Vendaikkai Pachadi- Tirunelveli Special

This recipe is a tirunelveli special one. It is a must recipe in our marriage lunches. We also make this on function days when we prepare oru vagai curry ( oru vagai curry consists of one poriyal, kootu, aviyal, pachadi, paruppu and ghee , sambar and appalam . It means one food of each variety ). This is a very simple and tasty recipe and tastes very good with rasam rice.  My mom has an array of pachadi recipes. Pachadis with their tangy taste make a good companion to rasam. On somedays when we decide to make a simple lunch, it consists of rice, rasam and a pachadi.It can also be had with sambar rice and curd rice. Vendakkai Pachadi tastes good with ulundham paruppu saadham also.

Vendaikkai Pachadi/Ladies Finger Pachadi


15 no. ladies finger

2 small size tomatoes

1 medium sized onion

1 green chilly

1/3 cup shredded coconut

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

Salt to taste

2 tsp oil

For tempering:

1/2 tsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard

1/2 tsp urad dhal

2 sprigs curry leaves


  1. Slit each ladies finger into two or four and chop finely.
  2. Chop onion and tomatoes finely and keep aside.
  3. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan. Add the ladies finger and onion and sauté for few minutes. Then add the tomato pieces and sauté some more. Now add 1 cup of water and let the vegetables cook.
  4. Meanwhile grind coconut, cumin seeds and green chilly into a smooth paste. After the vegetables are cooked add the paste, let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Pachadi is ready. Do the tempering with mustard and urad dhal.

November 9, 2010. Tags: , . Nellai Samaiyal, Pachadi.


  1. Malathy.s replied:

    hi, I like all ur posts , recipes are simple. i want to know how to mae urundai kolambu in Tnveli pillai style

    • hema replied:

      Thank you for visiting my blog Malathi. Will try to update you on urundai kuzhambu.

  2. Balu replied:

    Can I add tamarind water for more taste.

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