Bendakaya Vepudu/Bendi Fry/Okra Fry
Hello folks! Here is a simple recipe for bendakaya vepudu (bendakaya fry, bendi fry), without using much oil. As onions are not used, this can also be a good dish for pooja,vrat and festivals. Flavour of this dish is from the podi (powder), which is very easy to prepare. Give it a try, and share your thoughts.
Wash bendi and dry them with a clean kitchen towel. Cut them into small pieces.
In a pan, once oil is heated add seasoning items.
Once seasoning starts to splatter, add the cut okra.
Add salt and turmeric and let it fry, just stirring once in a while so that it is not getting burned.
Too much stirring causes the pieces to get too soft and also it will prevent the okra pieces from getting fried. This takes about 20 minutes on medium.
Meanwhile in a small jar of the blender add coriander seeds, red chillies, jeera and grind.
Once it is well grounded add roasted chana dal and grind together with little a bit of salt for taste.
Once you can see that bendi is fried, add this powder and fry for a minute. Depending on your spice level, add chilli powder here if necessary.
Serving Suggestion: Enjoy with hot rice.
Note: This spice mix is good enough for 1-2 kg of bendi, but only half can be used if you prefer that way, and remaining powder can be stored in an air-tight container for next time.
Okra/Bendakaya/Bendi – approximately ½ kg
Urad dal, Chana dal,
Mustard seeds, Jeera, curry leaves
Items to be powdered:
Coriander seeds – 2 tsp
Jeera – 1 tsp
Red chillies – 3-5
Roasted chana dal (putnalu) – ¼ cup
- Wash bendi, dry and cut them into pieces.
- Add 2 tbsp of oil in a pan, once heated add seasoning with urad dal, chana dal, mustard seeds, jeera and curry leaves.
- Add bendi, stir. Add salt, turmeric and cook/fry for another 20 minutes on medium heat. Avoid stirring too much as this causes bendi pieces to go too soft.
- In a small jar of a blender add coriander seeds, jeera, red chillies and grind. Add roasted chana dal (putnalu) and grind into a powder. Add little bit of a salt while grinding.
- Once bendi looks fried, add the powder. Add chilli powder if more spice is required. Stir and fry for a minute before switching off the stove.