This is a famous dish made in the Chettinad Areas like Karaikudi and other villages is called Vendakai Mandi, it is very simple and has a unique sour flavour on account of the tamarind used along with the water of the rice that has been washed the 2 nd time, the villagers really relish it with plain rice for their lunch.
Ladies Finger 200 gms
Oil 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Onions 1/2 cup (finely sliced)
Tomato 1/2 cup (sliced)
Tamarind small lemon sized
Rice water 2 cups
Salt to taste
Green Chilly 4 nos
Ginger & Garlic 1 tbsp (finely sliced)
Curry leaves 1 sprig
-Wash the ladies Finger and pat dry it in a kitchen towel till dry, keep aside.
-Get 2 cups of water from washed rice and soak the tamarind in this rice water for a while and extract all the pulp , keep aside.
-In a deep bottomed pan or kadai heat the oil add the mustard and cumin seeds when it crackles add the onions, curry leaves , Ginger and garlic stir fry on high heat at the same time adding the veggies also saute well so the ladies finger is well mixed with all the ingredients, add the required salt to taste and mix well. now pour in the mixture of tamarind pulp and simmer for 7-10 Min's on very slow fire till the water reduces slightly leaving the vegetables cooked.
-Remove and serve garnished with curry leaves.
(( here you will notice that the ladies finger does not gets sticky and messy on account of the tamarind used ))