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Vendakkai Poriyal – Okra Fry (Version 2)

Okra also known as lady’s finger is popular in Indian cuisine. It is chopped and stir fried along with spices and used in gravy based dishes, in morkuzhambu or khadi and in sambar, etc. Today I have made a stir fry along with peanuts and spices. I tasted this in one of our friend’s party and I loved it. I tried it recently and it came out really good. Those who don’t like okra will definitely fall in love with this. Try this and let me know. Here you go…

Preparation time: 30 minutes

No. of servings: 3

Spice level: 3.5 out of 5


  • Okra – 300 grams
  • Peanuts – 1/4 cup
  • Curry powder or sambar powder – 1 tbsp
  • Chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 3/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal or split white lentils – 1 tsp
  • Channa dal or split bengal gram – 1 tbsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Wash and cut okra into 3/4 th inch pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a wide pan and add mustard seeds.
  3. Once they splutter, add peanuts and let it fry for a minute and then add urad dal followed by channa dal.
  4. When the lentils become golden brown, add okra and salt.
  5. Mix well, cover and cook for 6 minutes at medium heat or less than that.
  6. Open the lid, give it a stir and add curry powder or sambar powder, chili powder and cumin powder.
  7. Mix well, sprinkle some water, cover and cook for 6 minutes.
  8. Remove the lid, give it a stir. Repeat the same process till okra is completely cooked and crisp.
  9. Don’t let it over cook and get mashed.
  10. Remove from heat and serve hot.

🙂 Serve along with white rice and rasam/sambar/yougurt.


  1. omg tht looks awesome..adding peanuts is a good idea

  2. Perfect side dish with dal chawal or curd rice.

  3. Okra/bhindi is one of my favorite veggie..infact I just had this for my dinner tonight..your recipe sounds different to those peanuts in it..looks tasty!

  4. Okra with peanuts….sounds and looks so good

  5. the okra fry looks awesome… very nice presentation..

  6. Adding of peanuts must have given lots of flavour to the dish..loved it.

  7. Adding peanuts looks this combo..

  8. Okra is very well roasted and looks great. The peanuts will give an add on taste to this dish.

  9. okra with peanuts an awesome combo.looks yummy

  10. That looks yummy… Adding peanuts is new to me… But will definitely try…

  11. The okra stir-fry looks fabulous! Peanut is a nice touch.

  12. Liked ur version..okra is my variations are welcome 🙂

  13. Wow loved the very look of it.. lovely recipe as well, I just adore peanuts..YUM!

  14. Your okra looks wonderful! I like the peanuts in it too!

  15. Yummy yumm..perfect with rice..

  16. It looks very delicious! Best with rice and chapathi! Yummy!

  17. That looks so good! I loove the fact that this dish contains peanuts.



  18. You have managed to make okra looks tasty!

  19. Thats a wonderful dish…I love okra very much..This is so inviting..

  20. aweesomeee!!!!