October 29, 2012

Ladies Finger / Vendakkai Sambar

    Dear friends ,

    This is a traditional simple South Indian sambar recipe.You don’t need any special sambar  powder to prepare this yummy sambar.Sambar is a dal preparation with veggies and is made in every South Indian homes regularly and my mom prepares sambar atleast 3 times a week .Any vegetable can be used to make sambar but veggies like Drumsticks , Ladies finger , Radish makes it so flavourful.And this okra is my sons favaurite so I will prepare this once in a week. Here comes the simple recipe…






    Vendakkai / Okra – 250 gms

    Carrot – 2 chopped / diced ( Optional )

    Toor dal / Tuvaram paruppu – 150 gms

    Onion – 1/2 chopped

    Tomato – 3 chopped

    Green chillies – 2 slit lengthwise

    Turmeric powder / Manjal thool – 1/2 tsp

    Chilly powder / Milagai thool – 1/2 tsp ( increase or decrease as per your spice level)

    Tamarind – a small gooseberry size / 2 tbsp extract

    Coriander leaves – a handful chopped

    Salt to taste


    For Tempering


    Oil – 3 tsp

    Mustard seeds / Kadugu – 1/2 tsp

    Urad dal / Ulunthamparuppu – 1/2 tsp

    Cumin seeds / Jeeragam – 1/4 tsp

    Fenugreek seeds / Venthayam – a generous pinch

    Pepper / Milagu – 1/4 tsp

    Dry red chillies – 5 in nos ( increase or decrease as per your spice level )

    Asafoetida – a generous pinch

    Curry leaves – a spring




    Wash the dal several times in water and transfer to a pressure cooker with enough water and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and cook it till done (4-5 whistles).



    Wash and  pat the veggies dry.Chop it to 1 inch pieces .Heat a tsp oil in a kadai and add the chopped veggies and shallow fry till they turn colour ( will take app 5 - 6 mins . Don’t burn the vegetable, better keep in medium flame while frying).



    Heat the remaining oil in a kadai and add the tempering agents and fry for a min.



    Add the onions and green chillies and fry for 2-3 mins.



    Add the tomatoes and fry for few more mins.Add the fried okra and carrot and saute with the tomatoes for 2 more mins.




    Then add the cooked dal with enough water ( 3-4 cups ) .



    Add salt and chilly powder and allow to boil .



    Let the veggies cook till they are done (Cover it partially while cooking).




    Now add the tamarind extract and allow to boil for 2 mins.



    Throw in the chopped coriander and switch off the flame.Serve with hot steamed rice.




    Any spicy poriyal / fry will be a perfect combination to this sambar rice.Here are some good combo for sambar rice…. Click to check the recipes..…


  • Cauliflower Poriyal / Fry

  • Potato Varuval / Fry

  • Kovakkai Poriyal / Tindora Fry

  • Kothavarangai Poriayal / Cluster beans fry



  • Make the  okra sambar watery Or after few hours it will become so thick because of the veggie’s slimy nature.

  • Adjust the spice as per your taste as we are adding red chillies, green chillies and chilly powder.Don’t omit red and green chillies as it gives a wonderful flavour to the sambar.You can reduce chilli powder .

  • You can use the same method to make sambar with other veggies just skip the initial shallow frying step with other vegetables .

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divya said...

looks so healthy & delicious...mouthwatering!

divyagcp said...

Healthy and delicious Sambhar..

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Sangeetha Nambi said...

Super tempting sambar...

Unknown said...

Wow dear, yummy preparation.
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Divya A said...

Lovely sambar well made Tamil.. I make vendakkai sambar very often :)
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Priya Suresh said...

Love this flavourful sambar anytime, serve me with rice and appalam i'll have even everyday.

Amelia said...

Hi Tamilarasi, your okra curry look delicious. I'm sure it taste good with rotis. :)

Have a nice week ahead.

Unknown said...

never made sambhar without sambhar powder. looks delicious and thanks for sharing this

Menaga Sathia said...

love this flavourful sambhar,simply superb!!

Unknown said...

well made sambhar..

Unknown said...

love vendakka sambar

Swathi said...

Delicious vendakkai sambar perfect for any meal.

Julie said...

Healthy sambhar:)
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Unknown said...

Delicious n yummy sambhar

Unknown said...

This is first time i cooked sambhar in my life and it came out very well .

Thanks for the post

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