Vendaikai Mangai Pachadi (Lady’s Finger and Unripe Mango Salad)

I was very fond of vendaikai/lady’s finger because I was told that I would excel in mathematics if I ate it. Liars! I used to ask my mother to prepare vendaikai pachadi because I liked the taste of it. My mother used to make vendaikai pachadi with tamarind and coconut. I discovered that if I cooked it with unripe mango instead of tamarind for the sour taste and left out the coconut from the recipe, I arrived at the most delicious salad (fried) of lady’s finger and mango.

Vendaikai Mangai Pachadi - Kalas Kalai

Vendaikai Mangai Pachadi (Lady’s Finger and Unripe Mango Salad)

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Vendaikai Poriyal (Fried Ladies Finger/Okra)

When I started school I was told that eating ladies fingers would improve my mathematical skills, and because I disliked mathematics I made it a point to eat as much of ladies fingers as possible. Though it did not make me any better with numbers I love this vegetable and have tried to create different recipes with it. This particular poriyal/fry uses only 4 ingredients apart from the ladies fingers. It is very easy to make and can be dished up very quickly. One can use different curry powders to give variety in flavour.

Vendaikai Poriyal

Vendaikai Poriyal

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