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Lady’s finger/Okra/Bhindi fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice

Kerala Style Lady's Finger / Okra / Bhindi Curry with spiced yogurt and coconut (Vendakka Kichadi)

Lady’s finger fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice. One of the must side dishes for Kerala Sadhya which is popular during festivals Onam and Vishu.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, kerala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 serving
Author Jane Jojo

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Lady's finger (sliced or 8 medium sized okra)
  • salt

Grind

  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 4 number green chilli
  • 1 pinch mustard seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon jeera
  • 3/4 cup curd
  • salt

Seasoning

  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 3 number Dried Red Chilly
  • 1 Sprig curry leaves

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry the Lady's Finger. Cut off the ends from the Lady's Finger. Slice lady’s finger into thin round slices. If lady's finger is very thick in size, split it vertically and then slice.
    Ladies finger/Okra/Bhindi fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice
  2. Heat 2 tbsps oil in a pan. Add sliced lady’s finger into the pan. Make sure that okra is not overcrowded in the pan. Sprinkle salt. Fry on medium high flame until okra is slightly brown at the edges. Add extra oil if needed. Stir it continuously. Once fried, transfer it to a bowl.
    Ladies finger/Okra/Bhindi fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice
  3. Ladies finger/Okra/Bhindi fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice
  4. Grind coconut, green chilli, mustard seeds, jeera with some water into a smooth paste. If you are using frozen or refrigerated coconut (and not freshly grated one), grind with lukewarm water to get the fine paste.
    Ladies finger/Okra/Bhindi fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice
  5. Add curd at the end and just pulse it in the mixer. Add sufficient salt.
    Ladies finger/Okra/Bhindi fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice
  6. Ladies finger/Okra/Bhindi fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice
  7. Heat a pan, add the grinded mixture and heat it. Don't allow it to boil. It should be just heated. Add fried lady’s finger and mix it.
    Ladies finger/Okra/Bhindi fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice
  8. Ladies finger/Okra/Bhindi fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice
  9. For seasoning - Splutter mustard seeds. When they crackle, add dried red chilli and curry leaves.
    Ladies finger/Okra/Bhindi fried and cooked in spicy coconut and yogurt based gravy. It’s an easy to prepare and a yummy side dish which goes well with rice
  10. Serve it with rice. Enjoy :)

Recipe Notes

  • Never miss the step to fry the lady's finger. Without frying, lady's finger won't taste that good.
  • Based on the consistency you need, you can add more water while grinding the coconut paste.