Bhindi/Okra/Ladies Finger Tamarind curry (Vendaikai Puli)

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Okra tamarind curry is a south indian dish which is very easy to prepare and tastes delicious. In this okra is cooked in coconut based tamarind gravy. When i first heard about this dish i was in big doubt whether to prepare it or not as i have never eaten a okra in a gravy dish except for sambar. But when i made and tasted it. This curry was awesome. You can have this with rice or chapati.

Okra tamarind curry

Ingredients

300 gms Okra /Bhindi, chopped

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp turmeric

2 tbsp tamarind paste

salt to taste

To be made into paste

1/2 cup coconut

3 dry red chilli

For seasoning

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

few curry leaves

1 tsp urad dal

Method

Grind together coconut and red chilli to a smooth paste. Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves. Let them sizzle for a min.

Now add in okra and saute for 5 mins to get rid of sliminess.

Add coriander, turmeric, cumin powder, salt and mix well.

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Add some water and cover with a lid. Let it cook for 10 mins till the okra is cooked.

Now add in the coconut masala with some water. Mix them.

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Add the tamarind paste and mix.

Let this simmer for 5 to 10 mins.

Serve with chapati or rice.

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