Okra Fry

okra fry

In Tamil this dish is called “Vendikkai varai”  “Vendikkai” is the Tamil name for Okra.


  • 2 cups finely chopped okra
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¾ cup red onion finely chopped
  • 2 – 3 dried chilies each broken into 2 – 3 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
  • salt to taste


chopped okra

  • chop okra into very fine pieces (slit each okra length wise into 4 quarters and chop them very finely)
  • add 2 tablespoon sesame oil to a skillet and add the okra and fry on low flame for about 15 minutes
  • add shredded coconut, chili powder and salt and fry for another 3 – 4 minutes
  • set aside
  • in another skillet add one tablespoon sesame oil and fry onion for about 7 – 8 minutes or until golden brown
  • add broken red chilies and fry for another 2 – 3 minutes
  • mix this fried onion with fried okra
  • serve warm with rice.  This goes well with pittu also

Yields about 2 – 3 side dishes

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