Monday, 15 October 2012

Ladies Finger Tamarind Gravy [Vendaikaai Puli Kuzhambu]

Lady's Finger is a unique vegetable, which has many health benefits. It stimulates the synthesis of Vitamin B. It helps in bowel expansion and it also heals ulcer. It is mainly good for diabetic patients. In addition to all its benefits, it has a good taste. We could eat it raw!! Now lets go through the Ladies finger tamarind gravy recipe.

Ladies Finger Tamarind Gravy [Vendaikaai Puli Kuzhambu]

  • 150g of ladies finger
  • 1 ladle of gingili oil
  • 1/4 tsp of mustard seed
  • 1/4 tsp of split black gram
  • 3 onions
  • 3 tomatoes
  • Lemon sized tamarind
  • 2 tsp of red chilly powder
  • 2 tsp of coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin seed powder
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

  • Wash and cut the ladies finger in to small pieces and chop the onion
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seed and split black gram. Wait till it crackles.
  • Add finely chopped onions and saute it till it becomes golden brown.
  • Saute tomatoes, ladies finger,turmeric powder and salt with the onion till tomatoes get smashed.
  • Extract from tamarind, chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin seed powder and adequate water should be added.
  • Wait till it gets boiling and reduce the flame and leave it in simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the fire and garnish it with chopped coriander leaves.

Goes well with:
I would serve it with rice, idli or dosa.Fried papad will be the best combination for this gravy.

Always buy tender ladies finger. To select tender ladies finger break the tail part of the ladies finger. If if breaks easily, then that ladies finger is suitable for cooking.

Do you like this recipe? Which is your favorite ladies finger recipe?