Sunday, March 18, 2012

Okra Coconut gravy / Vendakkai Thengai Kootu

This is amma's recipe and one which she makes often. I love having okra raw, love its crunchiness and goeiness but when it comes as a side dish, I detest it. Amma doesn't care when I refuse to have the okra kootu cos already half the quantity would have been finished off by me and only the rest makes it to the stove.

After marriage, I am on the lookout for new dishes, as the huss hates raw okra and hates it when I repeat them in the same recipe. Remembered this recipe from Amma, so a quick call I made, a flow of instructions I got and I was there in the kitchen with a new recipe to try out.

~*What U Need*~
Lady's fingers - 200 gms
Onions(large)(sliced) - 1
Tomatoes(medium) - 1
Tamarind extract - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Oil - 2 tsp

To grind
Grated Coconut - 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Pearl Onions - 5
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp

How I Made it:
Grind the ingredients under 'grind section' to a semi-coarse paste adding water.

Chop lady's fingers. Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, urad dhal and curry leaves, allow to splutter. Add onions and saute till transparent. Add chopped tomatoes and fry till soft and mushy.

Now add the chopped lady's fingers. After 2-3 mins, add the tamarind extract and give a nice mix. Close with lid and after 5 mins, add the ground mixture and stir well.

Add some water and allow to cook. Adjust water to desired consistency.

This makes a good side dish for white rice!!!

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So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Nice and delicious recipe.. looks awesome !!
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  2. Very different preparation with okra..

  3. Nice delicious curry !! looks wonderful !!

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  4. Never heard of this kootu. Should try.

  5. Never tried okra with coconuts, lovely recipe.

  6. The one veggie I love most is okra..Nice recipe to have.Bookmarked.Thanks.

  7. never tried okra and coconut, looks so delicious..lovely !!

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  8. Have never made okra with coconut paste before. Sounds and looks yumm!

  9. Yummy looking okra dish. Would love to try this sometime :)

  10. hv never tried okra n coconut this si sure delicious!!

  11. I have heard a lot about this okra along with coconut, it surely looks very delicious.

  12. I've never tried Okra with coconut, will give this a shot. You can link this to my event pls.

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  13. i never tried okra in kootu. sounds interesting

  14. Wow! okra with coconut what a flavorfull dish.

  15. yummy preperation with okra.....i never tried this way....yummy

  16. Ah okra is a favourite of mine, never tried it with coconut...gotta try...

  17. Yummy and my fav too. Looks perfect.

  18. Neve tried okra kootu,looks wonderful!!

  19. Looks very delicious...Bhindi is my daughter's favorite veggie

  20. simple soul food..great with chapati..

  21. Nice Curry, I have never added coconut paste to bhindi, Will try your way next time, Vimitha..

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  22. nice one...i never tried like this way..okra is my fav...yummy delicious one

  23. looking Great and lovely presentation. Very very nice!doing every time fry vth bhendi felt bore.vl try this.........

  24. Delicious curry.. Very new to me.

  25. okra curry sounds so yummy n wonderful preparation...very nice recipe!

  26. Simple and tasty okra dish... bookmarked Vimitha.. gonna try this...
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  27. Nice kootu!Good presentation!

  28. Haven't tried kootu yet with okras, looks wonderful...a must try recipe for me.

  29. Made this for lunch today... Liked it very much!!

    1. So happy to know that you tried and liked it... :)))). Lots of hugs...

  30. Okra with some tamarind and coconut is absolutely new to me! Thanks for sharing, I'm going to try for dinner tonight.


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