Okra (Vendakka) Curry

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Recipe adapted from Flavours of the Spice Coast by Mrs. K.M. Mathew

Okra Curry
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Okra (Vendakka) Curry

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Servings: 2 -3

Ingredients

  • 150-200 gms Okra (Vendakka) ( sliced 1" lengthwise)
  • 1.5 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Powder
  • A small piece Cinnamon
  • 2 pods Cardamom pods
  • 1 medium Onion (finely sliced)
  • 1 tsp Ginger (chopped)
  • 1.5 cup Thin coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Thick coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Chopped cashews (optional)
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Curry leaves

Instructions

  • Grind all the powders and whole spices to a fine paste, by adding 1- 1 1/2 tbsp water. Heat oil in a pan and saute the sliced okra for a few mins and keep it aside.
  • In the same pan, add the sliced onion and chopped ginger and curry leaves. Cook till the onions turn light golden brown in colour. Add the ground paste to this and cook for 2-3 mins or till the oil appears. Add thin coconut milk and let it boil.
  • Add the okra and salt and simmer till the okra cooks and gravy thickens. Add the thick coconut milk and simmer for 3-4 more mins and remove from fire. Garnish with some freshly ground pepper, dont omit this. It enhances the flavour of the dish.
  • If you are using cashews, soak it in hot water for 5-10 mins. Grind it to a smooth paste. Add this paste to the thick coconut milk and mix well and follow the rest of the recipe.

Notes

The original recipe uses lemon juice also, but I didnt add it. if you want, you can add it along with okra to the gravy.
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39 thoughts on “Okra (Vendakka) Curry”

  1. Hi. Your recipes are mouth watering. I’m looking to try the okra recipe soon and wanted to ask if i can replace coconut milk with yoghurt instead?

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    • Thanks Deborah :) I havent tried this recipe with coconut, so I’m not sure about the exact taste. However I’ll feel the taste will be very different from this curry :)

      Cheers
      Maria

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  2. Hi Maria,
    I like you recipes but it takes so long for the website to load and for the recipes as well which makes it a bit tiresome and sometimes just makes me go to some other sites. is there anything you can do to speed it up?

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    • Hi Smitha,

      Thanks! I checked it from my end many times and it’s loading without much delay. We do speed tests for the site on a regular basis and it shows good results. So I’m not sure what more we can do from our end.

      Cheers
      Maria

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  3. Hi Maria, your cooking recipes are awesome and yummy.thank you so much:). Is there any alternate for coconut milk used in this recipe. My husband doesn’t like that taste. Can I use water instead?

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    • Hi Vidhya,

      You are welcome :) Good to know that you like the recipes here, thanks!

      Yes you can use water instead, to make it thick or creamy, you can add some cashew paste. soak a handful of cashews in 2-3 tbsp hot water for 10-15 mins and grind to a smooth paste. Add it towards the end of cooking.

      Cheers
      Maria

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  4. Hi Maria,

    How u duing? I tried this recipe of urs yest with brinjals and it turned out really nice.. My hubby loved it too but it was a lil spicy as I guess the qty of chilli powder tht I added was slightly more than ur suggested amount.. :) But was really yummy and easy recipe too.. Thanks for sharing this n keep up the good work.. :)

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  5. Hi Maria,
    Thanks for great recipes. My wife tried few and they were real good.
    This is a dish similar to my mom’s. She never used cashews but after simmering coconut milk she would break few eggs directly into the vendakaya curry. Wait for 2 minutes and turn off the fire. We loved her egg and vendakaya curry very much. Missing it these days.

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  6. maria im a new reader.. Pls pls watermark your images.. whole blogs are being started only by copying your recipes… you must be the only person who has not watermarked yet.. it doesn’t affect photo quality in any way.. u can also report to google or wordpress about the fake blogs. they will delete it.. take care… u have an awesome site..

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    • Hi Chinnu,

      Thank you so much for your concern dear, appreciate it very much!
      Yeah, I’ve seen some blogs with recipes copied from this space. We’ve reported it to the concerned authorities, some of them have been removed, but I think some is still there :(

      Cheers
      Maria

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  7. Hi Maria, I recently came across yr post. I love cooking n trying out different recipes. I made yr Okra curry, it turned out very tasty everyone at home enjoyed it. Thanks n keep it up.

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    • Hi Sunita,

      Nice to know that you enjoy cooking and I’m glad you found this space :) Thanks a lot for trying the recipe and also for posting a comment here..

      Cheers
      Maria

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  8. Dear Maria… Love your posts, especially what you write before the recipe :) I had been in Bahrain for more than half of my life, reading your blog somehow brings be a bit of Bahrain and I love it too.. Keep going!(read it in Vendakka Aksharam :)

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  9. Hi Maria, I liked the write-up and I totally agree with it. After marriage we always end up making what our husbands prefer and slowly in the process we forget ourselves, our likes and dislikes etc etc.. I was always on the look out for an okra dish and this one looks really good. Will try it out and let you know. Take care, Regards,Mary

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  10. hii maria…i tried vendaka curry today for my lunch….mmmm yummy.it was awesomee..my hubby enjoyed it a lott.thanks maria..

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  11. I loved reading the prelude to the recipe…esp the “love yourself” part…cheap thrills on days when you are irritated si to do something stubbornly for yourself. Loved the recipe too…will try it soon. :)

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  12. hahahha.. interesting read maria… i did this recently .. not mak vendakka curry.. but i went for vendakka pachadi.. u wont believe navin took a serving and hwen he knew it was vendakka , the poor thing got dumped… i love vendakka and i have again bought some more.. and he was like..why bhindi??i said” i want it .. i am going to make vendakka pachadi”..eveil grin.. 6 years of marriage.. can take that risk…!!! next tiem i want to have vendakka will try this…

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    • Hi Renu,

      Good to know that I’ve company ;) Btw, vendakka pachadi is something that I wanna try. Will try it sometime when I’m in a mood to bug Jose ;)

      Cheers
      Maria

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  13. haha I so enjoy your writing Maria! it’s so true that we end up not cooking what our hubs/kids dislike! I haven’t make okra in ages must write that in vendakka aksharam on my list too :)

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  14. hi maria… iv been searching for meat ball curry recipe and ended up reading vendekya…. hope u doing good.. great job wid the blog.. keep it going. luv merin

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  15. Maria, dunno if my previous comment went thru or no.. hence typing again… ente Mariachi, the last few posts had me ROFL… this one made me laugh on “vendakka aksharam” vendakka paalu curry is my fav.. I saute okra, shallots, n green chillies.. then add salt, turmeric powder, ginger, n garlic. once sauted well, add meat masala n tomato… cook in thin coconut milk till done n then add thick coconut milk n freshly pounded pepper (chathacha pepper).. Will try ur version n let u know, n okra is not loved by hubby too along with bringal though he likes the chaaru of this curry.

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    • Thanks Twinsy dear :) Hope you are doing great. Yeah, I like Vendakka paalu curry, we make a similar version at home, but I think we call it Vendakka mappas or pappas…

      Cheers
      Maria

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  16. Haha,loved reading through the post.Ajay is not very fond of vegetarian biryani/pulao even though he doesn’t mind eating it.I sometimes make it only to see the smirk on his face*wicked me*:)).I am sure it happens to all,all the time we cook food which is a favorite to them,so once in a while it is absolutely fine cooking for oneself.

    That said,I dislike Okra so you know what NOT to cook for me if I am around:)

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