19 September 2011

Vendakka Masala/ Okra Masala

Okra/ Bhindi/Vendakka is one of my favourite vegetable. And this curry is one of the most simple and delicious one. This curry goes well with rice and rotis.

I have fond memories of making this curry while working at Bangalore. I had a long day at work almost till 7pm and then had to get back to my friends place where I stayed and then we friends had to cook dinner. It was really tiring but it was fun too. This was one of everyone's favorite that I used to prepare and it used to get over in minutes. :) And now after marriage I made this here at home and everyone loves it. My sis in law has been telling me to put up this recipe for quite some time now and here it is..


Vendakka/Bhindi - 1/4 kg
Onion - 1 large thinly sliced
Tomato - 2 medium
Green Chilly/ Red Fresh Chilly(pazhutha mulaku) - 2 slit into half
Ginger - 1/2 tsp chopped fine
Tamarind - size of a small lime
Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Mustard  seeds - 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Coconut oil - 2 tbsp + 1tsp
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Salt - as required

Chop Okra / Vendakka into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup warm water.
Heat a pan. Add the coconut for roasting. Stir till its golden brown.
Add the coriander powder, Chilly powder and turmeric powder.
Stir till the raw smell of the powders are gone.
Cool it and grind to a fine paste with very little water. Keep aside.
In a wok/pan heat 2 tbsp oil.
Stir fry the okra for a minute. Remove using a spotted spoon and keep aside.
In the same pan saute the onions.
Add the ginger and chilly.
Add the ground coconut along with 1 cup water.
Add the tomatoes and tamarind water.
Bring to a boil. Add salt.
Add the okra. Boil it till cooked.
In a small pan heat coconut oil. Add mustard seeds.When they pop add the curry leaves.
Pour the seasoning over the curry and serve hot with rice or roti.

The okra is stir fried so that it does not get sticky.
Reduce the amount of tamarind if you like it less tangy.
The coconut along with spices can be ground in a mixer with very less water.

Sending this post to Anyone Can Cook Series - 34 by Ayeesha of Taste of Pearl City under category with minimum amount of time.


  1. inviting curry..love your wooden ladle.. :-)

  2. i totally love vendakka pakshe i get the horrible frozen ones here :(

  3. Lovely presentation Rinku. I love the wooden agappai.

  4. wow delicious masala dear,loved this recipe totally...yummy!!!

  5. flavourful curry and you made it nicely

  6. Masala looks super delicious and inviting..

  7. I love anything in Okra. Just loved this spicy dish. :)

  8. love the recipe - adding to my "to do list"...how r u? hope alls well :)

  9. Pics of Okra Masala looks to be awesome and inviting.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  10. Thanks for visiting dear. Love this flavorful and gravy version of okra! Clicks are awesome too :-)

  11. The color of the curry is so so appetyzing ~love the combo of ingredients you used!

  12. Fabulous spicy curry with fresh okra its always loved by me.

  13. Looks delicious.. I usually make this with smaller piecesf of vendakka..

  14. Makes me drool,delicious and yummy curry with okra

  15. very delicious and flavourful okra masala..simple and lovely recipe..

  16. Ummm.. may be for my bloghop. ;o)

  17. I too love this curry... All at my home also big fan of this curry. Looks so inviting.


  18. luv this curry...any time...urs look soooo gud...

  19. Lovely clicks,looks so so delicious!

  20. Awesome presentation Rinku, its been so long since i have had okra in a tamarind gravy. My husband only likes okra as a fry so thats the only one i make. This looks yummy

  21. I can gobble up anything with vendakka .. my favorite. Curry looks yummy.

    Zesty Palette

  22. Thats a nice south indian style bhindi masala!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  23. Yum! Rinku, what a pity you never made it when I was in Blore :( Have bookmarked it, even R was drooling & asked me to prepare it ASAP :)

  24. yes rinku - i tried this.............just yummmmm!! loved it with rice.

  25. Curry looks so tempting.I love okra and I too make a similar curry but would love to try your version soon.


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