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Monday, November 25, 2013

Tangy Bhindi & Toor dal Curry (வெண்டைக்காய் பச்சடி )

Vendaikkai Pachaddi (வெண்டைக்காய் பச்சடி) is something you will find in every chettinad kitchen. This gravy is made along the lines of sambar, but with less water and toor dal remains whole instead of being mashed up. A similar curry can be made with sundaikai (சுண்டைக்காய் ) which is one of my absolute favourites. Chances of getting sundaikkai are almost impossible here, so I usually use baby okra.

You might be intrested in similar tangy curries like RawMango curry,TangyOkra curry

Preparation time:10 min
Cooking time:20 min

  • 1/2 pound baby okra
  • 1/4 cup toor dal.
  • 1/2 tbsp tamarind paste.
  • 1 green chili.
  • 1 tbsp sambar powder.
  • 1 small Onion.
  • oil for tempering.
  • salt as needed.
  • Cut the okra in to 1/4 inch pieces.
  • Cook the toor dal for 2 whistles (should not be mushy).

  • Cut the onion in to small pieces.
  • In a hotpan temper oil with  items "to  temper".
  • Add onions and green chilies saute them until translucent.
  • Add okra and saute them until the slime of the okra cooks out. The okra should not stick together.

  • Add sambar powder and saute it for a min in low flame until the raw smell dissipates.
  • Add required water and add tamarind paste and salt.

  • Add the cooked toor dal.
  • Boil the gravy until it becomes thick .
  • Your bhendi -toor dal gravy is ready to eat .
  • Serve it with rasam or curd rice . 

  • Okra should not be sticky fry them until the stickiness leaves.
  • Adjust the water content accordingly.If its too dry you can't eat this one.If its too watery this wont' taste good.
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  1. Really a tangy curry..I am sure that baby okra will taste great in tamarind sauce..

  2. thats a tangy one.. N luv okra in any form

  3. Pachadi is entirely different for us it is yogurt based , this one looks yumm

  4. Okras always makes a strong presence in most of my Indian dishes. Thus, I am loving this wonderful side dish make with it, perfect as it is for our rice.

  5. Tangy bindi looks neat and is healthy too :) Thanks for sharing

  6. never try bhindi with must be very yummy...just love it..

  7. This looks like a different version of Pachadi. We make pachadi with yogurt.

  8. Classic combo!!! Wonderful recipe with super-like flavors :)

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  9. Love this bhindi and toor dal combo looks really yumm.

  10. delicious pachadi n lovely clicks!!!


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