Vendakka Parippu Pulinkari / Okra Dal Pulincurry


8-10 vendakka / okra / ladies finger
1/2 cup toor dal
1 big onion, sliced
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 1/4 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida
small lemon sized tamarind
salt to taste
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
3 dry red chillies
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped


  1. Cut the okra into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces and keep it aside. Soak tamarind in little water and squeeze out its extract and keep it aside.
  2. Wash the toor dal and cook it in a pressure cooker adding sliced onion, turmeric powder, salt and enough water.
  3. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and add chopped okra, tomatoes, chilli powder, asafoetida, tamarind extract and salt and mix well and cook well till done.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add fenugreek seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves and fry.
  5. Add this to the curry and chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Serve with rice…

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