Vendakkai Puli Kootu Recipe | Ladies Finger Tamarind Kootu
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Vendakkai Puli Kootu | Ladies Finger Tamarind Kootu Recipe

Vendakkai Puli Kootu, a traditional kootu made with ladies finger, tamarind and mild spices. This kootu is a perfect accompaniment for any Rasam or Thogayal varieties.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Kootu Varieties, Stew (Kootu)
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam



  • 200 gms Vendakkai (Ladies' fingers) Chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1 Gooseberry Size Tamarind
  • 2 tbsp Toor Dal (Pigeon pea)
  • 1 tbsp Sambar Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt Adjust As Needed
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder

For Tempering

  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal / Kadalaparuppu)
  • a Pinch Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing)
  • 1 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • Few Curry leaves


Preparing Tamarind Extract

  • Soak tamarind in warm water for about 10 mins and extract the juice. Set this tamarind extract aside

Cooking Dal

  • Take toor dal in a vessel. Add turmeric powder and water. Pressure cook for about 3-4 whistles. Once dal is cooked, mash the dal and set aside

Roasting Ladies' Finger

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped ladies' finger along with turmeric and pinch of salt and fry in medium flame till it is soft and tender

Cooking Puli Kootu

  • Heat a pan. Add tamarind juice to the pan along with salt and sambar powder. Boil the tamarind juice for about 5 mins to get rid off its raw smell
  • After 5 mins, add the cooked ladies' finger to the tamarind juice. Allow the kootu to boil for about 2 mins
  • Now, add the cooked mashed dal to the kootu and give a mix. Bring it to boil and switch off the flame

Tempering Process

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to sputter. then add bengal gram and fry till light brown. Then add the grated coconut and fry till its golden brown. Finally add curry leaves and give a mix.
  • Pour this tempering to the kootu.

Serving Time

  • Serve this delicious Vendakkai Puli Kootu with rasam or Thogayal and enjoy the yummy kootu


  1. We can mix a teaspoon of rice flour with a tablespoon of water and add it to the kootu to make its consistency thicker.
  2. We can add 1/2 teaspoon of grated jaggery to enhance the taste.


Serving: 0.5Cup | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g