Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Okra/Vendakkai Fry

Vendakkai or Okra is a low calorie vegetable but high in nutrients. Since childhood, we are served Vendakkai as a vegetable that helps us learn Mathematics better. I tell my son the same. I dont know how far it is true. Recently I learnt that Cleopatra also loved okra as it helps reduce pimples and maintain smooth skin. For more about okra, check out here and here.

Here is the easy fry recipe.
Ladysfinger/Okra/Vendakkai 400g
Dried Red Chillies 3
Sambar Powder 1 tbsp (Leveled)
Pearl Onions 5
Curry Leaves 4
Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Split Urad Dhal ½ tsp

Chop Ladysfinger and Pearl Onions finely.
Cut Chillies into two halves.

Heat Oil in a pan.  When it is hot, add Mustard Seeds.  Wait till it pops up, Reduce Flame.
Add Pearl Onions, Chillies and Curry Leaves. Fry till they become slightly brown.

Add chopped Ladysfinger, Sambar Powder and Salt. Mix well. Fry on a low flame until its sliminess reduces and gets a slightly roasted coating with Sambar Powder.

Serve with Rice and Sambar or Kuzhambu.

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