May 26, 2008

Vendakkai pulikuzhambu / Ladiesfinger curry

I have a crown yet I am not the king
You cut my crown and feet off with a fling

I carry lots of eggs, yet I nothing but a veggie
Even with all that I am thin and long not pudgy

I am green and I am gooey
If u dont pay attention, I will make your dish go mushy and chewy

I do good to your health and to you brain
Which is what your elders told you without refrain
Now its up to you to think and guess
To who I am ...Cos I am good too and no less.

Did you guess what is that????
Yes it is the great Ladiesfinger/Okra..
This was the riddle I had to crack for the Open Sesame event held at the Dining Hall..

It was fun participating in the event and I was able to guess the answer immediately with my hubby's help..Here is the dish I prepared with okra..It is none but the authentic Pulikuzhambu/Okra in tamarind sauce..Here goes the recipe..


Ladiesfinger - 250 grams
Onion - 1 medium sized
Green chillies - 2
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Urad dhall - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Garlic - 3 to 4 pods
Coconut shredded (optional) - 1 tablespoon
Sambhar powder - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
Tamarind extract - 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 spoons


Cut the ends of the ladiesfinger and wipe them dry..Chop them about half inch thick..
Heat a teaspoon of oil and add the ladiesfinger..Saute them until all the sliminess disappears for about 3 to 4 minutes..Keep it aside..
Now heat oil in a pan and add the mustard,cumin, urad dhall and curry leaves..When the start spluttering add the onions, green chillies and garlic and saute till they turn translucent..
Now add the ladiesfinger followed by the turmeric powder and sambhar powder..Add the tamarind extract and salt..Also add 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil..Cover and cook for about 6 to 7 minutes until the ladies finger gets cooked completely..
Serve hot with rice..

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Bhags - Tzatziki
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  1. HeHe! Nice poem on Bhindi!

    After Eggplants, Okra is my next fave veggie. I have to use frozen Okra most of the time, I love your dish!:)

  2. hey love it... COL.. crying out loud.. how did i miss on this one.. i mean d open sesame one.. :( :(.. well better luck next time.. ur bhindi version is good...

  3. Love to have this with plain rice

  4. nice okra curry.....back in India it is my fav, but here i dont cook it, i thnk it is too sticky

  5. hey nice looking ladies finger. btw, i'm not able to view the riddle - its come out as some wingdings? not sure why?

  6. v made too..but its slight variation...i will add that recipe too on my blog..u can check later....ur dish looks yum

  7. bhindi curry, one,..must hve tasted good,..afterall u prepared,..

  8. Make with a slight variation and without sambar powder too :) Love tangy gravy ,looks yummy Div

  9. Like cham said i too dont use sambhar powder.Looks delicious

  10. Hi Divya, thts a yummy looking vendakkai dish :) ... usually I dont add sambar powder and onions ... will mark this one and try it out the next time!

  11. I too can't see that riddle, divya! All I can see is funny script (wingdings).

    The okhra curry loooks so delicious. Nice entry.

  12. hi divya..the bhindi curry looks sooo good..i love anything made with this..makes the dish sooooooooooo tasty..

  13. divya, nice dish...I guess all of us did the ifl post on the same day!

  14. Pulikuzhambu is always welcome at home... Looks good Divya!

  15. I love pulikozhambu. That too bhindi kozhambu is mouth watering. Will be great with rice and papad.

  16. What a wonderful recipe. So mouthwatering. Pulikuzhambu is every one's fav in my house.

  17. I don't know how bhindi will taste in water...i have always had it dry(i meant in oil) did anyone try it.
    pls let me know.

  18. why is a teaspoon of urad dhal listed among the ingredients ? It is not added to the cooking !!


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