Vendakka Thoran (Okra Thoran)

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   My mother loves variety in vegetarian dishes. When people normally make a vendakka fry, my mom would totally go in for a vendakka thoran, vendakka kichadi or vendakka mappas. When I was a kid, I loved this thoran, which had a wonderful flavor and tasted so good. The aroma of okra with green chilies, coconut, and onion is really something! And, believe me, that is all you need for this thoran. Just four main ingredients! Mom does not use any spice powders in this recipe.
   Make sure not to overcook the vendakka pieces, just sauté them until their slime is completely gone. You can have it with rice, curd rice or chapathi and dal. Btw do check out my MIL’s yummy okra and potato curry. That’s another favorite of mine!

Ingredients (Serves 5)

1. Vendakka / okra – 25 – 30 small, diagonally sliced

2. Oil – 1.5 tbsp

3. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

    Dried red chilies – 1 – 2, broken

4. Onion – 3/4 cup, thinly sliced and halved

    Green chilies – 3 – 4, diagonally sliced

    Curry leaves – A few

5. Grated coconut – 3/4 cup

6. Salt – To taste


Heat oil in a cheena chatti or any pan at medium-high heat. Splutter mustard seeds and then add sliced onion, green chilies, curry leaves, okra pieces and enough salt. Cook for about 10 – 12 minutes, stirring occasionally until the okra loses its sliminess ( do not overcook). Add grated coconut and cook for 1 – 2 minutes. Taste-check for salt and switch off. We had it with curd quinoa and lemon pickle. It goes well with rice or chapathis and dal.


Vendakka thoran

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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