Vendaikai thalir kootu- the literal translation is vendaikai-okra, thalir-loose in consistency,kootu-stew. As the name goes this stew is quite watery and perfect when eaten mixed with rice.There are of course variations with this recipe also from home to home.Here is the simple recipe I follow.
How to make vendakai thalir kootu-Recipe
1 1/5 cups cut okra
3 dried rec chillies
4 teaspoons thick tamrind extract
1 small piece of jaggery
1/2 teaspoon urad dal,channa dal,mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon asafoetida
10-12 curry leaves
1.Heat little oil in a kadai,temper with mustard,urad and channa dal.Add curry leaves,asafoetida and dried chilles.Saute well for 2 minutes.
2.Add the washed and cut okra and saute thoroughly till okra is well cooked.Add the tamrind juice and about 2 cups of water.Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
3.Add jaggery and salt and let it boil for 10 minutes.Remove from heat,serve hot with rice,ghee and stir fry/papad.
1.The preparation may sound very simple but this gives an entierly new sweet and sour taste
2.In some places this is called vendaika vella pachadi,where in the amount of jaggery is increased.
This is off to meal in 30 minutes event at Priys’s