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Ladies finger stir fry | okra curry| bachelors recipes


Vendakkai curry|Okra fry | Ladies finger fry is loved by everyone at home and i make it almost twice a week too. Though i like it very spicy, for kids sake i make it medium spicy. The recipe is very simple, but many of us will end up making it very sticky and mush them in the process of making the curry. So i want to share this basic recipe of making  non sticky vendakkai curry. It will be useful for beginners and also bachelors.

Ladies Finger stir fry

  Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 15 Mins |   Serves : 2

     Ladies finger | Vendakkai   400 gms
     Sambar powder   1 tsp (add according to your taste)
     Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp
     Salt     to taste
     Oil   1 and 1/2 tblsp
     Mustard seeds    1/4 tsp
     Urad Dal    1/4 tsp
     Curry leaves       few

Ladies-finger curry

  • If going to make the ladies finger curry in the morning, take it out from the refrigerator the before night and wash it nicely and pat dry it with a clean dry towel and spread it on a newspaper and keep it open the whole night.
  • The next day, you can cut the head and the tail and cut the ladies finger into small (not thoo thin) roundels.

ladies finger
vendakkai cut

  • In a pan add oil. Swril the pan so that the oil coats evenly on the pan and makes the vendakkai non sticky. Add in the mustard seeds and urad dal. When the dal turns golden brown add , keep the flame low and add in the sambar powder and turmeric powder. Be careful not to get this burnt.

Add sambar podi

  • Add in the cut ladies finger to this and gently mix this evenly. Let this cook in a medium low flame.

Add-cut veggie

  • Stir in between while it is cooking. Add salt when the curry is almost cooked.


  • Mix well and cook for 5 more minutes and  switch off the flame.
  • Vendakkai curry is ready.
Okra- stir fry
  1. Avoid making the curry, by taking it directly from the refrigerator. This will make it more sticky.
  2. Do not cut this into very thin roundels. It will get mushy while cooking.
  3. Adding salt in the last will prevent water oozing out from the curry.
  4. My mother adds 1 tsp of yogurt to the curry, to avoid sticky texture.
  5. You can also sprinkle little rice flour or besan to get a non sticky curry.
  6. If you don’t wish to add sambar powder in the oil you can sprinkle after adding the cut okra to the oil.
  7. My mil adds 2 tsp of tamarind water to the curry to make it non sticky.

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  1. hi jeyshri i have made vendakkai fry often.but never got it right.let me try ur way.btw as per ur tips in notes when can i add curd or tamarind in the beginnng or when it is half cooked. And if i want to add besan flour when to add.please help.

  2. Hi jeyashri thanks for the info.but today morning itself i cooked vendakkai.just followed ur recipe.and came out well.not at all sticky.thank u. Next time i ll add besan flour.


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