Vendakka Stew Recipe (Kerala Style Okra Stew)

Nithya Anantham
Vendakka Stew Recipe (Kerala Style Okra Stew)
1871 ratings.

Vendakka Stew Recipe is a wonderful mildly spiced Kerala style okra stew. The simple stir fried okras are cooked with coconut milk and flavoured with ginger. It pairs very well with the steamed rice or appams. Since, it does not use many spices it is fairly light on the tummy.

Serve the Vendakka Stew along with steamed rice or appams for a weeknight dinner. 

Other stew recipes that you can try are:

  1. Kerala Style Vegetable Stew Recipe with Coconut Milk
  2. Persian Eggplant Stew Recipe (Khoresht Bademjan)
  3. Korean Stew Recipe With Tofu & Vegetables

Cuisine: Kerala Recipes
Course: Dinner
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Cast Iron Shallow Frying Pan
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

15 M

Total in

25 M


4 Servings


  • 500 grams Bhindi (Lady Finger/Okra) , cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 Onion , big, sliced
  • 1 Green Chilli , slit
  • 1 cup Coconut milk , thick
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger , grated
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Vendakka Stew Recipe (Kerala Style Okra Stew)

  1. To begin making Vendakka Stew, first wash, dry and cut the okras into 1 inch long pieces and keep aside.

  2. Heat coconut oil in a pan on medium heat, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter.

  3. Add the curry leaves and let it splutter.

  4. Add the sliced onions and saute until it turns translucent.

  5. Add the grated ginger, slit green chilli and saute for a minute.

  6. Add the cut okras and mix well.

  7. Season with salt and saute for around 10 minutes till its half cooked.

  8. Close with the lid and let the okras cook well.

  9. Once its cooked, add the coconut milk and a cup of water and bring it to a rolling boil.

  10. Switch off the flame and serve the Vendakka Stew along with steamed rice or appams for the weeknight dinner.