Vendakka Mulakittathu – Ladysfinger in Spicy Tangy Sauce

Our kids always tend to show reflections of ourselves, of our habits and behaviors. There are times when I shout at Rasha for doing or not doing something, and then suddenly realize that I used to do the same when I was small!!! Rasha used to keep losing her pencils when she was in her kindergarten, not much but a pencil a week was her norm. I was fine in the beginning but slowly it started grating on my nerves. On a weekend, she demanded for a new pencil and I gave her a shout as to how many pencils she keeps losing. My poor girl went off from the room with a sober expression, which did hit my guilt pangs but I wouldn’t budge. My umma, who was listening to the drama from her room, called out, “You know, she’s much better than you. She loses only one pencil a week, you used to lose them everyday!” Now is that what you call, karma? πŸ™‚ She’s so better now, but over the weekend, I was reminded of this incident, that bought an instant smile on my face and also stopped me from shouting at her for something, which I very well know she takes from me!!! Hehe….


One curry that I absolutely adore of my umma’s for lunch is the one that I am sharing with you today. Soft “vendakka” in a tangy tamarind sauce is all that is, but you could lick off plates and plates of rice without your knowledge!!! When umma was not around, I craved for this and made them without consulting with her and I was so glad that I was able to match her taste. Now you may think why I didn’t call her – somehow when she tells me her recipes (which are always approximates than exacts!), I always forget to note down! Then when I call her, she would ask, “Didn’t I already tell this to you?” Hmm… She feels I am old enough to stop asking her for tips and ideas and do it myself… But the thing is that I still don’t feel old enough to stop depending on her though… Hehe… Off to this recipe then… πŸ™‚

Linking this to Gayathri’s WTML event




Vendakka Mulakittathu - Ladysfinger in Spicy Tangy Sauce

Course Curry
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 400 gms ladysfinger
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 to mato chopped
  • 3 chillies slit
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmir chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 lime-size pc tamarind soaked in 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves


  • Wash the ladysfinger and pat dry. Chop into medium sized pieces.
  • Heat oil in a large fry pan and shallow fry the ladysfinger till the sliminess is gone. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, add ingredients from onion to salt with roughly 1 cup of water and bring to boil. Keep cooking till the whole mixture gets cooked.
  • Peel the tamarind well, discard its waste. Pour in the tamarind water and continue to cook. Add water as required.
  • When cooked, add in the ladysfinger and cook for around 5 minutes for the vegetable to incorporate into the curry.
  • Temper - heat oil, splutter mustard seeds and fry curry leaves for a couple of seconds - and pour into curry.
  • Serve this tangy and spicy curry warm with rice!!!

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  1. Rafee really drooling here. Tangy and also a delicious curry with rice. My favourite curry.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  2. Tangy and delicious….a plate kandittundu vishannittu vayya….

    1. Thank you so much Resna… epozhum vishappanallo? πŸ˜›

  3. Very nice gravy.must try.

    1. Thank you so much Chitra…

  4. Super rafs…Will make a try once.

    1. Thank you so much Shobana…

  5. delicious vendakka curry.. Will try this..

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

    1. Thank you so much Haffa…

  6. i like i like! We dont need anything else to go with it… just the curry and the rice… and like u say we end up eating a lot more rice than we intended to… nice write up πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Shamsheeda… πŸ™‚

  7. Tangy and delicious curry with rice…love it

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

    1. Thank you so much Preeti…

  8. Wow this is my favorite,drool worthy,will be great with rice

    1. Thank you so much Harini…

  9. Okras?? Any time at home; any type of dish with them. Nice and tangy; something I simply adore.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  10. Tasty & tangy vendakka curry …very tempting dear πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Asha… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  11. Would love to have this with some rice..really very yummy

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  12. tangy sauce….yum πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Shweta… πŸ™‚

  13. delicious mulakittathu….

    1. Thank you so much Femi…

  14. This was and has been my favorite vegetable curry..I would always call it okra curry. Yours looks so good, mouthwatering really, and it's a.m. here, Rafee- shame on you!

    1. Thank you so much Tisa… hehe…

  15. My favourite! divinely yummmmmyyyyy! πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much Reva… πŸ™‚

  16. I guess we want our kids to be better than us maybe that y we push them too much :(. curry looks delicious

    1. You may be true Nammi… thanks a lot… πŸ™‚

  17. This is a new curry to me. Its nice to get to know new curries that go well with rice other than our normal sambar n stuff.

    1. Do try it dear, you will definitely like it… thanks a lot…

  18. Isn't that funny how we try to discipline our kids knowing that they have the same traits from us? The curry reminds me of the vendaka curry we used to order from the vegeterian restuarant during my hostel days. They were so yum and your recipe sounds similar to the taste I still have in my memory πŸ™‚

    1. That is exactly what got me writing this post, Shibi… life is funny! Thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  19. lol, next time do check whether ur umma is around before shouting to kids sis..All your secrets are coming out na..Love this curry simply with some rice and papads.

    1. Hehe akka, so true… thanks a lot…

  20. Ahhh…love the curry..its so comforting to have that curry with steaming rice…

    Rasha is so better, I say…my cousin had a pencil sharpening addiction ….he used to get back home everyday with a pencil that would have disappeared and converted into those shaved pieces of pencil that u get when u sharpen it…

    1. I guess all kids have something or other as far as pencils are concerned! My Azza loves to sharpen pencils, I have to see how she behaves once in school! Thanks a lot, Anupa…

  21. We call this Bhindi ka Khatta…simple yet comforting with rice…..anything mom made is always good….

    I was about to write that my lil'M throws a pencil a day….and u r one far good…but reading next line made me smile….

    1. Good to know about the name in your place, Lubna… with kids, we have to go through this, good for remembrance when we get bored of blogging and would sit to read our writings sometime in the future…

  22. Wat u told z exactly right….I used to shout at Rydhi but after a second, I will realize that I have done the same mistake in the worst form when I was a child……Then I feel that she is far far better than me…….This lady's finger curry looks so yummy and I will try this for 2 morrows lunch πŸ™‚

    1. All moms have the same feelings… thanks a lot, Remya… πŸ™‚

  23. looks super tempting n yummy gravy…

    1. Thank you so much Divya…

  24. Delicious looking curry!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  25. The difference in my curry s that i add coriander pwder and pepper instead of red chilli nd yes, coc.milk too…bt the color luks same Rafee..

    1. There are different styles, alle… urs sounds good too… πŸ™‚

  26. bhindi is one of my all time favorite..

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

    1. Thank you so much Ruxana… πŸ™‚

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