Vendakkai Poriyal aka Vendakkai Fry is Tamil Nadu style stir fry made with ladies finger/okra/bhindi, spices and curry leaves. It is eaten with a meal of rice, sambar or rasam & curd. Make this Vendakkai Poriyal with a simple twist using my fresh homemade spice powder.
If you have a pre-made Idli podi, flax seed podi or peanut chutney podi, feel free to replace my spice powder, shared in the post.
This Vendakkai Poriyal also goes well in the office and school lunch boxes. It can also be served with Chapati or variety rice dishes like lemon rice, thakkali sadam, curd rice, ghee rice or coconut rice.
If you do not want to use the idli podi or my homemade powder, simply finish the dish with some fresh grated coconut.
How to make Vendakkai Fry (Stepwise Photos)
1. This step is optional. You can also use idli podi to make the vendakkai poriyal flavorful. Dry roast dal on a low heat until they turn aromatic. Add in the sesame and coconut. Roast until the seeds begin to splutter. Cool this and powder it.
2. Wash vendakkai under running water. Wipe dry with a cloth and chop to half inch thick pieces.
3. Heat a pan with oil and add the cumin and mustard. When they begin to splutter, add chana dal and urad dal. Fry them until golden, then add dried red chili and curry leaves. Add hing.
4. When the dal is fried well to golden, add chopped vendakkai. Saute for 2 to 3 mins on a medium heat.
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.
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.
7. Add red chili powder and the spice powder.
8. Mix and stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes.
Serve vendakkai poriyal /fry with rice.
Vendakkai Poriyal (Fry)
For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 250 grams ladies finger / okra / vendakkai
- 1½ to 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon urad dal
- 2 teaspoon chana dal
- ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or jeera
- 1 dried red chili broken or green chili
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- 1 Pinch hing
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder
- ¾ tablespoon lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon turmeric
- Salt as needed
to roast & powder or replace with 2 tsps idli podi
- ¾ tablespoon urad dal
- ¾ tablespoon chana dal
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or jeera
- ¾ tablespoon sesame seeds
- ¾ tablespoon coconut optional
- 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.
How to Make Vendakkai Poriyal
- 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)
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