Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Vendakkai Poriyal

Vendakkai poriyal is one of my favourite from mom. This is her recipe and this recipe got a secret ingredient. i will reveal the secret in the ingredients list. before that let me ramble on these ladies fingers. Ladies Finger always remind me of my mom's fingers. i would say her fingers is the most beautifull one's, Thank God! she passed me 70% of it.

My mom and my grandmom prepares this poriyal for me exactly before and on the day of my mathematics exams. it is told that, on having ladies finger, you can score good marks in maths. Yes i am poor in maths. but i managed to score good marks, all bcoz of Vendakaai!!!

Ladies Finger

We went on a trip to Mysore & Ooty last week. Though Climate was not pleasing, we enjoyed the offseason with less crowd. I bought lots of vegetables from Ooty - Farmer's Market for very low prices. I bought Kg of these ladies fingers for Rs.8. They were so fresh and tender. whereas in chennai, i have to shed Rs. 20 for a Kilo. to get fresh ladies finger from my keera kaara amma. she brings it only on demand that too.

Vendakkai Poriyal Recipe

Prep Time10 mins 
Cooking Time: 10 mins  
Recipe CuisineIndian
Recipe TypeVegetable


1. Ladies Finger / Okra / Vendakaai - 1 Kg.
2. Red Onion - 1
3. Red Chilli Powder / Sambhar Powder - 3 tsp's
4. Corn Flour / Rice flour - 2 tsp's ( its secret!!)

For Tempering / Thalippu:

1. Oil - 2 tbsp's
2. Mustard - 1 tsp
3. Split Urad Dal - 1 tsp
4. Curry Leaves - 1 sprig

okra stir fry


Trim the head an tails of Ladies finger and slice the Ladies Finger very Finely.

Heat Oil in a Thick Bottomed Pan / Kadaai. add mustard and let it pop. add split urad dal and curry leaves. saute it.

Add chopped Red Onion to the Pan and fry it along. add salt and red chilli powder and saute it.

Now add the finely chopped Okra/ Ladies finger and fry it. it first turns into dark green colour and then it becomes sticky. when it becomes sticky add corn flour or Rice flour to the ladies finger and saute them. fry it for atleast 4-5 mins in slow flame, untill the ladies finger becomes less sticky and cooked.

vendakaai poriyal , sadham

serve with hot rice with Ghee or with sambhar rice.

okay what does the corn flour do, it helps in preventing the sticky and also it gives its share of taste. You can also add rice flour, it also does the same job and i love the rice flour version than the corn flour version.

Hope you will try and enjoy!!


  1. Mouthwatering! Wish I could get fresh Okras here. I have to make do with frozen packs but I love Okra dishes. Your's looks gorgeous and tasty.

  2. I ove ladies finger done like this, the onew we get here are too tough ones and i never buy them, they don't taste good at all. My plate of rice would like this too if i had this dish :-)

  3. Thanks Asha! I understand its tough to create magic with frozen ones.

    Ohh.. I just to love to eat this way first and then next with Sambhar. Thanks HC!

  4. the bhindi curry looks so green and fresh and tempting that I just want to grab it and have it.

  5. poriyal looks deliicous and crispy..

  6. This is my favorite. Yours looks wonderful Lavi and after seeing it, cant wait to make some myself.

  7. Adding cornflour/riceflour is really a secret that u've shared with us....Vendaka is my fav veggie...poriyal looks green and fresh!
    Ootya apdiye coimbatore poi irukalamla?!

  8. Very tempting..my favourite poriyal..

  9. I too was made to eat lady's finger saying that it helps in scoring good marks in maths ;) I love the vegetable though in any form, ur recipe is simple and a little different, thanks

  10. We too make okra with onion, but our method is way diff. from yours.Nice recipe, and beautiful layout and colour combos of the webpage.I really liked the whole feel of your blog .

  11. Adding cornflour sounds interesting...will try soon..

  12. really crunchy looking okras. nice tip abt the cornflour.

  13. Yeah you are right ,we use rice flour and we also add coconut at the end ...love ur version,it has a neat look! I love to eat with rice/nallennai/ghee !superb picture!

  14. Thank god we always have ooty weather here and the veggie are always fresh!
    Like ur secret!

  15. I too add rice flour in my vendakka poriyal for the added crispness it gives to the veggies.

  16. The okra looks so slender and fresh there... Back at Indian Grocery here they turn out to be thick and hairy and very very sticky... Okras are just so perfect to have with rice a simple dish and very comforting!!! Somehow I just hate the okra thats sold out here!!!


  17. Hi Lavi,
    Nice blog with interesting recipes.. tempting pics.. kaju katli is my favorite..

  18. Great vendakkai poriyal...its a fixture in our family too...

  19. you got veggies from Ooty,looks very fresh.Love okra dishes..

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    accidentally found your site on the internet, I am going to be coming back

    here yet again.Love Information Is Beautiful. Keep posting.Read a lot of blogs specially


  21. I am gonna try tomorrow.. :) Let me post comment after trying it. Anyway it looks delicious :)


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