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Low Fat Crunchy Okra In Yogurt (Raita) / Vendakka Thair Pachidi

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Monday, October 18, 2010 | 9:14 PM

Okra is one of my favorite vegetables. There are only two groups of people out there, one who love okra and the other who cannot stand it. Most people do not like it because, if it is not cooked well it can get all slimy and gooey and the texture is a big turn off. But on the other hand if you roast it well then you are left with very tasty okra. To get the slimy thing out of the equation I always broil the okra. It can be roasted to become so crunchy and can easily pass off as garnish or in raita. On the other hand it can be toasted enough to be used in preparation of bindi masala. This raita is very common to south Indian cuisine. Original recipe uses the stove top to roast the okra which requires a lot of oil. I thought it would be great to post this recipe because of the broiled low fat crunchy texture and taste of okra. It is super simple to make and makes life easy. Apart from all that, I thought the pictures were very interesting and unique. They were clicked by my husband with the help of the in house food stylists my daughter and niece. 


Cutting Board
Baking Tray
Measuring cups and spoons


Okra - 1 cups sliced into less than 1 cm disks
Oil - 1 tbsp
Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp 
Yogurt - 1 cups
Asafoetida - a few shakes 
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - a few
Dry chilli - 1


1.Turn the oven to broil . Coat the baking tray and okra with 2 tsp of oil, salt, chilli powder and broil for  20- 25 minutes making sure to turn the okra every now and then.

2. Add 1 tsp of oil to the wok. Add mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and dry chilli and once the mustard seed pops remove from flame and add to yogurt. 

3. Add the crunchy okra to the yogurt and serve.


  1. Hi Srimathi,

    I make it the same way...a very healthy vegetable...


  2. My fav veggie...looks so gud n tempting!

  3. Vendakka thayir pachadi looks delicious,I make it quite often,love vendakkai...

    Pushpa @

  4. Bhindi thayir pachadi looks absolutely yummy and awesome!

    Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes

  5. Definitely a few minute wonder...loved yur pics and the presentation is fabulous!

  6. Nice pachadi,even I prepare the same way. Well presented.

  7. Definitely a creative recipe. Love it. and pic icing on the cake.:)

  8. wow delicious thair pachadi luks wounderful...

  9. Cool... broiling veggies saves a lot of time. Nice pics and well presented

  10. thats a yummy it with some chapathis!!

  11. I too love okra and broiling okra seems like a good idea to get rid of the gooey texture... Okra raita looks delicious!

  12. Okra is my fav veggie too, wow its delicious, will be great with paratha's :)

  13. Its my hubby's fav...Nice Clicks too
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  14. nice pictures.

  15. This is one of my favorites and I love that you used the broiler to get the crunch. Looks delicious and the pictures are very good!


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