Okra(Vendaikai) Mandhi

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Its a Chettinad speciality dish.Most of us think the chettinad dishes are famous for non vegetarian dishes,but there are whole lot of awesome veggie dishes in chettinad cuisine.This is one among them.Being a big fan of spice and sour foods.when I first tasted this dish at one of my friends place I became a fan of it.you can use any veggies to it even some dhals.I love this dish made with fresh okra.My mom used to say If you eat okra then you will be good at your math.I hate to eat okra when I was a kid,because of some kind of slaminess in that veggie.But now I started loving it lets hope I will be a math geneius in one day ha..ha..

This goes well with the simple dhal and plain rice with appalam on the side.

You need

okra-1 lb(cut it into medium round pieces)
small onion/shallots-3-5(cut into medium pieces)
green chillies-5(slitted lengthwise)
tamrind-big lemon size(take juice of it)
turmeric-1/2 tsp
rice flour-1 tsp
sesame oil-1+1/2 tbsp
mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
zeera-1/2 tsp
curry leaves


In a kadai add the oil and add Mustard,zeera and curry leaves.when it starts spluttering add the onions and green chillies.

When the onion turned brown add the okra and fry it for 5-7 mnts.

Now add the tamrind juice,salt and turmeric.Add some water Let it boil for 4-5 mnts

Mix the rice flour with water and add it to the gravy.Simmer it for 2-3 mnts.

Now its ready to serve!


  1. okra is my fav veggie, this looks yumm!

  2. Delicious vendaikai mandi!! looks tempting..

  3. I have had this at one of my frnds place and i liked it very much..seeing this, i guess its time to try it out at my end

  4. My favorite veggie... Yummy and tempting ...

  5. I'd gulp up any dish with okra! This is inviting and scrumptious!

  6. Wow Yummy recipe whch i like moost

  7. I am not a huge fan of okra, though the curry looks good.

  8. Yummy mandi!! I have tasted it long bck. now ican try for my kids.

  9. Yummy recipes..looks so good and nice recipe too.

  10. Nice to see u back with a tempting dish...........

  11. Vendakka puli mandi makes me drool. Love to have it with dhal rice.

  12. awesome click and this looks simply delicious da...yummy yumm...

  13. That looks way too tempting..What a lovely space you have..!

  14. Haha, my mom said the story: okra=good in math. I have made this okra mandi from another blog! Good one!

  15. I love this very much.Looks tempting!

  16. hey we had this for lunch yesterday!... looks very nice!

  17. First time here.U got awonderful blog!!

  18. wow....mouth- watering recipe...