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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Vendaikaai Mandi - Tangy Okra Curry

Mandi (மண்டி) is a curry dish unique to Chettinad. You will a find a version of this dish in every chettinad household. The beauty of this dish is that it can made with a lot of vegetables e.g Potatoes, White Channa, Egg plant and Okra. Vendaikaai (Okra) Mandi (வெண்டைக்காய் மண்டி) is the most famous of the lot. I made this delicious curry for lunch the other day. This dish uses only green chili's for heat, no masala powder is used. Here is the recipe

Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 30-40 min.
Serves: 2


  • 1/2 pound Baby Okra - Pinju Vendaikaai.
  • 1/4 cup Channa (soaked and cooked).
  • 2 Garlic pods.
  • 3 green chilies (slit).
  • 1/2 tsp tamarind paste.
  • 1 small Onion.
  • Oil for tempering.
  • Salt as required

To Temper:

  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds.
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek.


  • Clean the okra and cut them in to 1 inch pieces.
  • Soak the Channa overnight and cook until soft.
  • Heat the saute pan and add oil to it.
  • When its hot add Mustard seeds and allow them to splutter.
  • Add fenugreek seeds (let it change its color and start to release its aroma).
  • Add the onions, green chilies, garlic and saute them until translucent.
  • Add Okra and saute till the slime from the okra gets reduced.
  • Now add some water and cook till the okra cooks through.
  • Instead of water , traditionally you will find Chettinad cooks use the water which they use to wash rice. (அரிசி கலைந்த தண்ணி) 

  • Now add the cooked channa ,salt and tamarind paste.
  • Cook until the gravy thickens and reduces in volume by half.
  • Serve it hot with rice.


  • You can replace channa with potatoes,brinjal .

You might be intrested in tangy Summa kulambu,Drumstick gravy



  1. Love the new template and the header.Love Chettinad cuisine. Okra curry looks yummy Sathya.

    1. Thanks meena .My site is in beta version :)haha

  2. Its our fav and have made a similar style. I like such simple side dishes, easy and equally delicious,

    1. Oh you make similar style .Want to know about that .

  3. Will surely try this one :) Loved it :)

  4. Love this dish. Will try very soon..

  5. Looks delicious.Thanks for linking this to Gaythri'sWTML event hosted by me.

  6. Seriously i love this mandi very much.

  7. Did you use kanji for this mandi, I saw somewhere in tv show. Looks delicious. Love to try it.

    1. You mean the water that you wash rice?.After so many months i made it .So i forgot to add :).But i mentioned in blog that you can use the water used to wash rice.


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