Also known as: Bhindi, Vendai kai, Bende kayi, Okra.
Description: Lady’s fingers are cultivated in the tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world. It appears to be a long capsule, green in colour with numerous seeds. The vegetable appears to be slimy when cut. It can be cooked whole to minimize the sliminess.
Commonly used in: Lady’s fingers are used in different ways by various cultures. In South India it is cut into 1 inch pieces and cooked in sambar or in curries. It is also stir fried with spices or pickled.
Health benefit: Lady’s fingers are a popular health food due to its high fiber, Vitamin C, and folate content. It is also known for being high in antioxidants and is a good source of calcium and potassium. It also helps to soothe the gastrointestinal tract.