vendakkai sambar

Vendakai sambar, Okra sambar recipe

I usually don’t make sambar with vendakai / okra as i like it best in poriyal/ vepudu. I am compelled to prepare sambar with it because this vendakai /okra was harvested at my home. Since i had only handful of them i chose to make sambar out of it and trust me produce from your own garden tastes 100 times delicious than store brought. So let get started!


  • Toor dal – 1/2 cup
  • Small onion – 1
  • Tomato – 1
  • Okra/ ladies finger – 10 nos
  • Garlic – 2 pearls
  • Chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Sambar powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 th tsp
  • Tamarind gooseberry size
  • Salt
  • Water

How to make Vendakai sambar with step by step images

vendakkai sambar

  1. Pressure cook dal ,tomato, cumin seeds and a pinch of turmeric powder for 3 whistles. Mash well and set aside.
  2. Soak  tamarind in 1 cup warm water and extract the tamarind juice.
  3. Heat a pan with oil and add chopped onions and okra fry them in medium-high flame until brown spots appear. Set aside.vendakkai sambar
  4. Add the fried onion, ladies finger, tamarind extract, turmeric powder, sambar powder, red chili powder, salt, and add the mashed dal mixture . Add water if required and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  5. In a small pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add dry chilies, hing and curry leaves. Pour it over the sambar.
  6. Serve it hot with rice!


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