Vendaikai (Okra) Puli Kootu Recipe

Vendaikai Puli Kootu Recipe is a popular dish in Tamil Nadu and is usually prepared in almost every home to serve along with rice. Vendaikai Puli kootu is okra curry simmered in tamarind sauce with grounded spices. The dish can be prepared in few minutes without any fuss. It can be either gravy or dry one based on your preference. The grounded cumin, ginger and garlic adds unique flavor to the dish.  Bhindi (Lady Finger/Okra), Shallots, Onion, Garlic, Tomato, Ginger Garlic Paste, Tamarind, Red Chilli powder, Cumin seeds (Jeera), Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu), Oil, Curry leaves, Salt   15 Bhindi (Lady Finger/Okra) 10 Shallots 1 Onion 1 Garlic 1 Tomato 1/2 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste 1 Tamarind , gooseberry sized 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder , adjustable 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) 1/4 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu) 2 tablespoon Oil Curry leaves , few Salt , to taste     15   25     To begin with theVendaikai (Okra) Puli Kootu Recipe, first Clean lady’s finger and chop them to small pieces. Use wet cloth or wet issue to clean lady’s finger. Do not wash them in water as they tend to stick. In case of washing them with water, dry them completely and wipe with a cloth.Soak tamarind in a hot water and set aside for 10-15 minutes. Extract tamarind juice from the soaked tamarind and discard the pulpHeat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seed, curry leaves and garlicAdd chopped onions and fry until they become transparent.Add ginger garlic paste followed by tomato. Cook until tomatoes become mushyAdd chopped vendaikai (Okra) and fry them for about 5- 6 minutesPour tamarind water and salt according to your tasteCook until lady’s finger is cooked and water is absorbed. In case of gravy, adjust water level according to your requirements.Serve this Vendaikai Puli Kootu along with Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha for a perfect lunch.