Ladies Finger/Okra is Vendakkai in Tamil. We make different recipes using Ladies finger-like stir fry, sambar, rice, tangy gravy (Puli Kuzhambu) and so on. Puli Kuzhambu is a tangy thick gravy that goes well with white rice, dosa or idly. I make this gravy very often and store them for 2 to 3 days. This gravy tastes great on the 2nd or 3rd day. We also like ladies finger rice which is very easy to make and also a healthy lunch box option for kids.
I prefer shallots but if you don’t have small onions then replace them with big ones. Using gingelly oil gives good flavour and taste if not go for any cooking oil.
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Here is the step by step process for Vendakkai Puli Kuzhambu:
Cut ladies finger into one-inch pieces. Take a pan, add 3 tbsp oil,
add chopped ladies finger, salt to taste and saute for 6 to 7 minutes.
Once ladies finger is 70 % cooked, now remove it from heat and keep it aside.
Now take the same pan, add 4 tbsp oil, add 1 cup shallots, 4 to 5 garlic cloves,
2 small pieces of ginger and saute for few minutes.
Then add 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 2 tomatoes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Now add ¼ cup grated coconut and mix along with onion and tomato.
Then allow the mixture to cool down completely and make a smooth paste.
In the same pan, add 5 tbsp oil, 1 tsp mustard seeds,
1 tsp urad dal, ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds and allow it to temper.
Now add the ground paste along with 2 cups of water and mix well.
Add a handful of curry leaves,
salt to taste, 1 ½ tbsp chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, ½ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp sambar powder and mix everything well.
Now add 1 cup tamarind water and give it a mix. Add 5 tbsp oil but it is completely optional. Allow the curry to cook for 4 to 5 minutes to remove the raw smell.
Then add the cooked ladies finger and cover the pan and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
Adjust the thickness according to your preference.
Serve with rice, dosa or idly.
Vendakkai Puli Kuzhambu | Okra Curry in Tamarind Sauce (VIDEO)
Ladies Finger cooked along with shallots, tomato, coconut, basic Indian spices, Tamarind water to make a thick gravy which goes excellent with white rice, dosa or idly.