Okra, also known as vendakkai, ladies finger or bhindi is widely used in Indian curries, poriyal (side dishes) and stir-fries.
The easiest way to make ladies finger fry without stickiness is to cook it in the microwave. This vendakkai poriyal is a low-carb, low-calorie side dish you may not want to miss!
Ladies finger olive oil onion curry leaves
chilli powder Ground coriander ground cumin salt
Rinse and wipe the ladies fingers with a kitchen towel. They should be completely dry before cooking.
Trim the bhindi at both ends and chop into 1/2 cm thin pieces. Place in a wide microwave-safe bowl.
Sprinkle coriander powder, cumin powder, chilli powder and salt on the chopped ladies finger. Mix well. Add oil and toss again.
Place in the microwave (leave the bowl open) and cook on high power for 10 minutes. (no sauteing or frying on hot stove!)
The ladies finger fry will look like this after the first 10 minutes of cooking. The stickiness is still there...
Take out the bowl from the microwave. Add chopped onions and curry leaves. Mix well and cook for another 10 minutes.
However, if you like your vendakkai poriyal a little more browned, stir and cook for 5 more minutes. Can you see the difference?
If you’ve ever thought that you hate ladies finger, now is the time to change your mind! Imagine being able to cook a healthy side dish without literally sweating out!
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