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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Vendakka Paal Curry | Okra-Coconut milk Curry(Step wise Pics)

Vendakka paal curry is a Kerala speciality,mildly spiced coconut milk based curry that goes well with rice.This tastes similar to okra stew as coconut milk is the main highlight.My MIL makes this curry often and that's how I got to know this curry.The okra can be replaced with bitter gourds and bitter gourd coconut milk curry can be made,which I sometime do.The only difference in preparation is that there is no sauteing of bitter gourd(pavakka) like vendakka(okra) to reduce sliminess and vinegar is used to balance flavors instead of lemon juice.The coconut milk is the only substance in the gravy so don't make it very watery.Give this a try and enjoy !!



Ingredients
okra 15-20
onion 1 medium;sliced
ginger 1' piece;sliced
green chillies 3;vertical slit
turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
chilli powder 1/2 tsp(optional)
coconut milk 2 cups thin
coconut milk 1/4 cup thick
lemon juice 1-2 tbsp
curry leaves a sprig
oil 2-3 tbsp(preferably coconut oil)

to temper
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
shallots round sliced 2-3
fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp
curry leaves a sprig
oil 1 tsp 






Method
  • Wash the okra  under running water and wipe them dry with a paper towel(reduces stickiness).I used the variety we find here in US and so they were small.I could have used the whole as a single piece but I cut in half.If its Indian variety cut in half to get 2" pieces.
  • Heat 2tbsp of oil in a pan and add the okra.Fry the okra until slightly wilted and its no more sticky.Drain in  a plate.
  • In the remaining oil,add the sliced onions with ginger and green chillies.Saute until translucent.Add curry leaves and okra.Add in turmeric powder and chilli powder(if using).Saute on low flame till raw smell disappears.


  • Add the 2nd milk or thin coconut milk,adjust salt to taste.Cover and simmer for 4-5  mins until the okra cooks up well and the sauce thickens.Add in the lemon juice,adjust salt if required.
  • Finally,add the thick coconut milk on low flame and give a quick stir,switch off flame.
  • In another pan,add a tsp of oil  and splutter mustard seeds.Add in fenugreek seeds and then shallots,curry leaves.Saute the shallots until it turns pinkish brown.Switch off flame and pour over curry.
  • Keep covered for 10 minutes and then serve warm !!


Serves ~ 3 adults


NOTES
* I have used hot chilli powder to increase spices but you can always omit that and increase green chillies.Don't use kashmiri chilly powder as it ruins the color of this curry.
* I have diluted the canned thick coconut milk to make thin coconut milk.I used 1/2 cup thick milk and added water to make 2 cups of thin coconut milk.You can use freshly squeezed coconut milk,in that case use 2nd and 1st milk(thick).

For all veg curries(ozhichu curry) from Kerala,click this link.





18 comments:

Ramya Venkateswaran said... Best Blogger Tips

interesting sis

Beulah - FullScoops said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks yum!

Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

this looks so creamy and perfect side for rice

Magees kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Vendaikkai Paal curry looks delicious!

nandoos Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely curry, love it..

Sona S said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a lovely flavorful curry, looks really tempting and inviting..

beena stephen said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it. Tempting curry

VidyaLakshmi Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely okra currry...yummy with hot rice :)

Linsy Patel said... Best Blogger Tips

coconut milk is better than yogurt i guess, looks yum

Amrita Roy said... Best Blogger Tips

liked the gravy..

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

I am coming with my plate of rice now... to have it with this delicious paal curry...

Farin Ahmed said... Best Blogger Tips

Okra in coconut milk..Wow interesting and yummy

Remya Elizabeth Anish said... Best Blogger Tips

Very tempting okra curry..... pass me some.... :)

Marisa G said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious curry. I'm not used to this type of dishes but only the photos ask me to taste it. Beautiful

Meena Kumar said... Best Blogger Tips

I sometimes make this paal curry with spicy meat dishes looks yumm Julie. U have a nadan dish list kalavara. :)

Anu Yalo said... Best Blogger Tips

tempting curry as usual!!

Shweta Agrawal said... Best Blogger Tips

that stone bowl is too good yaar!
I can never have bhindi in liquid curry< though this recipe sounds promosing

Jasna Varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

I appreciate every new recipe with okra; thanks for sharing!