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Vendakkai (Okra/Bhindi) Paruppu Usili

Vendakkai_Okra_Bhindi_Usili_1 Usili is a traditional dish of Tamil Nadu prepared with lentils and vegetable. Usili can be prepared with beans, cluster beans, cabbage, okra and so on. My elder sister does it nicely and I adopted this yummy recipe from her.

Here is Vendakkai (Okra/Bhindi) Usili using okra and Bengal gram, toor dal as major ingredients.

Okra is known as Vendakkai in Tamil and as Bhindi in Hindi. Dal is known as Paruppu in Tamil.


  • Vendaikai (okra) – 250 gram
  • Bengal gram – ½ cup
  • Toor dal – ½ cup
  • Red chilli – 6 no
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Red chilli powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Asafortida powder – ½ tea spoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard –½ tea spoon
    • Urad dal –½ tea spoon
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Oil – 2 table spoon

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  • Soak Bengal gram and toor dal for one hour; drain and grind it with turmeric powder, red chilli, asafoetida, salt to a coarse paste.

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  • Stream cook it like we do for idlis; cool it and crumble it nicely.

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  • Wash and cut okras into small pieces; heat a pan with 1 table spoon of oil; add okra pieces, salt, red chilli powder.

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  • Fry till okra is crisp and cooked (I cooked it in microwave oven in full power for 2 minutes and then fried it to reduce oil consumption).

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  • Now do the seasoning in a pan, add crumbled steam cooked dals, okra and fry in low flame for 5 minutes or till both mix together.

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  • Serve hot with rice.



  • Use tender vendakkai (okra).

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Sushma Mallya April 28, 2010, 10:20 am

    i have heard of beans parupuu usli and using okra is really new to me but a great idea too…thanks for sharing kamala…

  • vineelasiva April 28, 2010, 10:22 am

    Hai this curry is new to never tried this.Nice post.

  • Daisyblue April 28, 2010, 1:18 pm

    Using okra is new for me.. parupu usli looks tempting !!

  • Priya April 28, 2010, 1:57 pm

    Thats a delicious paruppu usili, never tried with okras…looks yumm!

  • Manju Rajender April 28, 2010, 2:16 pm

    I have heard paruppu usili with other veggies and never with okra ….beautiful presentation :)

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