Monday, November 14, 2016

Vendaikkai Morkuzhambu / Okra in Yogurt gravy

Ingredients
Vendaikkai/ Okra / Ladies finger - 6
Sour Buttermilk - 1 cup
Turmeric powder -1/8teaspoon
Few curry leaves
Mustard seeds -1/2teaspoon
To grind
Coconut - 1/4cup
Cumin seeds -1teaspoon
Coriander seeds-  1/2teaspoon
Ginger - small piece
Green chillies -2 (adjust to spice level)

Method
Wash, pat dry and cut the vendaikkai/okra into 2 inch pieces.
Heat little oil in a pan, sauté the vendaikkai until the sliminess is gone and its half cooked, keep it aside.

Take the items given under "To grind" in a small mixie jar, add little water and make it into a fine paste.
Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, let them pop-up. Then add the curry leaves, the ground paste.. add 1/4 cup of water, turmeric powder and enough salt. let it boil.

In the mean time, keep the buttermilk ready. As I have used yogurt here, I added little water to the yogurt and pulsed it in mixie. 

Now, reduce the heat to low, add the beaten buttermilk to the coconut gravy. Mix it gently until you see nice froth forming up. 
Add the sautéed  vendaikkai/ okra and switch off the flame. Let the kuzhambu sit for 10-15 minutes and serve as an accompaniment of white rice and some spicy vegetable curry. I had it with seppankizhangu / Arbi fry. 

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