Okra in Lentils – Coconut Curry| Bendekayi Gojju| Bendekayi Kayirasa

Okra or ladies’ finger is known as ‘Bendekayi’ in Kannada. Okra is high in vitamins C and K, antioxidants and provides protein, a nutrient that many other fruits/vegetables lack.

This curry is one of the way to make use of okra in our diet. Curry gives you perfectly tender and smooth okra in mildly sweet and tangy coconut gravy which is mouthwatering. Truly!

This curry is quite popular in south Karnataka. It is known as ‘Bendekayi Kayirasa’. A quite flavourful one – has a note of sweetness from the jaggery that perfectly reduces the heat-induced by red chilies and complements the tanginess added by tamarind.

Okra has a slimy texture, getting rid of it is very important before you put them in the gravy. There are two ways to do it – a) boil okra in tamarind water till the stickiness goes away. b) sautee okra in a pan with little oil in low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes.

I prefer the second option, it helps retain the color and tenderness.

How to prepare Bendekayi Kayirasa ?

Wash and dry okra before preparing to cook them. Sautee okra in a pan until tender(stickiness will go away when tender), just enough to retain the texture.

Prepare the lentil -coconut gravy. Lentils used for the curry is split black gram (skinned). Coconut, lentils, fenugreek (methi seeds), cumin, red chillies tamarind, and jaggery are ground together. I the like gravy thick, so have used less water. Add water based on the consistency you need for the gravy. Note that gravy will be soaked up by okra, so add water accordingly. Spice up the gravy by adding extra red chillies.

Boil the above prepared mixture, and put in the okra that was sautéed. Cover and keep them in gravy for at least 30 mins before serving. This will help okra absorbs the flavours from the gravy.

Serve the gravy with your favourite choice of flatbread or rice.

I hope you like okra curry. It is

  • tender
  • smooth
  • perfectly sweet and tangly
  • flavourful
  • & drool worthy!

Bendekayi Kayirasa

Author : Shruthi
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Cuisine :Indian
Category: Lunch,Dinner, Gluten free, Vegan

Ingredients : 1 Cup =240 ml

  • 450 g okra
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp dry mango
  • 2 tsp tamarind syrup or 1 gooseberry sized tamarind
  • 2 tsp jaggery
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek
  • 2 tsp urad dal/black lentils
  • 2- 4 red chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 tsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • water for grinding ( approximately 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4-5 curry leaves (optional)

Preparation :

  1. wash and dry okra. chop them into 2-3 cm length pieces after discarding the ends
  2. Heat 2 tsp oil in the pan, add okra, dry mango and allow it to cook in low-medium flame for about 10 -15 mins. Add turmeric, and sprinkle salt after 5 minutes. Stir occasionally . If you stir often, the okra pieces will turn out sticky.
  3. While okra is getting cooked, prepare the mixture for gravy. Heat 1 tsp oil, add urad dal/lentils, fenugreek, cumin, red chillies and sautee until lentils turn golden.
  4. In a blender, add coconut, spices mixture, tamarind, jaggery and water . Blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the gravy to a deep bottom pan. Bring it boil along with salt.
  6. Adjust the spices, and add okra.
  7. Close the lid and turn off stove.
  8. Prepare the tempering with mustard seeds, and curry leaves. Heat oil add curry leaves ,mustard seeds and let the mustard seeds crackle,. Mix it to the gravy before serving.

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Hi, I am Shruthi. The food blog focuses on vegetarian recipes that are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Some of the recipes are dairy-free. The goal is to create and share recipes that anyone can make. Simple and easy.

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