Simple stir fried Okra/ Lady’s finger/ Vendakkai in spice powder with roasted peanuts. Okra stir fry is a very popular side dish that is served or eaten with rice/chapati. It makes a nice combo for everyday sambar, rasam or curd rice varieties. I found this interesting combination of adding peanuts to regular okra fry at Kamalascorner and book marked it to try. It turned out very tasty with a nice touch of crunch. Here is the recipe…
வெண்டைக்காய் பொரியல் / Ladies Finger Curry / Bhindi Sabzi Recipe / Vendakkai Varuval / Vendakkai Fry / Okra Fry / Ladys Finger Fry / Poriyal / Porial / Okra Peanut Stir-fry
|Okra / Ladys finger||15|
|Onion||1 medium size|
|Garlic cloves||8 small|
|Turmeric powder||1/4 Teaspoon|
|Sambar Powder||2 Teaspoon|
|Mustard seeds||1/2 Teaspoon|
|Cumin seeds||1/2 Teaspoon|
|Split Black gram||1/2 Teaspoon|
|Salt||3/4 Teaspoon or to taste)|
Wash the okra and place them on a paper or kitchen towel until completely dry. Chop the head and tail and them cut them into small circles or slice in an angle and keep aside.
Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds, split black gram and peanuts. Fry them till golden and then add the cumin seeds and curry leaves.
Once the peanuts turn crispy add the sliced onions and garlic. Fry them for few seconds.
Add the okra pieces and give a quick stir. Cover the cook over low-medium flame for 5 minutes. Once done the okras will look bright green and cooked.
Now add turmeric powder, salt and sambar powder. (Please note: some store bought sambar powder includes salt so adjust while adding salt)
Fry till all the masala gets coated to the okra and thickens. Keep frying over medium flame until it becomes dry and then switch off. Goes well sambar, rasam and thayir sadam.
3 adult servings
Store bought sambar powder may include salt, so cut down on the salt.
Make sure the okra is completely dry to avoid it becoming slimy.
You may choose to add whole peanuts with skin on or regular halved peanuts or crushed.