Friday, February 12, 2010

Vendakkai kara Pachadi / Okra Curry

Vendakkai / Okra is one of my favorite vegetables, but the only part i hate is how much time it takes to buy a tender bunch of these crunchy veggies...Ingredients:
1/2 lbs Okra
1 medium sided Onion (chopped)
1/2 cup Coconut shredded
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tbsp red Chilly powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Tamarind paste
1 sprig Curry leaves
1/2 cup Coriander leaves (chopped)
2 tbsp oil
1 no Kari Vadagam
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal
Salt to taste.
Wash the okra , cut the top and bottom ends.
Slit in the middle , chop and set aside.
Grind the coconut and cumin seeds to a fine paste adn set aside.
Heat 1 tbsp oil and crush the kari vadagam into it and saute.
Remove the kari vadagam from the kadai when it is fried well and gives off an aroma.
Heat the remaining oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds and urad dal.
When the mustard seeds splutter, add the curry leaves, onion, and saute.
When the Onion turn golden brown add the okra and saute for 3-4 minutes.
Now add coriander leaves,turmeric powder,chilly powder and saute for a minute.
Add salt tamarind paste and the ground coconut paste and the kari vadagam and bring the curry to a boil.
Let it simmer on medium heat for a few minutes.
Serve hot with steamed rice .

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