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Vendakka/Okra Upperi

Vendakka Upperi

 Upperi is a Kerala style simple vegetable stir fry and is served as a side dish with steamed rice. Okra is my favorite veggie and  is also a nutritionally rich vegetable. This type of stir fry is good for those who wish  to avoid the sliminess of okra. It is a very simple dish and you will love it.

Vendakka/Okra- 3 cups chopped
Shallots/pearl onions thinly sliced- 3/4 cup
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Crushed red chilly- 1/3 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
salt to taste
Curry leaves- a few
Coconut oil- 3 tsp

Wash vendakka/okra under running water and pat dry (to avoid sliminess). Trim off the edges and cut into small pieces.
Heat coconut oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutter add sliced shallots,turmeric,crushed dry red chilly and curry leaves and saute for a minute and add the chopped okra/vendekka. Fry in medium flame.Do not cover and stir occasionally for the first few minutes. (If you continuously stir for the first few minutes it will become more slimy).
When the okra becomes dry and slightly brown on the edges add salt and pepper powder and continue to stir fry in medium high flames for about two minutes. If you want it a little more crispy continue till you attain the desired crispness. Serve with rice.
Note: you can add chilly powder towards the end instead of dry chilly flakes and pepper powder.

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Hope you will all enjoy!


  1. I make this too and its a perfect side for morkuzhambhu

  2. a different version :) looks great..

  3. lady fingers are chopped so perfectly suja! simple and healthy dish

  4. superb yaa....irresistible..yummy

  5. A family favorite, looks good..

  6. Delicious looking dish...

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  7. my fav. anything with Okra , i m there...superb

  8. Love this simple okra dish.

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  9. This is the best among all the bhindi preparations..

  10. Vendakka upperi adipoli, every week make I make this or thoran. Thanks Suja for linking this delicious recipe to Favorite recipes event: Vegetarian recipes

  11. Healthy, crunchy, tasty bhindi!!!!
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  12. hi suja, cant wait to try out your okra recipe.. looking forward to use curry leaves.. have a nice day dear.

  13. Suja adipoli aayitonda.I make this often but does not come out so neat and tidy

  14. Quick and definitely a healthy upperi.

  15. ente eppozhatheyum fav aanu..truly yummy !

  16. ente eppozhatheyum fav aanu..truly yummy !

  17. Delicious..!!!

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