Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Vendakka Thoran | Okra stir fired with coconut

The usual side dish prepared with okra is just a fry with lots of spices and chilly powder. But H doesn't like it that way. Recently he told me that his favourite recipe in okra is with lots of coconuts and onions. I am just waiting for people around me to say - please cook me this.... I  immediately donned my cooking hat and came out with a recipe which H relished to the fullest.


Okra/Vendakka - 350 grams
Coconut (grated) - 75 grams
Onions - 100 grams
Garlic pod - 2
Green chillies - 2
Salt - to taste
turmeric powder - 1 spoon

To Temper:

Oil - 5 grams
Mustard - 5 grams
Jeera - 2 grams
Curry leaves - few

Wash and pat dry the okra. Finely chop the onions.
Cut into small pieces. Microwave with little salt for 6-7 minutes so that the okra is half cooked.
Meanwhile grind/crush the coconut, garlic, green chillies and turmeric powder without adding water.
In a kadai - add oil and mustard seeds. Once mustard splutters add the jeera and curry leaves and saute for 10 seconds.
Add the chopped onions and fry until onions turn translucent.
Add the crushed coconut paste and fry for about 2 minutes until the raw smell goes off.
Add the cooked okra and fry for about 5 minutes until the stickiness vanishes.

Vendakka Thoran is ready!!! Serve with rice or chapathis!!!!

Linking this to "Walk through Memory Lane" event happening at Motions and Emotions conducted by Gayathriscookspot

Linking this recipe to the event South-Indian Cooking conducted by anuzhealthykitchen and hosted by nandooskitchen.


  1. Simple delicious Vendakka thoran . Tempting clicks

  2. wow delicious thoran with okra :) looks very inviting dear !! First time here and happy to follow you !! do visit my blog too :) Would be glad if you follow me back :)

    Desi Fiesta

    1. Thanks Manjula.... Will sure visit your blog