Vendakka Pachadi is a Kerala style Pachadi often served as part of Onam Sadya.
The main ingredients of vendakka pachadi are okra, which is fried to perfection. It is mixed with a thick curd based gravy.
In Onam Sadya, it is served in small portions on a banana leaf.
Vendakka / okra – ½ kg
Turmeric powder – ¾ tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Green chillies – 5-6
Grated coconut – ¾ to 1 cup
Curd – 1 cup
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Dry red chillies – 2-3
Coconut oil – as needed
Wash okra and towel dry. Cut both ends of okra.
Cut okra into slices.
In a mixer jar, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, green chillies, coconut, and little water (3-4 tbsp). Grind the ingredients to fine paste.
Beat the curd to remove any lumps.
Heat oil in a pan. Fry okra till it is crispy. Set aside fried okra.
Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds starts to pop, add dry red chillies and curry leaves. Saute well.
Now add ground coconut paste. Cook for 2-3 minutes to remove raw smell of coconut. Add water if required.
Add curd and salt now. Curd should not be too sour.
Add okra. Mix well.
Vendakka Pachadi is ready.