Okra Stir-fry / Bhindi fry / Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti

Okra, also known by the names Lady’s finger, bhindi in Hindi, Vendakka in Malayalam, is sometimes the easiest vegetable stir-fry prepared in my kitchen. Easy to wash, cut and make the most delicious side dish for lunch, dinner or any meal.


The man of the house used to run away from this green veggie in his childhood. And now, he is addicted to the same like he will eat it everyday. Most people don’t like it may be because of the slimy liquid that comes out while cooking. But the fun fact is, due to the same slimy nature, okra is used as a thickening agent in many curries like stews, soups etc. But the stir-fries doesn’t need that slimy nature. So let’s see how to remove viscous nature and prepare a yummy stir fry with vendakka aka lady’s finger.

Okra stir-fry
Okra Stir-fry

Okra Stir-fry / Bhindi fry / Vendakka Mezhukkupuratti


Okra Stir-fry/ Bhindi fry

Okra stir-fry in perfect Kerala style makes the perfect side dish for rice.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Author: Ammu


  • 500 g Okra
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 Onion, medium size
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Green Chilly, sliced lengthwise
  • Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt as needed


  • Wash the okra well, Keep it spread in a kitchen towel to dry or pat dry using a towel.
  • Cut and discard the top and bottom ends of the vegetable. Then chop them into small circles of half inch length (or as desired). Cut the garlic and onion and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. When oil is hot, add the garlic, green chilly and onion. Cook just until the onion is translucent on low flame. Add the curry leaves and the chopped vegetable.
  • Now cook on medium high heat with occasional stirring . Reduce the heat when the slimy texture disappears and the okra pieces appear crisp on the sides.
  • Then Sprinkle turmeric powder and salt. Mix well, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat. Remove the lid and and cook for another 1 minute on medium heat to remove any moisture content.
  • Remove from heat. Serve hot, enjoy.


  • Okra is also known as Bhindi, Lady's finger, Vendakka, Vendakkai and many more.
  • The viscous liquid that oozes out from lady's finger can be removed by roasting it in more oil on medium high heat. You can see the slimy liquid slowly decreasing when you stir it. Stir from time to time so that it won't get burned.
  • The veggie will reduce in size when cooked.


Hope you all liked the recipe. Do try the recipe and let me know in the comments below.

Happy Cooking

author @ my eating space

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