Vendaikai Puzhi Kuzhambu

This gravy (kuzhambu) made with okra (vendaikai) and tamarind (puzhi) has a tangy flavor and is served with steamed rice.

Vendaikai Puzhi Kuzhambu

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Recipe by S Kamala Course: KuzhambuCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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This gravy (kuzhambu) made with okra (vendaikai) and tamarind (puzhi) has a tangy flavor and is served with steamed rice.


  • Okra (Vendaikai) – 8 to 10 Nos

  • Onion (medium size) – 1

  • Tomato fully riped (Slightly bigger size) – 1

  • Green Chillies – 2

  • Garlic flakes – 5 to 6

  • Tamarind – a big gooseberry size

  • Red Chili Powder – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Sambar Powder – 2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 teaspoon

  • “To grind:
  • Coconut gratings – 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin (Jeeragam) – 1 teaspoon

  • For seasoning:
  • Oil -3 to 4 teaspoons

  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Bengal gram dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Urad dhal – 1 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves – few

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Wash, wipe and cut okra into small rounds. Chop onion and tomato finely. Slit green chillies into two.
  • Soak tamarind in a cup of water and extract the juice.
  • Grind coconut and cumin to a fine paste.
  • In a thick bottomed vessel put the oil. When it is hot add mustard.
  • When it pops up add bengal gram dhal, urad dhal and fry till it become light brown.
  • Then add chopped onion, slit green chillies and curry leaves and fry till onion become transparent.
  • Add garlic and okra pieces and fry till the stickiness of okra disappears.
  • Add tomato pieces along with turmeric and salt and fry for few more seconds.
  • Then add red chilli powder along with coconut paste. Mix well.
  • Add tamarind water and stir well. Add little more water and make it to a kuzhambu consistency.
  • Finally add sambar powder and stir once again.
  • Allow to boil for few minutes.


  1. This kulambu is ‘THE’ exact method,my greetings to you.

  2. very nice dish. tasty to eat.

  3. I tried this dish out today and it came out really well. I dislike vendakkai, but it actually tasted good in this dish 😀

    I’ve been following your site for quite some time and I find it very helpful…browsing here is like asking my mother for cooking tips 🙂 Thank you for all these wonderful recipes and keep posting.

  4. Hi aunty,

    Tomorrow i am going to try ur Ladies Finger Puzhi Kuzhambu aunty.

  5. Hi aunty,

    I prepared and taste is Superb aunty…….

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