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Vendakkai (Okra) Kootu

Vendakkai_Okra_Kootu_1 Vendakkai is a wonderful vegetable with more nutrients and fiber. Okra is known as Vendakkai in Tamil and as Bhindi in Hindi.

Here is Vendakkai (Okra) Kootu as a side dish for Rice or Chapatti.

Serves: 4

Cooking time: 30 minutes approximately


  • Vendakkai (okra) – 250 gm
  • Toor dal – ½ cup
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Tomato – 2 no
  • Green chilli – 2
  • Grated coconut – 1 table spoon (optional)
  • Red chilli powder – ¾ tea spoon
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tea spoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 tea spoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • For seasoning
    • Cumin seed – ½ tea spoon
    • Aniseed – ½ tea spoon
    • Red chilli – 1 no
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Asafetida – pinch
    • Oil – 1 table spoon

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  • Boil toor dal in a cooker to soft; wash and cut vendakkai into one inch long pieces; chop onion, tomato, green chilli, and curry leaves.
  • Heat a pan, do the seasoning; add onion, green chilli and fry till onion is soft; add tomato and fry.

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  • Add salt, turmeric, red chilli, coriander powder and mix well; add vendakkai and fry for few minutes; stir in between and cook till okra and tomato are cooked soft; now add boiled toor dal and grated coconut; if needed add some water and adjust salt and consistency; bring to boil and keep for a minute.

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  • Remove and serve hot with rice or chappati.



  • Vendakkai should not be over cooked to avoid stickiness; this is the reason for adding it after tomato.

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  • Priya February 14, 2010, 7:12 pm

    Kootu with bhindi sounds yummy…never tried like this..will give a try..

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