BENDAKAYA PULUSU

BENDAKAYA PULUSU

Bendakaya is generally a favorite among most of the Andhra people. It is well familiar to us as ‘Lady’s finger’ but it has another name called ‘Okra’.  We can make many recipes with this Bendakaya. Today let us try pulusu recipe with this ingredient. Bendakaya pulusu is a simple recipe and gives excellent flavor and taste. Let us know how to prepare this Bendakaya pulusu at home and enjoy the excellent, tangy taste of it.
INGREDIENTS:
Bendakayalu   – ¼ KG
Onions    – 2 (Chopped length wise)
Tomato   – 1 (Chopped length wise)
Green chillis  – 3 (Slited length wise)
Curry leaves   – few
Tamarind   – big lemon sized
Jaggery   – small piece
Turmeric   – ¼ Tea Spoon
Coriander powder  – 1 Tea Spoon
Chilli powder   – 1 Tea Spoon
Salt    – to taste
Oil    – 2 Table Spoon 
Coriander leaves – few

THADKRA/ POPU/ SEASONING/ THALIMPU:
Mustard seeds  – ½ Tea Spoon
Fenugreek seeds – ¼ Tea Spoon
Cumin Seeds  – ½ Tea Spoon

PROCESS:
1. Wash and pat dry the Bendakayalu and cut in to 2 inch pieces and keep aside
2. Take a deep wide bottomed Kadai and heat oil in it
3. Let it simmer and add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds in it.
4. When they start splutter add curry leaves and onions and fry on medium flame
5. When the onions turn golden color add green chillis and saute for few minutes
6. Add Lady’s finger pieces and mix gently
7. Cover and cook till the Bendakaya turns tender
8. Add chilli powder , coriander powder, turmeric and salt and mix well
9. Add chopped tomatoes and cook for few more minutes
10. Add tamarind pulp and Jaggery along with sufficient
11. Bring it to boil and reduce the flame
12. Cook for 10 more minutes till the gravy thickens
13. Finally garnish with coriander leaves and serve with steamed rice.

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