Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Vendakka Kichadi or Dahi bhindi Kerala Style

Today I prepared Vendakka Kichadi which is another popular Kerala Side dish. It is nothing but Fried Ladies Finger (Also known as Okra or Bhindi) in Coconut - Yoghurt gravy. I guess we can call it as Dahi Bhindi Kerala Style :). 

Vendakka Kichadi :

Author: Avika

Prep Time : 10 min
Cook Time : 15 min
Total Time : 25 min


1 cup chopped Ladies Finger ( Okra or Bhindi)
1/2 cup grated coconut
2 Shallots
1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric
1 green chilly
1 Teaspoon Cumin seeds
4 - 5 Teaspoon Curd
2 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
2 Teaspoon Oil
3 - 4 Curry Leaves


Step 1: Cut Okra, shallots and green chilly into small pieces.
Step 2: Grind 1/2 cup grated coconut, 1 green chilly slices, 4 Teaspoon curd, 1 Teaspoon cumin seeds , 1 Teaspoon Mustard seeds and salt into a smooth paste adding little water.

Mustard seeds add a pungent taste to the dish. 

Method of Preparing:

Step 1: 

Heat 1 Teaspoon Oil in a non stick pan. When the oil becomes hot, add the chopped ladies finger or okra or bhindi to it and fry till they are cooked. This will take around 5 - 8 min on high flame. 

When you start frying, the okra will be very sticky at first. So keep stirring it till the stickiness goes off. Now add a little bit Turmeric and salt and let it cook on its own. But Keep stirring in between so that it doesnt burn. 

Once Okra is done, switch off and keep it aside.

Step 2: 

Heat Oil in another pan. Once the oil becomes hot, add 1 Teaspoon mustard seeds. Once it crackles, add curry leaves to it. Then add okra along with the coconut - curd mixture to the pan. Cook for 2 min and switch off. 

Vendakka Kichadi is ready to serve. Tastes delicious with rice and Parippu Curry (Dal). Do try it out :) 

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