Vendakkai Podi Curry is one of those dishes which will make even Okra non-lovers fall in love with the humble, tasty vegetable. A vegetarian, South Indian dish, Vendakkai Podi Curry/Vendakkai Poriyal is made with the combination of fresh okra (lady's finger) and dal powder which is a delicious roasted mixture of chana dal, urad dal, dry red chillies, coriander seeds, roasted rolled oats and roasted quinoa, making for a delectable and yet wonderfully healthy mixture at the same time.
This particular spiced and roasted dal mixture gives an extra something to the okra stir fry recipe.
This South Indian style ladies finger fry is very easy to prepare and takes very less time to cook if the okra is still fresh. It also brings freshness to the dish. All one needs to do is add mustard seeds, urad dal, slit green chillies, curry leaves, chopped onions and salt, and sauté the mixture before adding the chopped okra pieces and the oats-quinoa powder.
An important note is to not add the salt until the okra is fully cooked, or the sliminess that is associated with the okra will never go and will continue to stay in the dish.
This dish is best enjoyed as a vegetable during lunch or dinner time and can be paired with rice and roti both, with delicious yellow dal or sambar to go along with them. This crispy vendakkai fry is high in dietary fibre and low in calories.