Vendakka Puli
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Vendakka Puli / Ladies Finger – Okra Tamarind Curry (Palakkad style)

Vendakka Puli

Hello Everyone…

I have never been a fan of ladies finger, until I tasted this dish. I always had an aversion towards ladies finger since childhood, because its sticky and not appealing to eyes.

As a child I loved eating from my Granny’s plate, and once she convinced me to have ladies finger; and I obliged. This is dish she convinced my to have; and this became my favourite ever since.

My husband being a Tamilian did not have particular affinity towards coconut and he preferred dishes which are spicy and without coconut. But after preparing Vendakka Puli he loved it so much that Ladies finger became a permanent item in our weekly grocery list. He loves having it with rice, idli or dosa, while I prefer it with only rice.

You need only basic ingredients to whip up this yummy dish, Recipe as follows


Ladies finger/ Okra – 250 grams chopped.

Coconut- Paste half a coconut with a pinch of cumin seeds

Tomato- 1 large cubed

Green chilli (Optional)- 2 split

Pearl onion/ Shallots- 8- 12 split

Tamarind- Pulp of one lemon sized

Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp

Chilli Powder- 1 tsp

Coriander Powder- 2 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds / Uluva/ Vendayam- 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves- 1 sprig

Coconut Oil- 2 tbsp

Water- as per requirement

Salt – as per requirement



Pour 1 tbsp of coconut oil in kadai. Add the chopped ladies finger and a pinch of turmeric powder. Fry them till the stickiness is gone, and set aside.

Pour 1 tbsp coconut oil in kadai and splutter the mustard seeds. Add fenugreek seeds, and once they start to change colour, add chopped shallots and curry leaves. Fry them till the shallots start to give a nice aroma. To this, add the tamarind pulp and cup of water. To this add turmeric powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, green chillies and salt. Once it starts boiling, add the ladies finger, tomato , give it a stir and close the kadai with a lid and cook in medium flame for about 10 minutes.

Once its cooked, add coconut paste and cup of water. Adjust  taste as per the sourness of tamarind. Let it boil in medium flame for another 10 minutes, and done!

Serve it with hot rice and devour  🙂

Give this recipe a try and let me know how it turned out for you.

Happy Cooking!



Pour 1 tbsp coconut oil

Add chopped ladies finger and turmeric powder.

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Fry them till the stickiness is gone, and set aside.

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Pour 1 tbsp coconut oil

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Add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.

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Add chopped shallots and curry leaves and fry till shallots become aromatic

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Add tamarind pulp and a cup of water.

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Add green chillies, chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.

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Add tomato and ladies finger.

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Cover and cook in medium flame for 10 minutes.

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Its cooked now.

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Add coconut paste, a cup of water and adjust taste as per the sourness of tamarind.

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Here I have served Vendakka Puli along with hot rice, Pacha Payar Upperi, a glass of butter milk and store bought mango pickle. It was yummy!

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