Vegetarian Concoctions

September 25, 2006

Vendakkai pacchadi (Bhindi raita)

Filed under: Microwave, Okra, Salads and Raita, South Indian, Tamilnadu — Hema @ 2:09 pm

Microwave has slowly become a default appliance in everybody’s kitchen. It has made life easy and saved time for every house-hold around the globe. Though it is mainly used for re-heating food, simple preparations can be prepared without much effort. In fact, a friend of mine uses the microwave for making everything including sambhar, rasam and curries. Though I am facinated by her methods, I am comfortable cooking the conventional way and using the microwave just for certain things. I love making appalam (papad) and vadams in the microwave. Just rub a little bit of oil on the papad and microwave it for 30-40 seconds and they look like they have been fried…well almost. But who cares? It helps me reduce my oil intake. My mom was totally against the use of microwaves a few years back, but now she has started teaching me recipes to make better use of my machine. This pacchadi is one of her recipes too. The bhindi stays crisp and crunchy for a long time after adding the curd. Here’s what you need

Bhindi – about 15

Curd – 1 1/2 cups

Salt – to taste

Red chilli pwd – to taste

Oil – 2 tsp

For tempering:

Rai – 1 1/2  tsp

Udad dal – 1 tsp

hing – a pinch

Cut the Bhindi and add oil and 1/2 of the required salt to  it.  Mix it well so that all the pieces are coated with oil and salt evenly. Put this in a microwavable glass container and microwave it on medium power for 4 minutes. Always use glass. Plastic will melt! Here is how it looks after 4 minutes.


Now add the remaining salt and chilli pwd and mix well. If you like the bhindi to look deep fried like I do, microwave for another 4 minutes. It will turn black but dont worry, it will taste great. If you would like to retain the green color, microwave for 2.5 to 3 minutes. It will still be as crisp.  Here is my charred bhindi.


Temper with rai, udad dal and hing.  Add the curd just before serving.




  1. Hi Hema,
    I like okra in any form! ur method (rather, ur /Mum’s) is very nice! will try soon. Thanx!!:)
    BTW, I have tagged u for ‘5 things to eat b4 u die’!

    Comment by Manasi — September 25, 2006 @ 5:21 pm

  2. Hi Hema,
    This recipe is new.. sometimes I deep fry the okras but havent tried it with curd.. thanks for the recipe.

    Comment by prema — September 25, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

  3. Hema, my mom makes this too…It’s a very delightful dish, isn’t it? 🙂

    Comment by Chandrika — September 26, 2006 @ 12:54 am

  4. Hema, Thanks for stopping by.Vendakkai pacchadi using microwave, thanks for this easy recipe.I usually make poriyal which takes lot of time and oil, but this recipe looks very this week i’m defientely gonna try u’rs.

    Comment by maheswari — September 26, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

  5. I’ve always wondered what okras can be used for! This is a very interesting recipe. Thank you.

    PS: I love Indian food. Expect to be dropping by here pretty often 🙂

    Comment by vasilisa — September 26, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

  6. Bhindi raita! Yummy!! I love any dish with okra!! Thanks for this, Hema!

    Comment by Asha — September 26, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

  7. @ Manasi
    Do try this recipe and thanks for tagging me

    Traditionally, this pacchadi is made by deep frying the okras. I also like it as it is without adding the curd. Since, the world has become so health conscious, microwaving helps.

    It is a very delightful dish indeed.

    @maheshwari, Vasilisa, Asha
    I love okras too! Do give it a try. its difficult to mess up this one.

    Comment by Hema — September 27, 2006 @ 11:33 am

  8. Hema, tried this tasty dish today and loved u said, it is difficult to mess up..a very easy dish out of m/c in min.s ..thanks..

    Comment by maheswari — October 4, 2006 @ 2:51 pm

  9. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. Love vendakai in whatever form. True Microwave cooking is very helpful. Can you imagine how long I shld be cooking in stove top for that charred okra. Sure wld try this and let you know. Look out for more microwave recipe here:

    Comment by sanjana — February 7, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

  10. Hey Hema,

    I loved your bolg… i liked this Okra recipe … will try it some day soon. your presentation is really so good … my mouth watered with each picture. All the best for more posts …. =)

    Comment by Sriya — March 24, 2008 @ 12:11 pm


    Plastics are not unsafe!!

    Comment by M — June 30, 2008 @ 1:58 am

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