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August 13, 2018

Vendakkai Poriyal With Tomato – Lady’s Finger Curry Recipe

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Vendakkai poriyal with tomato

Vendakkai poriyal with tomato( Lady’s finger curry) is an easy, yummy side dish for rice. Generally South Indians make vendakkai poriyal  in two ways. One in a simple way by sautéing onion, green chilli and thinly sliced lady’s finger cooked to become crispy & soft. Optionally it can be garnished with coconut. Second version of vendakkai poriyal is without coconut. It can be prepared adding onion, tomato and masala powders. As I had already discussed Lady’s finger poriyal with coconut, I thought of sharing this vendakkai poriyal recipe with tomato. Its a dry curry recipe that can be served as side dish for rice. We enjoyed it as a side dish for sambar rice. If you like to eat dry curry, you can have this poriyal as a side dish for roti as well. It tastes great with mild tangy and spicy taste. Friends, do try this version of vendakkai poriyal with tomato, onion and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make Tamilnadu style vendakkai poriyal with step by step pictures.

Vendakkai Poriyal Recipe With Tomato

Vendakkai Poriyal RecipeWith Tomato

Vendakkai poriyal with tomato for rice and roti !

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Poriyal recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Vendakkai / Lady's finger - 20 nos
  • Big onion - 1 no (Big)
  • Ripe tomato - 2 nos (Big)
  • Sambar powder or red chilli powder + dhania powder - 1 tsp each
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar - a pinch
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - Few tbsp
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few


  1. Wash and chop vendakkai / lady’s finger into small pieces.
  2. In a kadai, heat oil and temper all the ingredients given under “To temper”.
  3. Add onion and saute till transparent. Add tomato pieces and saute till mushy.
  4. Add turmeric powder, sugar, salt, sambar powder and mix well.Add vendakkai and saute well. 
  5. Sprinkle little water. Cover the kadai with a lid and cook in low flame for few minutes.
  6. Toss it whenever needed. After the lady’s finger is cooked soft, switch off the flame.
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with rice and roti !


  • Wash and chop Lady’s finger / Vendakkai into small pieces. Finely chop onion, tomato into small cubes.

  • Heat oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seeds, cumin seeds, big onion, curry leaves and saute till onion becomes transparent.
    Vendakkai poriyal with tomato
  • Add tomato pieces, required salt and saute till mushy. Add sugar, turmeric powder, red chilli powder +dhania powder or sambar powder. Mix well.  Lastly add the chopped vendakkai and saute well to coat with the masala. Mix in medium to high flame till its sliminess goes off. Sprinkle few tbsp of water. Keep the flame low and cover the kadai with a lid.
    Vendakkai poriyal with tomato
  • Mix once or twice in the middle. Cook till the Lady’s finger becomes soft and cooked well. Switch off the flame. Enjoy with rice and roti ! Vendakkai poriyal with tomato


  • Addition of sugar and turmeric powder helps to maintain green color of Lady’s finger.
  • You can add 1/2 tsp of garam masala powder if you like.
  • Do not add more water. Just sprinkle few tbsp of water whenever needed to cook well.
Try this easy, yummy vendakkai poriyal with onion, tomato and enjoy with rice !
Lady's finger poriyal with tomato

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SUDHA PR said...

Thanks for the recipe. Made today has come out well.

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your positive feedback :)