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February 5, 2019

Microwave Vendakkai Poriyal – Lady’s Finger Curry In Microwave

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Microwave vendakkai poriyal
Recently I started making vendakkai poriyal (Okra fry / Lady’s finger curry) in microwave. Its so easy to make and hassle free. I tried it in my own way by microwaving chopped onion and lady’s finger in high power for 8 to 10 minutes by tossing them twice in the middle. Then did the seasoning. It came out very well. The best part is you don’t have to stand nearby and keep sautéing to remove the slimy texture of vendakkai. Lady’s finger cooks so quickly in less oil. I am happy with my first attempt of making lady’s finger poriyal in microwave. You too give a try and share your feedback with me. Ok, lets see how to make vendakkai poriyal in microwave with step by step pictures.

Check out my vendakkai poriyal - stove top version, Lady's finger poriyal with tomato too !

Lady's finger fry in microwave

Microwave vendakkai poriyal recipe / Lady's finger curry in microwave

Microwave vendakkai poriyal recipe / Lady's finger curry in microwave

South Indian lady's finger poriyal in microwave

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Main course
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Lady's finger / Vendakkai - 20 nos.
  • Big onion - 1
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  1. Wash and pat dry lady’s finger with a towel. Chop into small roundels.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, take the chopped vendakkai, chopped big onion, turmeric, sambar powder and salt.
  3. Add a tbsp of cooking oil and mix well to coat the vegetable.
  4. Microwave in high power (800w) for 6 to 8 minutes. Open the microwave once in 2 minutes and stir it well.
  5. Remove the lady’s finger after its cooked soft. In a small kadai, temper mustard, urad dal, cumin and curry leaves, add to the poriyal. You can add grated coconut if you like.
  • Wash the lady’s finger. Pat it dry using a cloth towel. Chop into small roundels. Wash and peel the onion skin. Chop into small squares.

  • In a microwave safe bowl, take the chopped lady’s finger, onion, turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt. Pour a tbsp of cooking oil and mix well to coat the pieces.
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  • Microwave in high power (800w) for 2 minutes. Open the microwave and remove the bowl. Mix well. Again cook for 2 minutes.
  • Lady’s finger starts to cook and becomes slimy leaving out threads. Mix well and cook for 2 more minutes.
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  • Open and mix again. Cook till sliminess goes off and lady’s finger becomes soft. It shrinks in quantity too. It took total 8 minutes for me. Time may vary based on the power of your microwave oven.
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  • Once its cooked soft, remove. Temper mustard, urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves in a small kadai. Add to lady’s finger poriyal. Mix well and serve ! Optionally you can garnish the poriyal with grated coconut. 
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  • You can red chilli powder instead of sambar powder.
  • For variations you can add one finely chopped tomato along with lady’s finger. It also helps to remove the sliminess quickly.

Try this easy vendakkai poriyal in microwave quickly and enjoy !

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Unknown said...

Tq simple and healthy steps..It came out nicely .. it s delicious ..

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot for your feedback 😊