Vendaikkai kara kuzhambu (Okra tamarind based curry)

Vendaikkai kara kuzhambu (Okra tamarind based curry)

Best kara kuzhambu recipe that can be packed for lunch boxes. This is Chettinad style kara kuzhambu. You can replace the lady’s finger with brinjal, drumstick ,etc., I have used coconut in this recipe, but you can skip it also.

Vendaikkai kara kuzhambu (Okra curry - tamarind based curry)

March 27, 2018
: 6
: 10 min
: 20 min
: 30 min
: Easy


  • Lady's finger - 12
  • Shallots- 15
  • Tomato - 1
  • Garlic - 3
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red chili - 2
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Sesame oil - 3 tbsp
  • Shredded coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tbsp
  • Step 1 Heat a pan and oil to you it
  • Step 2 Once the oil is hot enough add the chopped okra and fry it for 5 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Step 3 Remove the semi- fried okras to a plate once done.
  • Step 4 Add some more oil to the same pan and add cumin seeds.
  • Step 5 Then add the peeled shallots and saute it for 5 minutes.
  • Step 6 Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till it turns mushy.
  • Step 7 Then add the spice powders one by one (Turmeric powder, Red chili powder, Coriander powder) and saute it till the raw flavor goes.
  • Step 8 Add the shredded coconut and switch off the flame.
  • Step 9 Allow it to cool and then grind it to a paste with little water.
  • Step 10 Now on the same add some more oil, add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chili and curry leaves
  • Step 11 Add the grinded masala paste and some water to it (if need).
  • Step 12 Add the tamarind pulp water and salt.
  • Step 13 Cook it for 5 minutes and then add the fried okras and cook it for another 5 minutes.
  • Step 14 Once the gravy is thickened , it is ready.
  • Step 15 You can transfer it to a serving dish and enjoy.


  • Frying the okra in sesame oil gives you the unique flavors so don’t skip this step.
  • If you don’t like the coconut flavor you can very will skip that part.

Here is the recipe video for the better understanding.


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