Vendakkai puli kuzhambu recipe in Tamil Nadu style


வெண்டைக்காய் புளி குழம்பு | Vendakkai puli kuzhambu recipe in Tamil

Tamilnadu Style Vendakkai puli kuzhambu – Kulambu – Ladies Finger in tamarind curry also known as the Vendakkai Puli Kuzhambu is a tangy and spicy curry made from okras also known as lady's fingers / Vendakkai. The curry is cooked in a tamarind and tomato curry base and flavored with shallots preferably but I used normal onion, chilly powder, coriander powder and curry leaves. This kulambu as many versions all over Tamil Nadu. Some people use coconuts to make a thicker version of the kulambu and this is served in hotels for the meals. Both have its own taste and flavor. In this recipe I have not use coconuts and this stays good even for the next day.
Serve the Vendakkai Puli Kuzhambu  along with steamed rice, appalam or vathal for a delicious lunch meal on a working day.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian


  • 1/4 kg lady's finger
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp onion vadagam
  • chopped 1 onion
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • curry leaves
  • chopped 2 tomatoes
  • required salt
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • small lemon sized tamarind
  • 1 glass of water


  • In a clay pot add 2 tsp sesame oil. Add 1 tsp onion vadagam, Add chopped 1 onion, Add chopped 5-6 garlic cloves, Few curry leaves, Saute everything well.
  • Add chopped 2 tomatoes, Saute till tomatoes become soft and mushy. Add required salt and give a quick mix.
  • Add 1/4 kg lengthwise cut lady's finger give a mix, Add 1 tsp coriander powder and 1 tsp chilly powder. Add enough water for the kulambu. Cover and cook.
  • Soak a small lemon sized tamarind in water and extract the juice and keep aside. Open and check whether the lady's finger is cooked well. Now add the tamarind juice and allow to boil well or till oil seperates.
  • Switch off and allow to set it gets thicker as we added tamarind. Serve hot with rice with appalam or vathal.


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