One of hubby's friend left this place for good and when he home came to say 'good bye' he brought with him a bag of goodies.Not the 'chocolate-biscuits-cake' kinda goody bag but a bag of Indian spices,dhals and spice mixes!
In that bag was a pack of dried ladies finger[vendakkai vatral] that caught our immediate attention and hubby gave a wicked smile!He loves pulikuzhambu[sour stew] and I was sure he was thinking about it then and there!
This recipe is what I learnt from MIL and mom's version is a lot different[and tastier ;)].We usually use fresh vegetables but this time wanted to prepare it with this with the vatral.
We don't get ladies finger[not to mention loads of other 'Indian' vegetables like small onions,drumstick,mint, beetroot,ridgegourd,baby potatoes etc],hence everyone at home were eager to sample this dish!
That's the final dish posing with the vatral by its side
Now to the recipe
Vendakkai vatral-2 fistful
Chilli powder- 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder- 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Tamarind extract-1/2 a cup,thick
Tomato -1 chopped
Curry leaves a few
Sesame seed oil-3 tablespoons[It's a lot I know,but its tasty and we gona prepare this once in a while and not so often!]
Serve hot with warm steamed rice.
- Make a thick paste of coconut,coriander powder,chilli powder and turmeric.Keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and put in the vatral and fry till they crisp.Keep sauteing it and take care not to char them.Remove them from the oil and keep aside.
- In the same oil,put in mustard and curry leaves.
- When it splutters add the onion and garlic and fry till the onion is soft.
- Put in tomato and cook till mushy.
- Put in the tamarind extract,coconut paste,salt and enough water.Check taste and adjust.You may need to add more water it its too tangy.
- Let it come to a roaring boil ,simmer and cook till oil separates.
- Put in the vartal and cook till it is soft.
- Sesame oil brings out the flavor of this dish but you can also use any other other cooking oil
- Similarly you can reduce the quantity of oil used.
- Can use fresh vegetables too.In that case skip step 2 and saute vegetables in step 6 before adding the tamarind extract.
- It tastes all the more delicious when savored the next day!
Labels: Better Half, Herbs, Kuzhambu Varieties, Sides for Rice