Vendaikkai Pachadi is a traditional Chettinad Recipe often prepared only in Chettinad Homes. Now a days some restaurants are also trying to imitate this dish. Some big restaurants in Cities like Chennai are trying to include these also in their regular menus.
Vendaikkai Pachadi is a Vegetable Mandi like dish which is often made only with Vendaikkai ie,. Ladys Finger or Okra. If the cutting is small then it is Vendaikkai Pachadi. If the size of cutting is large then it is Vendaikkai Mandi.
Vendaikkai Pachadi is a very good side dish for meals in the afternoons. It tastes sour and nice. Vendaikkai Pachadi has a unique taste slightly similar to Mandi.
Now let us how to make Vendaikkai Pachadi
- Vendaikkai – 150 gms
- Tuvar dal – ¼ cup
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
- Green chilli – 6
- Small onion – 6
- Tamarind – small lime size
- Salt – to taste
- To Temper:
- Oil – 2 tsp
- Mustard – ¼ tsp
- Urad dal – ¼ tsp
- Curry leaves – few
Half cook tuvar dal with turmeric powder. Chop vendaikkai into thin rounds. Slit green chillies. Peel small onion and cut. Soak tamarind in 1 cup water.
Heat oil in a frying pan and add tempering items one by one. Then add onion and green chillies and sauté for a few minutes.
Add chopped vendaikkai and sauté till its stickiness goes. Add sauted vendaikkai to the cooked dal. Add tamarind water and salt and cook till done.