Bendakaya Vepudu (Bendi Fry)

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.

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In a pan, once oil is heated add seasoning items.

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Once seasoning starts to splatter, add the cut okra.

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Add salt and turmeric and let it fry, just stirring once in a while so that it is not getting burned.

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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.

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Meanwhile in a small jar of the blender add coriander seeds, red chillies, jeera and grind.

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Once it is well grounded add roasted chana dal and grind together with little a bit of salt for taste.

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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.

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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.

Ingredients: 

Okra/Bendakaya/Bendi                               – approximately ½ kg

Seasoning :

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

Method:

  • 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.
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