Monday, November 7, 2011

Vendakai Poriyal/Okra/Ladies Finger Fry.

      When i was young i used to play with the trimmed sticky ends of okra sticking them on my hands and my sister's hands. My interest in okra stopped with that. After marriage i started buying it because of my husband's love for this great vegetable, it's a good source of fibre. The first day i made this dish was a memorable disaster, it came out slimy and crunchy with a burnt smell. One of my friend suggested using lemon juice so it wont get sticky. 
Tips for taste:
Wash and dry okra well in a towel. If the okra was taken out from fridge, bring it to room temperature. Cut it into small pieces and dry out in the counter top for 1/2 to 1 hr.

ladies finger poriyal
vendakai poriyal

vendaikai kootu
ingredients for poriyal
3 cups        okra
1/2 cup       onion
1tsp            chili powder
3                 green chillies
1/4 tsp         turmeric pwd
1 clove        garlic (chopped)
salt             to taste.
For seasoning:
1/4 tsp mustard seeds.
1/4 tsp urud dal
2 tbsp oil.
few curry leaves.
1. Heat the oil in a heavy based pan.
2. Add urud dal and splutter the mustard seeds.
3. Add onion and green chili after it becomes golden brown in color, add garlic and green chili fry for few mins.
4. Now add chili powder and turmeric powder.
5. Add okra and fry till the okra is not sticky or crunchy (medium high, try to spread it out in the pan). Remove the pan from the stove, sprinkle salt to taste.

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