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Vendakkai puli mandi recipe | South Indian gravies

by Jeyashri suresh
Vendakkai puli mandi

Vendakkai puli mandi , is basically a chettinad recipe, with vendakkai | ladies finger based gravy, pairs well with plain rice. Though i have heard this, happened to taste this in my neice wedding, i recently attended in India. Me and my sister got hooked up by its taste and asked the person who was serving, the name of the dish. Then we both went straight into the kitchen and looked for the chief cook and asked him the recipe. He was bit busy that time and gave his phone number and asked me to contact him the next day. So after the wedding got over, the next day i called the chief cook (Mr. Janakiraman)  and he patiently explained the recipe and also clarified my queries on few other authentic recipes too.
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Vendakkai puli mandi

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 35 Mins |Serves: 2-3

     Vendakkai | ladies finger   6
     Oil    1 tblsp
     Red chili powder   2-3 tsp
     Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp
     Tamarind   a small gooseberry sized
     Washed rice water(mandi)   1 and 1/2 cups 
     Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
     Fresh Coconut     3 tblsp
     Sombu | fennel seeds  1/2 tsp
     Shallots | chinna vengayam   2
     Garlic   3 pods
     Curry leaves   few
     Salt  as needed

Vendakkai puli mandi

    • Wash and pat dry the ladies finger. Cut them into big pieces.
    • In a pan add oil and add in the mustard seeds and curry leaves.
    • Once the mustard seeds splutters add the ladies finger to this.
    • Cook this in a medium flame till it becomes nice golden brown.

puli mandi

  • Take the extract of tamarind using the rice mandi. Rice mandi is nothing but the washed water we get from rice.
  • Wash the rice once and discard the water. Add some more water and wash for the second time and preserve the water for making this vendakkai puli mandi.
  • Add the tamarind extract using 1 and 1/2 cup of rice mandi (washed rice water).

vendakkai puli mandi 2

  • Add  red chili powder, salt and turmeric powder to this.
  • Meanwhile grind the coconut, fennel seeds, onion and garlic into a fine paste using little water.

vendakkai puli mandi 3

  • Add the ground masala to the pan. Mix well and let it boil nicely till it reaches a gravy (kuzhambu) consistency.

vendakkai puli mandi 4

  • Once it reaches nice thick gravy consistency add jaggery and switch off the flame.  Mix well.

puli mandi

  • Puli mandi is ready to serve. This can be served with dosa too.
Vendakkai puli mandi
  1. Cook the ladies finger nicely without getting it burnt.
  2. You can grind a small piece of cinnamon too. Since i don’t like cinnamon, i didn’t add.

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srkriz July 25, 2016 - 6:42 am

Very Nice..can we use any other vegetable.

Rafeeda AR July 25, 2016 - 7:15 am

Really interesting... especially making it in kanjivellam... pinning this up!

The Happie Friends Potpourricorner July 25, 2016 - 10:30 am

Looks tempting.. will definitely try this..

The Happie Friends Potpourricorner July 25, 2016 - 10:31 am

Looks tempting.. will definitely try this..

Anupama Varadarajan July 25, 2016 - 12:34 pm

How much jaggery do we need to add?

jeyashri suresh July 28, 2016 - 2:08 am

Just a tsp of powdered jaggery will do for this gravy

Unknown July 26, 2016 - 8:25 pm

I made this today. Was simply divine, and got over in minutes. This will surely be a repeated recipe in our house!

Subhashini July 27, 2016 - 12:09 am

Bookmarked it. Gonna try this tomorrow.

ramya murali July 27, 2016 - 11:02 am

Today I made this,v.tasty nd easy one.tbx

Sindhuja Sarathy July 27, 2016 - 2:12 pm

Can we make this with any other veggie?

jeyashri suresh July 28, 2016 - 2:07 am

You can try with brinjals (eggplants)

kiran bajaj July 3, 2018 - 1:57 am

Never knew rice water can be used for cooking...


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