Lady's Fingers, a vegetable commonly available in India, is known as Bendekayi in Kannada. Those of you from North America would know this as Okra. It is called "Bhindi" in Hindi and "Bhend" in my mother tongue, Konkani. Both my husband and I like this vegetable and I make this in one form or the other quite often.
It is well-established that lady's finger has many health benefits.
Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for different dishes using this vegetable, such as:-
Today's recipe is for a side dish made with lady's fingers from my Home State of Karnataka. This is popular in the Udupi- Mangaluru area. Make sure you do the seasoning with coconut oil to get the authentic taste of this dish. I have adapted this from the YouTube video in the popular cookery site, Veg Recipes of Karnataka.
We had this with hot steamed rice and it tasted great! Please do try it out for yourselves.
- Bendekayi (Lady's Fingers/Okra), 250 gms
- Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
- Tamarind, size of a gooseberry
- Jaggery, grated, 2 tsp
- Salt, as per taste
- Byadgi Red Chillies, 5
- Urad Dal, 1 tsp
- Fenugreek Seeds, 1/4 tsp
- Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/2 cup
- Coconut Oil, 1 tsp- for roasting these ingredients
- Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
- Red Chilli, broken into halves, 1
- Asafoetida,(Hing), 1/4 tsp
- Curry Leaves, a sprig
- Coconut Oil, 1 tbsp