Oct 19, 2011

Vendaikai Morkulambu - Iyengar style / Okra cooked in a Coconut & Yogurt Sauce

I have a friend who is a iyengar..She used to bring this curry with a lovely potato roast and do I need to give any explanations for this combo..It tasted awesome..

I think everyone is aware of iyengar recipes..They make each of their foods different from us.It always taste unique.

I definitely want to post this recipe in my blog.. Her mum was so kind enough to give me her recipe..

As soon as I got the recipe in hand I made it..Actually I made a huge batch which was enough for my perimma’s family as well as ours...We also gave some to my neighbours house..

I want you all to give this a try...I want give a tiny tip which she gave me,This morkulambu taste way better the next day..So hope you will try this and tell me how it came..

Straightaway you go to the step by step recipe with pictures..


Vendaikai / Ladysfinger / Okra-15 cut into pieces
Turmeric powder / Mangal podi-1 tsp
Coconut oil-2 tblspn
Thayir / Thick Unsour Curd / Yogurt -1 cup
Salt to taste

For Grinding:
Toor Dal / Tuvaram paruppu-2 tsp
Urad Dal / Ulundam Paruppu-1 tsp
Channa Dal / Kadala Paruppu-1 tsp
Coconut-1 cup
Green chillies-3

For Seasoning:
Coconut oil-1 tblspn
Mustard seeds / Kaduku-1 tsp
Cumin seeds / Jeerakam-1 tsp
Curry leaves -1 spring


Soak all three dals for atleast 15 mins...Now take the dals in the blender and add in coconut and green chillies and make into a fine paste.Set this aside for a moment.

Now heat 2 tblspn of oil in a pan..Add in ladys finger in it..Fry this for 5 mins..

Add in turmeric powder and mix well..Pour in water and let it come to a boil..

Add in the ground masala and mix well..Simmer this for 10 mins..

Season with salt and mix well..Switch off the flame and let it cool a bit..

Now pour in curd and mix well..

Make seasoning by heating oil and crackling mustard,cumin and curry leaves..

Pour this over the gravy and mix well..

Serve hot with rice..


Take all your ingrediants(I forgot to add turmeric powder in this list)

soak all your dals

take it in a blender

add in coconut

and green chillies

make into a fine paste

take okra in a colander and wash well

cut off the top heads

cut it into pieces

heat oil

add in okra and fry

fry for few minutes

add in turmeric powder

and some water

cover and cook

untill the okra is cooked

add in the ground masala

mix well

season with salt

simmer it for a while

all done..switch off the flame

let it cool a bit before adding curd

mix well

make seasoning

Pour it over the curry

does that look beautiful

mix well


  1. Wowwwwwwwwww... Such a delicious and traditional recipe.. looks absolutely perfect dear.. thanks for sharing.. gr8 job :)
    Indian Cuisine

  2. Vendaikai Yoghurt Curry luks Yumm and delicious.Impressive recipe too.Luv it.

  3. the more kuzhambhu looks very yummy

  4. Looks lovely! Thank your friend's mom for sharing a lovely recipe!

  5. Looks delicious! Chk out my version - http://hariniscorner.blogspot.com/2011/02/more-kuzhambu.html

  6. a typical traditional recipe...loved the color of it...
    do send it to the event
    kerala kitchen

  7. Am going to try this out today...I hope it turns out tasty... Must say that it has been presented truly beautifully! Keep up the good work...

  8. Geetha Sathish KumarMarch 7, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Hi arthi, I am a die hard fan of yours. This receipt I tried out and it really turned out very well.. Continue your fantabulous work!!!

  9. How lovely to see your wholesome South Indian dishes ;these days all the attention's hogged by unhealthy Western junk food! Just a suggestion here- if convenient,please do put in a snap of the dals separated (rather than mixed together) so that it's easier to identify. The fault is mine as some of the supermarkets where I live simply label it as 'Lentils' & I haven't a clue about what to buy. Thanks & keep cooking!


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