendakkai,chopped into 1/2 ” pieces
1.5 cups water (real authentic mandi calls for water used for washing rice)
2 medium tomatoes,chopped
3/4 tsp tamarind paste
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
salt,oil as required

To Temper

2 tsp oil
3/4 tsp mustard seeds
3/4 tsp black gram dal /uzhunnu parippu
handful of shallots,chopped
3 green chillies,slit
5 garlic cloves
curry leaves

Method
Wash and wipe ladies fingers to chop into 1/2”pieces.In a pan heat oil and roast the chopped ladies finger till light brown.Keep aside.
Heat oil in another curry pot or thick-bottomed vessel and temper with mustard and black gram dal.Add chopped shallots,garlic,green chillies and saute till shallots turn light brown.Drop curry leaves and continue roasting for few more minutes.Pour the rice water / water,tomatoes and salt.Bring to boil and let it be for 5 minutes.Now reduce the heat and add the fried ladies fingers and tamarind extract.Mix well and increase the heat.Boil till the gravy thickens and vegetables are cooked well.At this stage add coconut milk and simmer for two minutes.Switch off and check the seasoning.Serve hot with rice.

*Recipe Source : Sabita Radhakrishna’s Aaharam

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28 comments on “Vendakkai Mandi ~ Chettinadu Ladies Finger /Okra Curry !

  1. Princy Vinoth
    September 20, 2012

    Never heard of this curry…must try it out soon.lovely cclicks.

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  2. Hema
    September 20, 2012

    A very traditional recipe, looks good..

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  3. PT
    September 20, 2012

    love it always.. the flavor of tamarind makes it more mouthwatery 🙂

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  4. Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj
    September 20, 2012

    nice one… always like chettinadu foods…
    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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  5. Suja Manoj
    September 20, 2012

    Tangy and flavorful dish,love okra and this recipe is this recipe is awesome dear.

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  6. Zareena
    September 20, 2012

    looks really yummy. Never tried this before.

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  7. tamilsasikitchen
    September 20, 2012

    Delicious okra curry….love it….

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  8. Vimitha Anand
    September 20, 2012

    Thats a very new recipe to me.. should try soon…

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  9. Reshmi Mahesh
    September 20, 2012

    New to me…Curry looks delicious…

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  10. Teena Mary
    September 20, 2012

    Very tasty recipe!! Bookmarked to try 🙂

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  11. Teena Mary
    September 20, 2012

    Tried out just now & it came out really tasty! Thnx for the recipe 🙂

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  12. Julie
    September 21, 2012

    wow..yummy & delicious..Love the coconut milk flavor in it!!
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  13. Shweta in the Kitchen
    September 21, 2012

    New for me, looks delicious

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  14. Poorni
    September 21, 2012

    traditional delicious recipe ..

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  15. Saraswathi Tharagaram
    September 21, 2012

    Good looking traditional recipe..

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  16. Muraligeetham
    September 21, 2012

    curry looks so delicious!

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  17. Archana Potdar
    September 21, 2012

    Looks and sounds yum.

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  18. Bikramjit
    September 21, 2012

    MY favourite vegetable always 🙂

    Bikram's

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  19. Priya Satheesh
    September 22, 2012

    Flavorful n sounds delicious!

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  20. Insignia
    September 22, 2012

    Its a simple and tasty dish. I love vendakkais a lot 🙂

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  21. Divya Pramil
    September 22, 2012

    As said in Chettinad mandis they use water used to wash rice..It gives an excellent flavor actually 🙂 Loved your okra click 🙂 Well prepared!!
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  22. Shabbu
    September 22, 2012

    Looks delicious…nice one..
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  23. divya
    September 22, 2012

    Wow yummy yum!! Loved the preparation :)u have wonderful blog…love to follow u

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  24. Priya
    September 24, 2012

    Wat an authentic dish, mandi looks fabulous and irresistible.

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  25. Lubna Karim
    September 24, 2012

    That's new to me…looks drool worthy…

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  26. Nupur
    November 8, 2012

    Hey .. lovely Blog.. I like the header specially .. !!

    Truly Glad to follow you … would hop over again to see more 🙂

    Love
    Nupur

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