Vendakka Pachadi / Ladies Finger Pachadi

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

Curry leaves

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.

14 thoughts on “Vendakka Pachadi / Ladies Finger Pachadi”

  1. oh this is such a comforting dish for summer noons…a definite try with rice for lunch,thanks so much for sharing 🙂


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