Vendakkai Podi Kari | Ladies Finger Masala

Vendakkai Podi Kari | Ladies Finger masala 


Vendakkai podi kari is a yummy way to eat vendakkai ( ladies finger). It is cooked with a specially made podi (masala powder) and stir-fried. It is a traditional South Indian recipe especially famous in certain communities in Tamil nadu. The podi varies from region to region, the recipe given below is followed in my family. check out how to make this delicious vendakkai podi Kari below.


Ladies finger(Vendakkai)-1/2 kg chopped to 1-inch piece
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Tamarind extract-1-2 tsp
Jaggery -1/2 tsp 
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Oil-2 tsps
Salt to taste

Masala powder (Podi)- (Roast the ingredients in 1/2 tsp oil and powder coarsely)

Urud dhal-1 tbsp
Bengal gram dhal-1 tbsp
Coriander seeds-1 tbsp
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds-1/2 tsp
Red chillies-6 nos
Asafetida-a pinch


👉Heat oil in a kadai roast the ingredients given for masala and powder it coarsely. Set aside.

👉Wash and wipe the ladies finger in a kitchen towel and cut into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.

👉Heat oil in a kadai add mustard seeds, red chillies, and curry leaves, and allow it to splutter.

👉Add chopped vendakkai ( ladies finger).Saute for a 2-3 mins add turmeric powder, tamarind extract, and jaggery and mix well sprinkle a little water cover the kadai keep stirring occasionally, and cook for 5 mins or until the ladies finger is 3/4 th done.Don't over cook the ladies finger.

👉Once the ladies finger is cooked add required salt and finally add the masala powder (podi) mix everything well. Add oil if it is too dry. Roast for 2 mins.

👉Garnish and serve hot.

Preparation Time-20 mins

Note -

✍️Do not add excess water while cooking ladies finger just sprinkle water and allow it to cook in steam.It should be cooked only 3/4 th.
✍️Do not add all the masala powder at once.
✍️Using the same masala you can try with other veggies like potato, raw plantain, brinjal etc.

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