Ladies finger is one of my favourite vegetable. I love it even if it is simply fried in oil with chilli powder. It will be a special one for me. I usually don't like puli kuzhambu but this is an exceptional in those categories. In my childhood, I've heard people saying if we eat ladies finger our brain will develop and we can become a math genius. This is how I started eating vendakka.
Sources says ladies finger increases memory power. It is good for diabetics as it fight against it and helps to loss weight. It's a low calorie vegetable and keeps your stomach full. It is also good during pregnancy. It helps foetus growth and development of brain. It focuses on all category people. So why not add this vegetable in your weekly menu. Here is the recipe...
Vendakkai Puli Kuzhambu
Ladies finger - 200gm
Tamarind - lemon sized
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Tomato - 1(small)
Green chillies - 2
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Dry red chilli - 8
Small onion / Shallots - 8
Coconut - 3/4 cup, grated
Cumin / Jeerakam - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Small onion - 1
Curry leaves - a sprig
Oil - 2 tblspn
Soak tamarind in warm water and extract its juice. Cut ladies finger into 1 cm pieces.
Heat a few drops of oil in a pan and fry red chilli. Grind together the ingredients listed under "to grind" into a smooth paste by adding little water.
Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan, add the chopped ladies finger and sauté until the stickiness is gone. Transfer it to a bowl.
Now, Heat oil in the same pan, add mustard seeds. When it starts to crackle, add in chopped small onion and curry leaves. Add chopped tomato and slit green chillies.
Then, add in the ground coconut, onion, chilli paste and coriander powder. Sauté until the raw smell goes off.
When the oil separates pour in the tamarind paste and add in 2.5 cups of water, turmeric and salt.
At this stage add the ladies finger, cover and cook for 15-20 mins in medium heat. When it is reduced and thickens remove from flame.
Serve hot with rice.
You can roast coconut before grinding, but I usually don't do this.
|Keep all your ingredients ready
|Heat a few drops of oil in a pan and roast red chilli and transfer it to a bowl
|Again heat oil and saute ladies finger until the stickiness is gone
|Grind roasted chilli, coconut and cumin seeds into a smooth paste, adding little water
|In the same pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When mustard begin to crackle, add onion and curry leaves
|Add in slit green chillies
|and tomatoes. Saute for a minute
|Now add the ground coconut paste
|and coriander powder. Saute until raw smell is gone
|Pour the tamarind water
|and add enough water
|Finally, add the sauteed ladies finger
|Cover and cook for 15 - 20 minutes