Vendakkai Thoran Recipe - Kerala Style Bhindi Stir Fry

Vendakkai Thoran Recipe, a South Indian Style Bhindi recipe where Bhindi/Okra is chopped and cooked along with Coconut and other spices.

Archana Doshi
Vendakkai Thoran Recipe - Kerala Style Bhindi Stir Fry
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Vendakkai Thoran Recipe is a simple and yet delicious recipe made from Bhindi/ Okra also known as Vendakkai in the south of India. The Vendakkai is tossed in a simple onion, green chili and coconut and served as a side dish along with a main meal. 

Vendakkai is a good source of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B, folic acid and calcium. It is high in dietary fibre and low in calories. It is a good option for diabetics.

Make the delicious Vendakkai Thoran Recipe and serve it along with Kuruku Kaalan (Raw Bananas in Coconut Curry) and Steamed Rice for a delicious lunch.

If you like Kerala Recipes, then you must try some of the Kerala Delicacies below:

  1. Ada Pradhaman Recipe
  2. Kerala Kadala Curry Recipe
  3. Kerala Style Konju Curry Recipe

Cuisine: Kerala Recipes
Course: Lunch
Diet: Diabetic Friendly
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

15 M

Cooks in

15 M

Total in

30 M


4 Servings


  • 500 grams Bhindi (Lady Finger/Okra) , slit into half and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 10 Pearl onions (Sambar Onions) , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Fresh coconut , grated
  • 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Salt , to taste
  • Oil , for cooking

How to make Vendakkai Thoran Recipe - Kerala Style Bhindi Stir Fry

  1. To begin making the Vendakkai Thoran Recipe, firstly prepare all the ingredients and keep them ready.

  2. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a heavy bottomed wok/kadai; add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and allow it to crackle. Add the chopped onions and saute until the onions become tender. 

  3. Once the onions are soft and tender, add the green chilies, cut Vendakkai (bhindi) and sprinkle salt.

  4. Cover the pan, with the lid slightly ajar and cook the Vendakkai until it is soft. Keep stirring intermittently until it is cooked through.

  5. Once the Vendakkai is cooked through, add the turmeric powder, grated coconut and saute for a few more minutes. Check the salt and spices and adjust to suit your taste.

  6. Once done, transfer the Vendakkai Thoran to a serving bowl and serve warm.

  7. Make the delicious Vendakkai Thoran Recipe and serve it along with Kuruku Kaalan (Raw Bananas in Coconut Curry) and Steamed Rice for a delicious lunch.