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Vendakkai curry recipe

Vendakkai curry is delicious one with onion and tomato base. Step wise pictures and full video recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people


  • 22 Ladies finger/ vendakkai
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tomato
  • 1 teaspoon Sambar powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric
  • Salt - As needed
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 1 tbps Oil

To Temper

  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Ulutham paruppu/ Urad dal
  • 1 Curry leaves sprig


  • Wash and pat dry the ladies finger and cut into desired bite size pieces.
  • Chop the onion and tomatoes finely and set aside. Heat a pan with the sesame oil and fry the cut ladies finger in medium flame stirring now and then until the ladies finger starts turning brown here and there and the viscous nature of it goes away. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil  for tempering and splutter the mustard,add urad dal and the curry leaves. Add the chopped onion and fry till transparent.
  • In goes chopped tomatoes, add required salt, fry till the tomatoes turn mushy.
  • Add the fried ladies finger,sambar powder and turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Sprinkle some water if needed  and mix well and cook covered in medium low flame. Water from tomato itself is enough for this to get cooked, if adding water just a tablespoon of water is enough.
  • Stir in between for even cooking. After the ladies finger gets cooked, keep the flame in medium and let the masala get brown and oil oozes out form the curry. Turn the curry occasionally to get the browning effect. Top with oil if it sticks in the pan.



  • Choose young ladies finger while buying (if you break the tail part,it should break crisp) 
  • If the ladies finger is very old, big and have so much of seeds in it, it's not young and it will break while you cook and won't be tasty. While you test, the tip won't break completely. 
  • Add oil sufficiently at each stage to avoid stickiness. Add as necessary. 
  • There should not be any water content with ladies finger as it will make it more slime-y and takes long time to get rid of it while cooking. 
  • Sesame oil helps to reduce the slime.