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vendakkai sambar

ladies finger sambar recipe
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala cuisine, Tamilnadu cuisine
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Jinoo Jayakrishnan
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  • 6 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 6-7 dry red chilies
  • 2 spring curry leaves
  • 1 cup coconut - grated
  • 2 cups ladies finger
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 large onion - medium diced
  • 1 large tomato - roughly chopped
  • 1 cup tur dal
  • 2-3 tbsp tamarind water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups water


  • Firstly, heat oil in a pan  and add the asafoetida, fenugreek seeds and heat it up
  • add red chillies, curry leaves and coriander seeds and Fry until coriander seeds lets out strong aroma. and when starts changing colour, add grated coconut
  • Fry in simmer until it is reddish brown. Cool it down and grind it to a fine paste. 
  • Now, in the same pan, heat oil and drop in the ladies finger and fry until it is roasted. 
  • heat oil in a thick bottomed vessel and Crackle mustard seeds
  • Add curry leaves and medium diced onions and fry for a minute until it is pale. add tomatoes roughly chopped and fry for a minute
  • Next, add the fried ladies finger, cooked tur dal,prepared sambar masala paste, tamarind water, salt, water and mix well
  • It has to boil for a minimum of 15 minutes until the raw smell goes off and flavour of sambar arises.
  • switch off and serve hot with steamed rice