Jul 052022
Vendaikkai Puli Kuzhambu / Ladies Finger -Tamarind Curry

Vendaikkai Puli Kuzhambu / Ladies Finger -Tamarind Curry is a traditional vegetarian recipe with a tangy, spicy, sweet taste. you can have it with plain boiled rice and with roti, idly. For the dry recipe of okra LADIES FINGER FRY/ VENDAKAI PORIYAL/ BHINDI FRY RECIPE.

Vendikkai / Okra Health Benefits :

  • It is rich in antioxidants and prevents inflammation.
  • It has a good amount of folate, to meet the daily needs of pregnant women.
  • Helps to improve fertility and increases the chances of conceiving.
  • Maintains Balanced Blood sugar level and treats Type 1, and Type 2 diabetes.
  • Lowers the cholesterol level and decreases the risk of heart diseases.
  • Okra pods help to improve eyesight and healthy skin.
Vendaikkai Puli Kuzhambu / Ladies Finger -Tamarind Curry

Vendaikkai Puli Kuzhambu / Ladies Finger -Tamarind Curry

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Veg, veg curry
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 250 grams Vendaikkai / Ladies finger / okra
  • 1/2 cup skin peeled Shallots
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut pieces
  • 1 no Lemon size- Tamarind
  • 1 no Tomato (Big Size)
  • 10 no Garlic (SKin Peeled)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 no Onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Homemade Kuzhambu masala powder.
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

Preparation :

  •  Heat a pan add 1 tsp of oil, and 1/2 cup of skin-peeled shallots saute well until it turns golden brown.
    Once the shallots turn out golden brown. Turn off the flame and Add it to the blender with 1/4 cup of coconut pieces.
     Blend well into a smooth paste by adding water. keep it aside.
  • Add the chopped big-size tomato to the blend, and blend well into a smooth paste. Keep it aside.
  • Soak small size lemon tamarind in a cup of water, and allow it to soak for about 10 min.
    Squeeze the tamarind with your hands and extract the tamarind juice, keep it aside. Discard the pulp.
  • Wash the 250 grams of okra with the water and cut it to 1-inch size (fig i). keep it aside. (fig ii) if you like 10 nos of skin-peeled garlic and keep it aside.
    Heat 3 tsp of oil in the pan. Add the chopped okra/ Ladies finger and saute well, until the sticky goes away from the okra. keep it aside.

Method :

  • Fig xi: Heat a Kadai to add 1 tbsp of gingerly oil. once the oil gets heated up add 1 tsp of cumin seeds, 10 nos of garlic, 1 no of big-sized chopped onion, and salt to taste. saute well, until the onions become glossy.
    Fig xii: Once the onion turns glossy and light golden color. Add the sauteed Lady's finger. Mix and cook for 1 min.
  • Now, add your 2 tbsp of homemade Kuzhambu masala powder. (adjust the kuzhambu masala powder up to your spicy level ). Click the link for Homemade Kuzhambu masala powder. Mix well and cook for a min.
  • Now, add the tomato puree and mix well.Check for salt and mix well and cook for a min.
  • Now, add the extracted tamarind juice and mix well.Add half a cup of water. cover it with a lid and cook for 8-9 min.
  • Now add the onion -coconut paste and mix well. Now you can check for spicy and salt levels. if you want more spicy, add a tsp of chili powder. Cover it with a lid and cook for about 5-6 min.
  • Once the froth comes, mix well and cook for 2- 3 min until the oil gets separated.
  • Yummy !! Delicious !! Lady’s finger – tamarind curry is ready to serve. Serve it hot with the plain steamed rice.
Keyword Okra tamarind curry, Vendaikkai Puli Kuzhambu / Ladies Finger -Tamarind Curry

Tips to make perfect Vendaikkai Puli Kuzhambu / Ladies Finger -Tamarind Curry :

  • I prefer to use Gingerlly oil for this recipe, and Feel free to add sesame oil to make Vendaikkai Puli Kuzhambu which adds extra taste to the recipe.
  • Make thin tamarind extract and use it.
  • I recommend using Homemade Kuzhambu Milagaithool to make this recipe if you don’t have it. Then, you can use—3 tsp of coriander powder, 2tsp of Chili powder, or sambar powder.
  • Removing the stickiness in ladies’ fingers is more important. Saute well with gingerly oil until the stickiness goes away.

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Step-by-step pictorial method to make Vendaikkai Puli Kuzhambu / Ladies Finger -Tamarind Curry :

Preparation :

  • Heat a pan add oil, and shallots saute well until it turns golden brown. Fig 1
  • Once the shallots turn out golden brown. turnoff the flame and Add it to the blender with coconut pieces.
  • Blend well into a smooth paste by adding water. keep it aside.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes to the blend, and blend well into a smooth paste. Keep it aside.
  • Soak lemon-size tamarind in the water, and allow it to soak for about 10 min. Fig 5
  • Squeeze the tamarind with your hands and extract the tamarind juice, keep it aside. Discard the pulp. Fig 6
  • Wash the okra with the water and cut it to 1-inch size (fig 7). keep it aside. if you like garlic peel the skin and keep it aside. (fig 8)
  • Heat oil in the pan. add the chopped okra/ Ladies finger and saute well, until the sticky goes away from the okra. keep it aside. Fig 9

Method :

  • Fig 10: Heat a Kadai to add gingerly oil. once the oil gets heated up add cumin seeds, garlic, chopped onion, and salt to taste. saute well, until the onions become glossy.
  • Fig 11: once the onion turns glossy and light golden color. Add the sauteed Lady’s finger. Mix and cook for 1 min.
  • Mix well and cook for a min. Fig 13
  • Now add the tomato puree and mix well. Fig 14
  • Check for salt and mix well and cook for a min. Fig 15
  • Now, add the extracted tamarind juice and mix well. Fig 16
  • Add half a cup of water. cover it with a lid and cook for 8-9 min. fig 17
  • Now add the onion -coconut paste and mix well. now you can check for spicy and salt levels. if you want more spicy, add a tsp of chili powder. Fig 18
  • If you want watery consistency. Add 1/2 cup of water. Mix and cover it with a lid and cook for about 5-6 min.
  • Once the froth comes, mix well and cook for 2- 3 min until the oil gets separated. Fig 19
  • For tempering, heat a pan, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and urad dal. Add the curry leaves once the mustard seeds get cracked and pop out. Fig 20
  • Add the tempered mixture to the top of the curry.

Yummy !! Delicious !! Lady’s finger – tamarind curry is ready to serve. Serve it hot with the plain steamed rice.

Nutritional values of Lady’s finger – tamarind curry :

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 226
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.5g19%
Saturated Fat 7.4g37%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 26mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 22.7g8%
Dietary Fiber 4.4g16%
Total Sugars 4.5g
Protein 4.5g
Vitamin D 0mcg0%
Calcium 114mg9%
Iron 2mg14%
Potassium 557mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you
how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet.
2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Source: https://www.verywellfit.com/recipe-nutrition-analyzer-4157076

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