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Vendakkai sambar recipe with step by step photos – delicious sambar made with okra or bhindi. A vegan recipe.

bhindi sambar recipe

If you like okra then this is a must try recipe for you. This is known as vendakkai sambar in tamil language or bhindi sambar in hindi. A vegan recipe.

By now I have posted quite a number of various sambar varieties. At least once or twice a week I make sambar with rice or with idlis or dosa.

So whenever I make a different version, I take pics and add the recipe. the taste and flavor of bhindi comes through very well in the sambar and it tastes very good.

Okra sambar goes very well with plain steamed rice or rava idli or dosa. Accompany a side veggie dish like a poriyal or a veggie roast and you have a delicious South Indian meal. Also serve some appalam or vadams (papads) and a pickle as a side.

How to make vendakkai sambar

1. first soak ½ tbsp tightly packed tamarind in ½ cup hot water for 30 minutes.

tamarind for vendakkai sambar recipe

2. After 30 minutes squeeze the soaked tamarind pulp. Filter and keep aside.

tamarind for vendakkai sambar recipe

3. Meanwhile when the tamarind is soaking, rinse ⅓ cup tuvar dal (pigeon pea lentils) and add them in a pressure cooker.

dal for vendakkai sambar recipe

4. Then add 1 medium onion, which has been diced.

onions for vendakkai sambar recipe

5. Add 1.5 cups of water. Pressure cook the lentils for 6 to 7 whistles or 10 to 12 minutes on high flame.

water for vendakkai sambar recipe

6. When the pressure settles down on its own in the cooker, open the lid of the cooker.

making vendakkai sambar recipe

7. Mash the cooked lentils with a spoon and keep aside.

lentils for okra sambar recipe

Making vendakkai sambar

8. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp sesame or coconut oil. Add chopped okra.

okra for okra sambar recipe

9. Stir and saute for 2 minutes on a low flame.

bhindi for okra sambar recipe

10. Then add 1 medium tomato (diced).

tomatoes for okra sambar recipe

11. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

okra for okra sambar recipe

12. Add the mashed lentils.

making bhindi sambar recipe

13. Then add ½ cup water.

making bhindi sambar recipe

14. Add the tamarind pulp.

making bhindi sambar recipe

15. Next add ¼ tsp red chili powder, ¼ tsp turmeric powder and 3 tsp sambar powder. Stir very well.

spices for vendakkai sambar recipe

16. Season with salt.

salt for vendakkai sambar recipe

17. Simmer on a medium flame for 9 to 10 minutes or till the okra has become tender. Don’t overdo as then the okra will cook too much and become mushy. Cover and keep aside.

making vendakkai sambar recipe

Making tempering for vendakkai sambar

18. For tempering, heat 1 to 1.5 tbsp sesame oil or coconut oil in a small pan. Add ½ tsp mustard seeds and ½ tsp urad dal. Let the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turn into a maroonish color. Keep the flame on low while tempering.

tempering for vendakkai sambar recipe

19. Then add 2 dry red chilies, 1 sprig of curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida (hing). Saute till the red chilies change color and the curry leaves become crisp.

tempering for vendakkai sambar recipe

20. Pour the tempering in the vendakkai sambar. Cover and keep aside for 5 minutes for the tempering flavors to infuse with the sambar.

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21. Serve vendakkai sambar hot with steamed rice or with idli or dosa.

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Vendakkai Sambar

4.88 from 8 votes
Vendakkai sambar is a delicious sambar variety made with okra.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

for cooking lentils

  • cup tuvar dal (arhar dal or pigeon pea lentils)
  • 1 medium onion - diced
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1.5 cups water for pressure cooking

other ingredients

  • 10 to 12 medium sized okra (bhindi or lady finger)
  • 1 medium tomato - diced
  • ¾ to 1 cup water to be added later or add required
  • 3 teaspoon sambar powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt as required
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil or coconut oil or any oil

for tamarind pulp

  • ½ tablespoon tightly packed tamarind
  • ½ cup water

for tempering

  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon sesame oil or coconut oil or any oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal (split husked black grams)
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

Instructions

preparing tamarind pulp

  • First soak 1/2 tbsp tightly packed tamarind in 1/2 cup hot water for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes squeeze the soaked tamarind pulp. Filter and keep aside.

cooking lentils for bhindi sambar

  • Meanwhile when the tamarind is soaking, rinse 1/3 cup tuvar dal and add them in a pressure cooker.
  • Then add 1 medium onion, which has been diced.
  • Add 1.5 cups water. Pressure cook the lentils for 6 to 7 whistles or 10 to 12 minutes on high flame.
  • When the pressure settles down on its own in the cooker, open the lid of the cooker.
  • Mash the cooked lentils with a spoon and keep aside.

making vendakkai sambar

  • In a pan heat 1 tbsp sesame or coconut oil. Add chopped okra.
  • Stir and saute for 2 minutes on a low flame.
  • Then add 1 medium tomato (diced). Saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the mashed lentils.
  • Then add 1/2 cup water, tamarind pulp, 1/4 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and 3 tsp sambar powder and salt. Stir very well.
  • Simmer on a medium flame for 9 to 10 minutes or till the okra has become tender. Don't overdo as then the bhindi will cook too much. Cover and keep aside.

preparing tempering for vendakkai sambar

  • Heat 1 to 1.5 tbsp sesame oil or coconut oil in a small pan. Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and 1/2 tsp urad dal. Let the mustard seeds crackle and the urad dal turn into a maroonish color. Keep the flame on low while tempering.
  • Then add 2 dry red chilies, 1 sprig of curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida. Saute till the red chilies change color and the curry leaves become crisp.
  • Pour the tempering in the sambar. Cover and keep aside for 5 minutes for the tempering flavors to infuse with the sambar.
  • Serve vendakkai sambar hot with steamed rice or with idlis.

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16 Comments

  1. Hi dassana,
    I have never tried sambar with okra. In this, do the okras retain their sliminess? I mean is it felt after final cooking?

    1. ruchi, the okra does have moistness and when you eat them you will feel slight sliminess, stickiness and moistness which is an inherent part of okra. but you will not see any sliminess in the sambar gravy. if you do not want any sliminess, then sauté the okra separately or pan fry them till they are done. then after the sambar gravy is done, add fried okra in the sambar and simmer for a minute or two.

  2. Hi Dassana! Your website is amazing! Many of my friends in Canada and U.S. use your website – many of us have an instant pot pressure cooker that does not whistle. It is just set for number of minutes.

    Could you please translate whistles into minutes? Some of your recipes say 9 whistles and some more, depending on other ingredients. For me, typically, 1 cup toor dal takes me about 12 minutes to make tender if cooking alone with onions.

    This information would be very much appreciated. Thanks so much for your excellent website!5 stars

    1. Welcome Anitha. Glad to know this. Now I am adding the minutes as well as the number of whistles in the recipe. However in older recipes this info is missing. Time taken to pressure cook depends upon the quality of the dal as well as the size of pressure cooker and the flame intensity. e.g. older dal will take long time to cook. if the dal is pre soaked then its cooks faster. in fact from my experience organic dal takes longer time to cook. so it becomes very tricky to give the exact timing. but i have started implementing this.

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