Saturday, May 31, 2008

Vendakka khichdi (Okra in curd)

This is an absolute favourite of my husband. I can serve just this one dish and rice and still ensure that he is happy..

For myself, I prefer bitter gourd / pavakka made similarly.

Lady's finger/okra - 1/2 kg (washed, cut round into 1/2 inch-long pieces)

chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

Mix these together and coat the okra well. Leave for 5 minutes so that the okra absorbs the flavours.

Shallow fry in about 1 tbsp oil till slightly brown and keep aside. There will still be oil left over for tempering.Beat a cup of curd and add the fried okra to it.
Temper with mustard seeds, curry leaves and chopped green chillies .

Great with rice and pickles.

If okra is substituted with bitter gourd or paavakka, this dish becomes Paavakka khichdi, which is an item we often make for Vishu or Onam.

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