Ladies finger Pachadi - Tirunelveli Vendakka Pachadi

This is a wonderful Tirunelveli Ladies finger pachadi that is usually served with sambar and rasam. There are many versions for this recipe. This version includes ladies finger, tomato, raw mangoes and it gets flavouring from small onions, red chilly powder and asafoetida powder.  The coconut paste adds a delicious richness to the pachadi. Simple to make and a very tasty side dish for traditional South Indian meals.

Ladies finger Pachadi with step by step photos

Prep time  : 10 minutes
Cook time : 15 minutes
Total time : 25 minutes
Yield : 2 cups

  • 5 ladies finger
  • 10 small onions
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 tbsp sliced mangoes
  • 2 small slit green chillies
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
  • 1 tsp jaggery (optional)
  • few curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt
For coconut paste
  • 3 tbsp grated coconut
  • 2 small onions
  • 1/4 tsp jeera

For tempering

  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp urid dal
  • few curry leaves
  • 1 tsp oil
Cooking Directions
1. Wash the ladies finger and wipe it with a towel. Cut the tip and the crown. Slit them and chop it finely. Peel the onions and chop it finely. Slit the green chillies and chop the tomatoes.

2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadai and add the chopped small onions, green chillies and ladies finger. Keep in medium flame and saute it until crisp.

 3. When you see a light brown colour on the ladies finger add the tomatoes and mango slices. Saute it for a minute and add 1/2 cup of water. Cook in medium flame.

 4. When the ladies fingers are cooked well add the turmeric powder, red chilly powder, salt and asafoetida powder. Then add the ground coconut paste to it.

5. Mix them well and add few curry leaves. When you see bubbles on the top of the pachadi switch off the flame.

6. Heat a tsp of oil in a pan and add mustard and urid dal. When it splutters add the curry leaves and drop it to the hot pachadi. Yummy pachadi is ready.

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