Vendakka Mulak Curry

Vendakka Mulak Curry/ Okra Curry

One curry that I absolutely adore of my mom’s for lunch is the one that I am sharing with you today. Soft “vendakka” in a tangy tamarind sauce is all that is, but you could lick off plates and plates of rice without your knowledge!!! When my mom was not around, I craved for this Vendakka Mulak Curry and made them without consulting with her and I was so glad that I was able to match her taste.

Now you may think why I didn’t call her – somehow when she tells me her recipes (which are always approximates than exacts!), I always forget to note down! Then when I call her, she would ask, “Didn’t I already tell this to you?” Hmm… She feels I am old enough to stop asking her for tips and ideas and do it myself… But the thing is that I still don’t feel old enough to stop depending on her though… Hehe… Off to this recipe then, this is a simple curry that you can serve when you are out of ideas of curries for your lunch. This Vendakka Mulak Curry is a common dish in our kitchen still I didn’t got bored of it. The ladies fingers are shallow fried and cooked in a hot and spicy but tangy flavours which turns out as an excellent curry.

[ingredients title=”Ingredients”]

  • Vendakka/Ladies finger/Okra – 500 gram
  • Chilly powder – 1/2 tspn
  • Turmeric powder  – ¼ tspn
  • Shallots – 8 to 10
  • Tomato  – 1 small
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbspn
  • Tamarind – size of a lemon
  • Fenugreek seeds – ¼ tspn
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp and  2 tspn
  • Curry leaves – few


[directions title=”Directions”]

  1.  Chop the ladies finger in half inch size pieces. Saute them in oil and set aside.
  2.  Heat 2 tspn oil in a pan , Splutter fenugreek seeds, add curry leaves. Then add chopped shallots, ginger and garlic paste. When the raw smell goes, add chopped tomatoes and saute it until the tomato mashed well.
  3. Then  add turmeric powder and chilly powder and sauté well. Add water and salt as needed, then add tamarind pulp and bring it to boil .
  4. Now add the fried ladies finger. Add salt if you need more and cook well. Serve with steamed  rice.


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