Friday, 21 March 2014

Vendakka Masala - Okra Masala

  Okra or Ladies Finger is one vegetable that we cook very often at home.This is one recipe that I prepare when we feel like having okra with Chapati.Okra has loads of health benefits.I still remember being told as a kid that Ladies finger is good for your brain and it helps you to be good at mathematics.I still don't understand logic behind Okra helping you with maths though :) But I really would be happy if it could help my brain with learning German.I've been here in Germany for more than 5 years now and I really wish to master the language,but I'm a real lousy student.I still manage to day dream during my German classes,something that I've been consistently doing from my school days :) The best part is my brain now sometimes get stuck with English words and comes up with an equivalent German word.I keep telling myself that It's because I'm getting older :) But then yesterday I happened to step into a Spanish language class by mistake and I noticed that almost half the students were people of the age group from 50 - 70.I was surprised as to how attentive and enthusiastic they appeared.I remember another memorable incident,before a month I happened to meet another old German lady at my language school.When I told her that I was from the southern part of India,she asked me if I was from Madras.When I said yes she asked me 'Vanakkam,eppadi irrukeenge ?'.I was really taken aback when she told me that she was doing a Tamil language course and she finds the script very interesting.Germany has a lot of immigrants from Sri Lanka and I guess that could explain the interest in Tamil.When I asked her what drives her to learn at this age,she smiled and simply answered that it makes her happy and keeps her gray cells alive :)Her attitude really touched me!
  Back to the recipe it's very simple and yumm ! This has been lying in my drafts from Christmas (as you can see from the pic:))..I hope I get to post more regularly and and clear my drafts soon :)

You'll Need:
Okra - 200 g
Onion - 1 big(chopped)
Tomato - 1 -2 big(pureed)
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 3/4 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Curd -3 - 4 tbsp
Kasoori Methi - 1 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
oil -1 tbsp & 2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp(finely chopped)
salt as needed

-Clean the okras and pat them dry.Chop the crown and the rim.Cut them into 1" pieces.To a pan add one tbsp of oil and when it heats up add the chopped okra and salt as needed and saute on a low flame for 5 - 6 minutes until they are slightly crisp.Transfer the fried okra to another vessel.You can also deep fry the okra,it definitely enhances the taste.
-Add 2 tsp of oil to a pan and when it heats up add the onions and saute until they turn translucent.Then add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the mixture is well browned.
-Add the tomato puree and mix well.Add the turmeric powder,cumin powder,chopped coriander leaves,curd,coriander powder and chilli powder,salt and mix well.Cover and cook on a low flame for 5 -7 minutes.
-After 5 minutes when the mixture starts oozing oil,add about 1/2 a cup of water and mix well.
-Add the fried okra,Garam Masala Powder and Kasoori Methi powder and mix well.
-Let the mixture cook on a slow flame for another 5 - 7 minutes. Done !

Thanks for stopping by ! Have a nice day !


  1. very lovely and tasty bhindi masala..

  2. Okra is one of my most favorite foods... Wow, i am totally impressed by this lady..

  3. I love okra, anyways, this looks very tempting to try

  4. Love that first shot Reni :) The curry sounds yum too.

    I have never been much of a language learner. Great that you are learning German :)

  5. How did I miss this recipe? My hubby's fav is okra and this delicious dish will simply please him to the max. Next weekend, I shall try out.

  6. perfectly made okras, loving it!!!

  7. Never tried this one........... Looks tempting!!

  8. masala looks wonderful reni .by the way i recently saw a video one french lady talking in srilankan tamil very fluently n she is a tamil teacher in srilanka .wondering we tamilians have to take intrest on our language .

  9. one of my favorite vegetables... ur masala looks really delicious...

  10. Amazing to know a German lady speaking Tamil... Nice to know your learning Germany...
    BTW vendakka masala looks very delicious and mouthwatering....

  11. sure it goes well vth rice n rotis...yummy...

  12. one of my favorite of luck for learning new language...

  13. Amei conhecer o seu blog, já fiquei por aqui!!!Achei maravilhoso!!!Visite-me:
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


    Beijos Marie.

  14. Wow happy to know German people learn Tamil... Proud for that.... Vendakkai curry superb...


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