Ladies finger is one of my most favourite vegetables. I like all recipes that have Ladies finger in them and this Ladies finger stir fry (Vendakkai/Bhendi poriyal) is a quick, delicious and nutritious stir fry that goes well with both chapathi and rice. Ideally served with sambar and white rice along with papad/appalams at home, this stir fry is a family favourite.


300 gms Ladies finger (washed, pat dried with cloth and cut into very thin slices)
4 tbsp oil
1 onion finely chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
A handful of curry leaves
2 dry red chillies, deseeded
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tomato finely chopped
¼ tsp turmeric powder
¼ tsp red chilli powder
½ tsp salt (or to taste)
Water as needed


  • Divide the sliced ladies fingers into two batches.
  • Take a thick bottomed non-stick pan, and add a tbsp of oil. Add one batch of Ladies finger and saute for a few minutes till they change colour to bright green. Transfer to a plate and keep ready.
  • In the same way, stir fry the second batch of Ladies fingers and transfer to the plate.
  • Now, heat remaining 2 tbsp oil in the same pan, add mustard seeds and allow them to sputter.
  • Add onions, curry leaves and dry red chillies and saute till the onions turn soft.
  • Now add the garlic paste and saute for a few seconds till the raw smell goes.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt and mix well.
  • Add the tomatoes and saute for a few minutes till they turn soft.
  • Now add the stir fried ladies fingers and mix well.
  • Add about 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.
  • Then reduce heat, close a lid and cook for about 10 minutes while stirring in between.
  • When all the water has evaporated and the ladies finger is soft and cooked, switch off the gas.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot with white rice and dal curry or with chapathi or any other variety rice of your choice.
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