Thursday, February 02, 2006

Vendekkai Pachadi

Last post got a really good response and so I am really excited about posting my newest recipe. Only one person could guess the recipe just right and that was none other than Mr. Chandu. See it was easy, South Indian lady meant that it will be a southie dish, Yogurt gave hint towards curd and she eating by fingres meant that I was talking about ladies finger/bhindi/okra.

When I first came to Canada, I would really miss bhindi, as it was my fav. sabzi. Now, bhindi is almost a delicacy here because it is not found very easily, only in select stores and that too very expensive. Somehow, I found the store but when I made bhindi by my Mom's recipe, it didn't turned out great. It was very sticky. So, I searched online and came along this South Indian recipe where they add curd to remove the stickiness. I tried it and hola, it turned out just like home. Ok now, let's go right into the recipe...

Vendekkai Pachadi

Dedication: This recipe is dedicated to all my South Indian friends, Chandu, Preeti, Prasad, Divya and Saba.

Serving: 2


200 gms Okra/Bhindi/Ladies finger
2 tsb vegetable/any-kinda oil
1/4 tsb mustard seeds
1/4 tsb fenugreek seeds (optional)
8-10 curry leaves {for the spl. south indian flavour}
2 med. size red chillies
1 med. spanish onion/green onion/onion
1/4 tsb turmeric
1/4 tsb salt
2 tsb plain yogurt/curd/dahi


1. Wash the okra and dry thoroughly. Cut off the stalks
2. Slice okra into round pods.
3. Heat the oil and sprinkle in mustard seeds, fenugreek, curry leaves and chillis.
4. When the seeds start to crackle, add the onion and fry for 1 minute.
5. Stir in the turmeric and salt.
6. Add the okra and fry well, stirring occasionally, over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes.
7. Stir in the yogurt and simmer for 2 minutes. {actually simmer till the okra is ready}
8. Enjoy with parantha or sambhar.

Try it and your comments/suggestions are always welcome.

Hint for next recipe (another tough one for you guys): When east meets south-east, broccoli happens.


At 6:40 PM, Anonymous mehak said...


At 6:45 PM, Anonymous mehak said...

Bhindi used to be moi fav sabzi...before i came to b'lore...will try it with curd....ohh next recipe ka toh kuch easy hint de na...cant guess at all

At 7:38 PM, Anonymous chandu 2 ricky, & d/o ricky said...

ho am delighted & was drooling. Thaks 4 dedicating ricky bhai & rem u need to cook the same & send it thru FED-ex. :P i will b fasting w8ng for ur parcel.
actually in AP we call it "Bendakkai". You can actually do reverse- add some water to yogurt & make it syrupy seperately & add deep fried bendi to that, that wud bring a diff taste.

At 7:43 PM, Anonymous chandu said...

oops i think the Cookies r playing crooked role by changing my NAME field to some previously entered name on a comment on kaush's post..

At 8:25 PM, Blogger The Bhandari's said...

okie thats gr8....umm bhindi with curd is new too me... for removing stickyness I always add amchoor (dry mango powder) too it. will definitly try this and tell u how it was. My fav is lahsooni bhindi which I'll post soon.. Regarding ur hints...too tough man.. will guess and then try :)

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Seetha said...

Vendekkai is which language? In telugu it is bendakai.

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Fursat said...

jitna mushkil naam hai receipe utni easy hai :)

i guess it it wont take much effort to cook it.

i just asked if mom bought bhindi but mom said..iss season mein nahi aati..

chal definately i ll try :)

and i wish i get partner who can cook well :P

At 2:20 AM, Anonymous priyangini said...

hi ricky, I know I am going to make that coz i like bhindi too. the blog is really cool. and I like your idea of keeping that riddle in the end.

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Divya said...

this sounds nice...tho we dont add onion to it!
thanks for the dedication n me thinking very hard about the next one!!

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous saba said...

bhindi is my fav vegetable . Will try this asap. next recipie eat and south east means it has to be oriental plus desi mixture which has brocolli . brocolli manchurian ??

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Colors said...

Just to mark that I was here :)
Great notion to start a food blog. Will definitely try out ur recipes...skimmed thru them and they look yummy!
Keep it UP!

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Kaps said...

kya mast mast dishes bana rahe ho ricky!..tumhari wife khush rahegi :)..keep cooking!

At 11:45 PM, Blogger Prasad said...

wowww.. thanks for the dedications Ricky :)
and yeah.. even i like vendekkai very much.. :)

Seetha, answer to ur qn.. Vendakkai is Tamil and even in Malayalam, u say it similar without the "i" atlast..

And Chandu, be ready with the preparations.. I'll try out this recipe at ur home.. heheee...
ofcourse, you should help me and u know very well what i do the best.. ;)

At 3:02 AM, Blogger Seetha said...


Thanks for the info, is pachadi tamil too? Coz I thought it was telugu.

At 10:36 PM, Blogger sebia said...

I lost my favourites as ur other blog ws digging past posts 2 reach here:)
nice recipe..
i love cooking..find it so therapeutic.
if u fry ,bhindi,with lil salt,bfre putting the onions..its lil bit more crisp and tastes more good:)

At 6:04 AM, Blogger Invincible said...

is next one gobhi manchurian ?

i loooooooove bhindi :)
The best trick to avoid the pods from sticking together like close family members is

1. Always cook this subji in a shallow n broad vessel like frying pan (& not in kadhai)
2. Keep the stirring at mininum, do it only when absolutely necessary.
3. dont slice it too thin pods.

At 12:56 AM, Anonymous vanilla said...

i love food.. and thats all you talk abt here.. yoohooo i love this place.. :)

At 12:34 AM, Blogger Prasad said...

seetha, yes.. even pachadi is Tamil.. and in Malayalam too we say it as pachadi only.. :)
Ricky, the next one has to do something with cauliflower.. tht much i can make out.

At 3:56 AM, Anonymous mehak said...

hey Dhaba recipe pliss

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Kk said...

Wow ! I always love indian food blogs. Good recipes yaar. Keep it up.

By the way ., i got wat pacchadi is, but wat does vendekkai mean? If its telugu., i think its 'bendakai'.

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Moonstruck said...

Nice!! I shall try making it some day.

At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your recipe quiz is more interesting than the recipe itself :) :D


At 12:51 AM, Anonymous red said...

i'm hungry:(

At 5:15 AM, Blogger anks said...

I hate bhindi..... :(

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous nidhi2ricky said...

What can I say except I Love bhindi and to my surprise as well i remember cokking this recipe and it would always turn out good !!

Yum yum :) I wanna cook again .. hmm.....:P

At 8:08 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

Mehak - You get bhindi!! What do you mean "used" to? An kya hain fav. sabzi? Try kareyo. He he, I think you know the next recipe.

Chandu - You are welcome. I hope you are still alive and not fasting Gandhi jee.

Nice to know new information though. Deep fried

I thought you guessed cookies..ha ha...just kidding.

At 8:12 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

Bhandari's - It was new to me too before I tried. I have heard about amchur too. Yea, do try this one too. Wow!! I will wait for you recipe. Keep

Seetha - I have no idea, Seetha. I just know that it tastes great.

Neetie - Yea, the recipe is really easy. I don't know about seasons but I thought ke Delhi main har season main sabzian aati hain. Do try aur agar if you don't get a partner who can cook then teach him...he he.

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

Priyangini - Yea, I love bhindi too. Welcome to the dhaba and Thanx for liking it.

Divya - Yea, very cool. I can't imagine a sabzi without onions being a Northie. You are welcome and think more hard.

Saba - Bhindi is everyone's fav. Do try and comment. Good try, watch out for answer.

Colors - Welcome Madam jee. Thank You!! Do try some of it.

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

Kaps - Ha ha, Thank You Sir jee!! Aree wife kee aane kee baad bhi main hee cooking karunga kya?

Prasad - You are welcome. Me too. Thanks for the info.

Sebia - Thank You for visiting me. Yea, cooking can be fun esp. if its a new dish and turns out good. Thank You for the nice tip.

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

InVincible - Keep checking this Nice tips and lol @ like close family comment.

Vanilla - Thanks Vanilla and Welcome to my blog. Do keep coming.

Prasad - Watch out for this space.

Mehak - Coming, Dhaba owner ke

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

KK - Thanks Man!! Welcome to my blog. Your answer should be in one of the above comments...he he.

Moonstruck - Do try!!

Moonie - Thank You jee

Red jee - Bas hunee laya nayee dish jee. Tusi order tee karo.

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

Anks - You are the first person to say that.

Nidhi - Good for you. Yea, start cooking.

At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Moonstruck said...

Dhaba kaise chal raha hai? Maybe you can call it 'Ricky ka Mohan dhaba' or 'Mohan ka Ricky dhaba' :p

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

Moonstruck - Super Hit!! That was funny. I will prefer, "Ricky da Mohan dhaba" but who is Mohan?

At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Moonstruck said...

Mohan...aray yaar you dont remember Mohan? How sad!! He must be heart-broken. Poor guy. I know you're shifting to someone else on V-day but atleast you shouldn't have broken his heart now.


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