South Indian Vendakkai Sambar Recipe | Bhindi Sambar

Vendakkai sambar is a delicious, popular and easy to make South Indian sambar. Vendakkai Sambar is a lentil based stew. A simple and healthy sambar recipe made with okra(bhindi) and mashed lentil. This recipe is an ideal curry for south Indian lunch and is mainly served as a main dish with hot steamed rice.

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The vendakkai sambar is so flavourful and a delicious recipe made with fresh okra, onion, tomato, toor dal and sambar powder.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Papitha Ranganathan


Ingredients for Vendakkai sambar

  • 1/2 cup Ladies Finger
  • 1/2 cup Toor dhal
  • 1 tsp Tamarind pulp
  • 2 tsp Sambar podi
  • 7 Small Onions
  • 1 Tomato
  • A pinch of hing
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

To Temper

  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • few curry leaves
  • 1 Red chilli


How to cook the recipe

  • Soak toor dal for half an hr. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles along with turmeric powder and mash.keep it aside.
  • Wash and wipe Ladies Finger before cutting.
  • Heat 3 tsp oil in a pan add ladies finger fry for 5-10 minutes in low flame. Now it is 80% cooked and no sticky ness. keep it aside.
  • Now add 2 tsp oil in a pressure cooker add mustard seeds Once it starts to splutter, add curry leaves, red chilli, small onion, tomatoes and saute for 5 minutes
  • add ladies finger, mix well, add sambar powder, hing, tamarind pulp, cooked dal along with water, add 1 cup water, salt and allow it to boil and switch off the flame.
  • Vendakkai sambar is ready to serve.

Papitha Ranganathan

I'm Papitha Ranganathan house wife and food blogger. I love to cook various cuisines in my kitchen which comes out so delicious. I would like to share my recipes here.

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