Bendakaya Curry | Vendakka Curry | Lady Finger Curry

bendakaya curry

Bendakaya curry is a mouth-watering, healthy side dish, particularly for chapati and roti. Dosa too can be made tastier with this curry. It has a good fit with rice too. Some of the other names for bendakaya curry are vendakka curry, lady finger curry and okra curry.

Food Fact
lady finger curry
A research study has found that okra has anti-diabetic potential.1

If you want to make a curry that has a fine match with starter items like chapati or poori and rice, then bendakaya curry is an answer. The vendakka curry usually tastes better, the day after it is prepared. So, you may want to prepare more of this side dish to savor it, of course with a teaspoon of ghee, on the second day also.

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Here is one snap shot of the constituents of an okra2
okra contents

This ladies finger curry recipe is to make this side dish with gravy. Dry-type vendakka curry is another variation of this curry.

Try this side dish for dosa, as a change from its common curries and chutnies like masala dosa curry and coconut chutney.

Food Fact
Polysaccharides, which are carbohydrate molecules, in okra are said to be a remedy for gastritis.3

Buy bendakaya or ladies finger that is fresh, tender and slim, as only such type can make the lady finger curry tastier.

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Servings: 2-3


1. Bendakaya / vendakka / okra / vendakka / bendekaayi / ladies finger 1/4 Kg
2. Oil 3-4 teaspoons
3. Mustard 1/2 teaspoon
4. Curry leaves 1 sprig

Curry leaves have vitamin A, which is necessary for eye health.

Read more about the Benefits of Curry Leaves in the blog.
5. Onion 1
6. Red chili powder 1 teaspoon or to taste
7. Dhania powder 1/2 teaspoon
8. Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

9. Lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon
10. Tamarind paste to taste
11. Salt to taste
12. Fresh coriander leaves, chopped

For Masala:

1. Coconut pieces 2 tablespoons
2. Kasakasa / gasagase / poppy seeds 1 teaspoon
3. Gulla senagapappu / roasted gram dal 2 teaspoons
4. Onion pieces 2 tablespoons
5. Tomatoes 2

How to make Bendakaya Curry?

1. Wash the bendakayas / okras 2-3 times in water.

Drain the water completely.

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2. Spread on a kitchen towel or paper towels.

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Pat the bendakayas dry with another towel.

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To dry these further, and if you have time, set the bendakayas aside for about 10 minutes.

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Drying reduces the stickiness of bendakayas.
3. Remove the top part.

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4. Cut the bendakaya or vendakka into thin slices.

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To reduce the cutting time:

Hold 6-8 bendakayas with your fist of one hand and cut these, with a knife, using the other hand.
5. Heat a thick bottomed kadai or a non-stick pan.

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6. Add bendakayas and 1-2 teaspoon(s) of oil.

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Set the flame to low.

Fry till some brown spots appear.

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Do not mix continuously, because the stickiness will increase.
7. Add lemon juice or a teaspoon of curd, to reduce the stickiness.

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As you fry, the bendakaya pieces will first stick together and then will separate.

Keep aside.
8. Dry grind the coconut, kasakasa and roasted gram dal.

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Add onion, tomato and water.

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Grind to a paste.

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9. Heat oil.

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Add mustard.

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Add onion and curry leaves. Fry till the onion becomes soft.

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Add chili, dhania and turmeric powder. Mix.

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Add the masala paste.

Add chopped coriander leaves.11b

Fry for a minute.

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10. Add bendakaya. Mix.

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Add salt and tamarind paste. Add water, whose quantity depends on the thickness of the gravy you desire.


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Cook till the bendakaya becomes soft.

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11. Add chopped coriander leaves.


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Switch off the stove.
12. Bendakaya curry, vendakka curry or lady finger curry is ready.

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TIPS Bendakaya Curry
1. If you do not want to fry bendakaya, add it directly to onion in Step 9, after onion is half-cooked.

Fry for 2-3 minutes, then continue from Step 10.
2. To reduce the stickiness of the bendakaya further, cook without covering the kadai, in Step 10.