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November 21, 2019

Vendakkai kootu Recipe – Lady’s Finger Kootu Recipe

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My MIL tried this vendakkai kootu (Lady’s finger kootu) with tomato, coconut and moong dal after tasting in a hotel/ restaurant. Its procedure is very similar to our poricha kuzhambu. Last week when she was here, she made this kootu for me. We loved it very much. Its a simple and easy kootu recipe. We can serve it thick as a side dish for vatha kuzhambu/ sambar or make it slightly thin like kuzhambu, mix with plain rice adding ghee. Tastes good in either ways. Ok lets see how to make vendakkai kootu recipe with step by step pictures.

Vendakkai kootu recipe / Lady's finger kootu

Vendakkai kootu recipe / Lady's finger kootu

Lady's finger kootu recipe / Vendakkai kootu recipe

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

1 cup 250ml
  • Lady's finger - 20 nos.
  • Moong dal - 2 tbsp
  • Ripe tomato - 1
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp
  • Water - to grind
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  1. Wash and chop lady’s finger, tomato into cubes.
  2. Grind coconut , rice flour to a smooth paste.
  3. Pressure cook moong dal adding required water, turmeric and sambar powder.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai, saute lady’s finger, tomato.
  5. Add required water and cover cook till soft.
  6. Add cooked moong dal, coconut paste and salt. Boil for few minutes.
  7. Temper and add to kootu. Mix and adjust consistency. 
  8. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy !
  • Wash and chop lady’s finger and tomato into cubes. Set aside. Grind coconut + rice flour to a smooth paste.

  • In a pressure cooker, take the moong dal, sambar powder, required water and turmeric powder. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mash well and set aside.

  • Heat oil in a kadai. Add chopped lady’s finger and saute till it shrinks without threads. Add tomato and saute well till its mushy. Add some water, cover cook till lady's finger is done.  

  • Add the cooked moong dal, coconut paste and mix well. Add required water if the kootu is thick. 

  • Boil for few minutes. Temper mustard seeds , curry leaves and add to kootu. Mix gently and serve with plain rice. Enjoy ! 


  • You can use red chilli powder and coriander powder instead of sambar powder.
  • For variations, you can use toor dal or chana dal instead of moong dal.

Try this yummy vendakkai kootu for rice and enjoy !

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