Friday, September 16, 2011

Okra / Vendaikkai Pachadi

Okra contains Vitamin A & C and is a good source of Iron & Calcium. To get rid of its sliminess, it is either stir-fried for a long time on a low flame, or acidic ingredients like Tamarind, Tomato or Yoghurt is added which also helps its cooking faster.

This is a simple and usual stir fry but with the addition of Tamarind. I learnt this recipe from my Chithi (Mom’s sister) and very much fond of this because of its tangy taste. This goes well with Curd Rice or Rice with Sambar / Dhal Curry.

  • Okra ½ kg
  • Sambar Powder 1 tbsp leveled
  • Turmeric Powder 1/8 tsp
  • Asafoetida 1-2 pinch
  • Dried Red Chillies 1-2
  • Tamarind – small gooseberry size
  • Pearl Onions 3-4
  • Curry Leaves 4-5
  • Mustard Seeds and Urad Dhal ½ tsp each
  • Water 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt
  • Oil

  • Cut Okra into very fine pieces. Peel and Chop Pearl Onions. 
  • Cut Chillies into two. Soak Tamarind in water for 2-3 minutes and extract its Juice.

  • Heat little Oil in a Pan. When hot, add Mustard seeds. Wait till it pops up and then add Urad Dhal & Curry Leaves. 
  • Few seconds later, add Onions and fry till slightly brown.
  • Add chopped Okra. Sprinkle all the Powders and Salt. Mix well and fry for a while.
  • Now add Tamarind Juice. Mix well and fry till done.

Serves: 2
Serve with Rice and Sambar/Dhal Curry/Curd.

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munchmunchcrunchcrunch said...

looks great...i have never tried it with tamarind juice...okra as it is has a tendency to get soggy...doesn't adding tamarind make it soggy or is it supposed to be little gravy like?

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Laxmipriya said...

No arthi, we add only few spoons of juice; it gets absorbed soon; its sliminess goes off and gets cooked faster.. This is a stir fry not gravy..

Unknown said...

Okra is my favorite. I always love to have this puli pachadi with dhal.


Rani acharyulu said...

Delicious Okra recipe looks yummy..i used to add yogurt..this time will try with tamarind juice.

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks superb, love this kind of recipes...wanna try this right away:)

Sobha Shyam said...

simple okra fry, looks superb, love the addition of tamarind, will try it this way soon..

Sangeetha M said...

looks so inviting and lovely preparation...adding tamarind juice is new n will try sometime..

Lifewithspices said...

addition of tamarind sounds new n good..

Treat and Trick said...

Looks perfect and so yum!

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks delicious and tempting :)

Priya Suresh said...

Healthy and delicious pachadi..

Sravs said...

Looks yummy !!

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Padhu Sankar said...

I too prepare this but slightly watery .We call it kootu

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Ramya said...

adding tamarind to this is completely new to me

aipi said...

Really glad to find another cool new way to eat n cook okra :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Pachadi looks to be very easy to prepare and delicious.

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Jayanthy Kumaran said...

sounds new n tasty..:P
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Saji said...

Sounds interesting!!!! Never tried adding tamarind juice 2 okra...

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Gopika Ram said...

One of my fav recipes :D Looks so yum.. Love it..

Priya Sreeram said...

this pachadi is my hubby's fav- looks good