Vendakka / Okra Rasam


3 vendakka/ okra/ ladies finger
3-4 cups of water
1 big tomato, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 green chillies, slit
1/2 tsp ginger paste
1/2 tsp garlic paste
1 tbsp coriander leaves
small lemon sized tamarind
2 sprig curry leaves
1 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 dry red chilly
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil


  1. Soak tamarind in little water for 10 minutes, extract its juice and keep it aside.
  2. Wash and chop okra into pieces / cubes and keep it aside.
  3. In a deep pan, add chopped tomato, onion, green chillies, coriander leaves , curry leaves and water and mix well with hand.
  4. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, ginger paste, garlic paste , chopped okra and salt to this and cook for 3 minutes at medium flame, stirring in between.
  5. Then add tamarind extract , mix well and cook at medium flame for 15-20 minutes. Check for salt.
  6. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and cumin seeds. Add crushed garlic, red chillies and curry leaves and fry.
  7. Add this seasoning to the rasam and boil for 1-2 minutes at low flame. Remove from the flame and serve with rice…

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