Okra /Vendakka puli/Ladiesfinger in tamarind sauce

Vendakka puli is a tasty curry which goes very well with rice.

Tamarind and tomato ..why both? you may ask .Puli in my language(malayalam)means sour so it is a strong tangy dish. Not that sour that it will make your eyes close:) sourness is cut down with the coconut paste.Vendakka puli is usually served with  mild greens or beans etc..which will not overpower. 


Vendakka/Ladies finger/Okra-15-20

Onion-1 diced
Tomato-1 diced
Tamarind pulp-  2tsp or a lemon size  if using tamarind pieces(Soak tamarind in hot water.Squeeze out the pulp and keep it aside)
Coriander powder -2 tsp
Chili powder-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

For grinding: 

Dry red chillies flakes-1/2 tsp
small onion -3
grated coconut-1/2 cup
Grind all these to a fine paste.

For seasoning:

mustard seeds
small onions-3-4, cut into round pieces
garlic-2 cloves,cut into round pieces
Fenugreek seeds-1 tsp
Curry leaves-1 sprig


1.Cut okra/vendakka into half inch long pieces.
2. Heat little oil in a pan and saute the okra till sliminess disappears.
3.Add dices onion and tomato pieces and saute till onion becomes translucent.
4.Add tamarind extract ,turmeric powder,chili powder,coriander powder and let the vegetable pieces cook well.
5.Now add the ground coconut paste and let it just boil 2 to 3 minutes.Remove from stove.Don’t let the coconut curdle.
6.In another small pan fry seasoning ingredients in the order given above and pour over the curry.
Serve hot with steaming hot rice and other dishes.

2 Replies to “Okra /Vendakka puli/Ladiesfinger in tamarind sauce”

  1. Anju

    Hey Meena.. I tried this today and turned out good. Just wanted to bring to your notice that you have not mentioned the amount of Coriander pd. I have added around a tsp.. So I think it tasted slightly tart in the beginning.. To rectify this I added a pinch of sugar.. I think Coriander pd should be less.. I generally prepare vendakya theeyal or vendakya pachadi.. Now added one more type of vendakya curry to the list..I had it with rice and beet root thoran as side dish.. 🙂 Thanks for it..

  2. Meena Kumar

    Thank you so much for trying the recipe Anju. I have added the coriander pd thanks for pointing out. I too keep looking for curries to go with rice. If I find anything good will surely post it soon.

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