Udupi Style Bendekayi Palya Recipe - Ladies Finger With Coconut

Udupi Style Bendekayi Palya, a simple side dish where bhindi is tempered with spices and coconut. It is an easy recipe, this makes it perfect to pack in your Lunch Box.

Karthika Gopalakrishnan
Udupi Style Bendekayi Palya Recipe - Ladies Finger With Coconut
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Palya is a simple stir-fry recipe which is popular in the northern part of Karnataka. Palya can be prepared with any kind of vegetable; the vegetable is stir fried with coconut and red chili paste, one such recipe is Udupi Style Bendekayi Palya Recipe (Ladies Finger Dry With Coconut).

Usually, byadagi chilies are used for preparing palya. If the chilies are not available, feel free to use the available ones.

Prepare this simple Udupi Style Bendekayi Palya Recipe, and serve it with hot piping Udupi Style Mixed Vegetable Sambar Recipe and Steamed Rice for lunch.

If you like this recipe, try more Palya Recipes for your everyday meals:

  1. Cabbage Palya Recipe
  2. Karnataka Style Badanekayi Palya Recipe
  3. Gorikayi Palya Recipe
  4. Karnataka Style Sorakkai Palya Recipe

Cuisine: Udupi
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

35 M

Total in

45 M


3 Servings


  • 20 Bhindi (Lady Finger/Okra)
  • 1/2 cup Fresh coconut , grated
  • 3 Dry Red Chillies
  • 18 grams Tamarind , soaked in water
  • 1 teaspoon Jaggery
  • Salt , to taste
  • For seasoning:
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 2 Dry Red Chillies
  • Curry leaves , a handful

How to make Udupi Style Bendekayi Palya Recipe - Ladies Finger With Coconut

  1. To begin making Udupi Style Bendekayi Palya Recipe, wash okra with water and allow them to dry completely. Once dried chop them into small pieces.

  2. Soak tamarind in a cup of warm water and extract its juice and set it aside. Discard the pulp.

  3. In a non-stick kadai, heat a little oil. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, Allow to splutter. Add urad dal and allow it to turn golden and sizzle.

  4. Add in curry leaves and red chillies. Let it sizzle for a couple of seconds.

  5. Now, add the okra pieces and cook with the lid opened until the okra is half cooked and stickiness/sliminess goes off. Ensure to fry them in high heat and stir continually, but careful enough to not break them.

  6. Meanwhile, let’s prepare masala for palya. In a mixer, grind coconut and dried red chilies into coarse powder without the addition of water. The paste has to be coarse.

  7. Once the okras are half cooked, add jaggery, salt, and tamarind juice. Add little amount of water and cook with the lid covered until the okras are completely cooked and the water is absorbed.

  8. Now, add the freshly grounded coconut paste to the okra pieces and cook them on low heat.

  9. Cook Udupi Style Bendekayi Palya Recipe until the raw smell of coconut goes off, for about 5 minutes. Switch off the heat and it is ready to be served.

  10. Prepare this simple Udupi Style Bendekayi Palya Recipe, and serve it with hot piping Udupi Style Mixed Vegetable Sambar Recipe and Steamed Rice for lunch.