Vendakka Ularth/ Okra /Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti

Vendakka Ularth or Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti is a simple side dish for rice. Okra, also known as Lady’s Finger, Bhindi, Vendakka etc. has amazing health benefits. There are innumerable ways to prepare Okra and due to its slimy texture, most people hate this amazing vegetable. Well, the best way to get rid of it is by stir fry method.  Bhindi or Vendakka is low in carb and calories and high in potassium, Calcium, Folate, Vitamins and fiber. Even more reasons to add them to your diet. 

Mezhukkupuratti or stir fry is a healthy way to prepare vegetables. Most vegetables can be prepared this way; check recipes like Beans mezhukkupuratti, Kaya stir fry, Kovakka mezhukkupuratti, Achinga stir fry, chena, koorkka, cheru payar/ Mung Beans and Vanpayar / Red cowpeas. Vendakka ularth is easy to prepare and requires only few ingredients. Although there are different ways to prepare Vendakka Ularth, this is my favourite recipe. Pepper and Garam Masala pep up the dish and make it mildly spicy and delicious. Once you cook the Vendakka and allow to cool, the sliminess disappears.

For preparing Vendakka Ularthiyathu, try to get tender, fresh, baby Okra, which is perfect for this recipe. If you like Okra, try my Bhindi Masala recipe and the classic Kerala style Vendakka Mappas recipe. Please check and try my other vegetable recipes like Beans Thoran, Cabbage Cherupayar thoran, Cheera parippu thoran, Chemmeen manga thoran, Vazhakoombu cherupayar thoran, padavalanga carrot thoran, Peechinga thoran, Kovakka thoran, Sprouts thoran, Vanpayar Kaya thoran, cherupayra kaya thoran, Beans carrot thoran etc. You will love the combos and simple thorans that makes a daily meal heartening.

This simple Vendakka ularth is mildly spiced with Pepper and green chilies. Onions, pepper and chillies add to the flavor and make it appealing. Follow the tips below for getting best results. Enjoy!!

Ingredients for Vendakka Ularthiyath:

Okra/ Vendakka/ Lady’s Finger

: 250 gms

Onion

: 1 no.

Mustard

: ½ tsp

Curry leaves

: 2 sprigs

Green chilies

: 2 nos.

Turmeric powder

: ½ tsp

Pepper powder

: ½ tsp

Garam Masala

: a pinch

Salt

: as required

Coconut oil

: 1 tbsp

Method:

Wash Okra/ Vendakka thoroughly and dry them with a towel. Cut them slightly diagonally into thin slices and keep aside.

Vendakka Ularth / Okra / Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti

Slice the onions, slit green chilies and keep ready. Heat coconut oil in a non-stick Kadai, crackle mustards, add curry leaves, then add the onion and slit green chilies. Stir fry for few minutes on high flame. Add Turmeric powder, pepper powder and a pinch of Garam Masala.

Vendakka Ularth / Okra / Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti Vendakka Ularth / Okra / Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti

To this, add Okra, enough salt and combine well. Stir fry on high flame for few minutes till cooked. It takes less than three minutes to cook. 

Vendakka Ularth / Okra / Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti

If it gets sticky / slimy allow to cool slightly. It will be fine. Serve with rice. You will love this crunchy green Vendakka Ularth.

Tips:

  • Always use tender and fresh Vendakka to make this recipe.
  • Wipe it dry after washing. Cut it thin, slightly diagonally, in order to cook easily.
  • Adjust the measure of green chilies as per your taste.
  • Vendakka needs very less cooking time. Stir fry for few minutes only to make it soft and crunchy.
  • Check link – “how to make Garam Masala at home”
  • Do not add water.
  • Coconut oil should be used for best flavors!

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