Okra (Vendaikai) Kootu


  • Okra (Vendaikai) – 15 to 20 Nos
  • Tomato – 1
  • Green Gram Dhal – 1/4 cup
  • Sambar powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Salt – ½ teaspoon or as per taste
  • For seasoning:
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon
  • Urad dal – 1 teaspoon
  • Red Chillies – 2
  • Asafoetida Powder – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Sambar Onion – 2 Nos


  1. Wash, wipe and cut okra into small rounds. Chop onion and tomato finely.
  2. Add enough water to the green gram dal (moong dal). Add turmeric powder and cook till it is soft.
  3. In a non stick pan put one or two teaspoons of oil. Add okra pieces and stir fry till the stickiness of okra disappears. Then add tomato pieces and stir well and fry for few more seconds. Add sambar powder and salt. Mix well. Add a cup of water. Close with a lid and cook till the okra is soft. Add the cooked dal and mix it well. Allow to boil for few seconds.
  4. In a small kadai put a teaspoon of oil. When it is hot add mustard. When it starts crackling add urad dal, asafoetida powder, red chillies, curry leaves and chopped onion. Fry for few seconds and add this seasoning over the kootu. Mix well and remove.
  5. Can be served with rice and also it goes well with Chapatis too.


  1. vallimahesh

    I tried this yesterday.It came out very well.Thanks

  2. I prepared yesterday .it was nice, pls mam post the recipe for narthangai (citran)kuzhambu?

  3. This curry came out very well for me.Yummy.Thanks kamala.

  4. Sherita Treitinger

    I keep getting confused with the Dal varities. should i use whole green gram Dal here? Moong Dal is actually the broken Dal?

    • Dal is always referred to broken grain/whole gram. Moong dal is broken dal. You can use whole green gram also. But cooking time and taste will vary.

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