Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Vendakkai puli pachadi / Ladys finger tamarind curry


Vendakkai puli pachadi


Ingredients (serves for 3)

vendakkai / ladys finger - 10 - 15 nos
tamarind - half lemon size
onion - 1/2
green chili - 3
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
urad dal - 1 tsp
curry leaves - few
cumin seeds - 2 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
salt - as needed
chili powder - 1/2 tsp
sambhar powder - 1 tsp
asafoetida - a pinch
oil - 2 tsp
grated coconut - 4 tsp



Method:


  • chop onion, green chili and lady's finger
  • grind grated coconut and 1 tsp of cumin seeds to a smooth thin paste
  • heat a heavy bottomed vessel with oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, 1 tsp of cumin seeds and green chili
  • once it splutters, add onion and ladys finger
  • fry till the ladys finger becomes non sticky
  • extract tamarind juice in 1 1/2 cup (1 cup size= 150 ml) of water and add it to the fried ladys finger
  • let it boil for few mins and then add turmeric powder, salt, chili powder and sambhar powder
  • mix well and cook until the raw smell goes off
  • add the coconut paste and asafoetida. Mix well.
  • cook it for 4 - 5 mins 
  • serve as a side dish for rice + dal varieties and for rotis. You can also mix with white rice. 

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