Sunday, March 29, 2009

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 ))

Here are 2 veggie dishes I tried over the week and both of them are made out of Ladies Finger.. or so called Bhindi, give it a try and it is made by many people



Bhindi 200gms

Onion 1 cup (finely sliced)

Jeera seeds 1 tsp

Ginger& Garlic 1 tbsp (finely chopped)

Vinegar 1 tbsp

Red chilly powder 1 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Oil 2 tbs Salt to taste

Lemon juice 1 tsp

Coriander for garnish


-Wash the Ladies Finger ,pat dry it in a kitchen towel till dry and cut into 1 inch pieces and keep aside.

-Heat oil in a Kadai and add the jeera seeds when it crackles add the onions and stir fry till nice and brown then add the Ginger and Garlic along with the Veggie and stir fry adding Chilly and turmeric powder, now add the required salt, Vinegar and cook covered on slow fire for about 5 Min's ,

-Open and check if the vegetable is cooked stirring gently and ensure it is dry, spoon over the lemon juice and serve garnished with coriander leaves

This is an excellent side dish for Rice or Chapati.