Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Lady's Finger Stir Fry / Vendakkai Poriyal - South Indian Style

Lady's finger / Okra / Vendakkai poriyal is easy to make south Indian accompaniment for rice with sambar, rasam or curd.  


Ladies finger/ Vendakkai - ½ kg

Onion - 1(sliced)
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Sambar powder / Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Curd - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 to 2 tbsp

For the seasoning:

Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard - ¾ tsp
Urad dal - ½ tsp
Curry leaves 1 sprig


Wash the lady's finger and pat dry completely. Trim the edges and cut into medium thick roundels.

Heat oil in a pan; season it with mustard seeds, urad dhal, channa dhal and curry leaves.

Once it splutters; add onion and saute till the colour changes. Then add lady's finger, turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt.

Stir it for a while ; cover the pan with the lid and allow to cook in a medium flame ( You can also sprinkle water to prevent lady's finger sticking to the pan).

Uncover the pan; if you find sticknees in lady's finger, add a tsp of curd ( My Mother in laws Tip).

Keep stirring; once it is cooked and it becomes dry, add coconut.

Mix well and serve as a accompaniment for any veg gravies, Rasam or even with curd rice.


Adding curd is really helpful in preventing stickiness while cooking lady's finger.

Instead of sambar powder; you can also use green chillies for spiciness.


  1. love this with my rice anytime...

  2. Yummy tasty stirfry healthy side dish too.

  3. Same pinch! enga veetlayum vendakkai poriyal but slightly different stir-fry. Looks delicious, adding curd is good tip!

  4. This stir fry is my all time favourite, just a bowl of rice is enough for me to enjoy this healthy side dish.

  5. Hi Poornima
    Thanks very much. The recipe came out really well. Couple of things though - Turmeric - I didnt know when to add so didnt really ;). Onion was part of the recipe steps not in the ingredients. The recipe helped a great deal to have a healthy Vendakkai. Much appreciated.



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