vendakkai poriyal

Vendakkai fry

By Swasthi on August 26, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Vendakkai fry or vendakkai poriyal recipe – Simple South Indian style okra fry recipe. We prefer to have simple and healthy side dishes for dinner. This vendakkai poriyal is made in tamil speaking homes and is almost the same as bendakaya vepudu from andhra cuisine. But there are many different ways of making bendakaya vepudu. Vendakkai poriyal is made with simple and basic ingredients that most Indian kitchens do have.

vendakkai poriyal recipe

This okra poriyal goes well with plain rice along with South Indian sambar or rasam. It can also be served with curd rice or lemon rice as well.

You can also pack this in the lunch box along with any variety rice like ghee rice, lemon rice and jeera rice.

I make this recipe usually without coconut, however adding a bit of dried coconut adds flavor. You can make this with or without coconut.


1. This step is optional. You can also use idli podi to make the okra poriyal flavorful. Dry roast dals in a low heat until they turn aromatic. Add in the sesame and coconut. Cool this and powder it.

2. Wash vendakkai under running water. Wipe off with a cloth and chop to half inch thick slices.

How to make vendakkai fry

3. Heat a pan with oil and allow the cumin and mustard to splutter. Saute dals until golden along with red chili and curry leaves. Add hing.

tempering ingredients to make vendakkai poriyal recipe

4. When the dals are fried well to golden, add chopped vendakkai. Saute for 2 to 3 mins on a medium heat.

frying okra in a pan

5. Add Lemon juice. This helps the okra to turn less slimy while cooking. You can also skip lemon if you do not like it.

addition of lemon juice to make vendakkai poriyal recipe

6. Keep stirring and fry the okra on a medium flame until it is cooked well completely. You can also cover and cook once the stickiness has gone. Add salt and turmeric when the stickiness has gone completely and okra is cooked.

add salt to make vendakkai poriyal recipe

7. Add red chili powder and the spice powder.

chili powder to make vendakkai poriyal recipe

8. Mix and stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes.

vendakkai stir fry recipe

Serve vendakkai fry with rice.

vendakkai fry vendakkai poriyal

For more Bhindi recipes. you can check
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Bhindi ki sabji

Vendakkai fry or vendakkai poriyal recipe

vendakkai fry vendakkai poriyal

Vendakkai fry

Easy vendakkai fry or poriyal is a stir fried okra dish from tamil cuisine. Vendakkai is okra and poriyal is a stir fried curry. It is one of the basic side dishes served in a meal – with rice, sambar or rasam.
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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 250 grams ladies finger / okra / vendakkai
  • 2 to 3 tsps oil
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 2 tsp chana dal
  • ¼ tsp mustard
  • ¼ tsp cumin or jeera
  • 1 red chili broken or green chili
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 Pinch hing
  • ¼ to ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ¾ tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • Salt as needed

to roast & powder or replace with 2 tsps idli podi

  • ¾ tbsp urad dal
  • ¾ tbsp chana dal
  • ½ tsp. cumin or jeera
  • ¾ tbsp sesame seeds
  • ¾ tbsp coconut optional


Preparation for vendakkai poriyal

  • Dry roast urad dal and chana dal until golden. Switch off the stove and add sesame seeds , cumin and coconut. Toss them till the sesame seeds splutter. Cool this and powder. You can also use idli podi instead of making this.
  • Wash okra under running water. Wipe them dry with a clean kitchen cloth.
  • Cut them to thin half inch round pieces.

making vendakkai fry

  • Add oil to a hot pan and add cumin, mustard. When they begin to splutter add the dals, red chili and curry leaves. Sprinkle hing.
  • When the dals turn golden, add in the chopped vendakkai.
  • Stir fry for a minute. Squeeze in the lemon juice and stir fry until the stickiness goes off. You will have to constantly keep stirring to prevent burning.
  • When they are completely cooked and stickiness goes off, add salt and turmeric.
  • Add the spice powder and red chili powder.
  • Mix everything well and fry for just a minute.
  • You can also cover and cook on a low heat for 2 mins.
  • Serve vendakkai poriyal with rice and sambar.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Vendakkai fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 372mg11%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 765IU15%
Vitamin C 55.5mg67%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi Swasthi- can I use frozen okra here? If yes, how is the cooking process different?

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Tried Vendakkai Fry today and came out well. It was a quick tasty no slimy dish.
Thank you again for sharing tasty step by step recipes.

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Thank you for the simple recipes. I am learning to cook from your site.