Sambar can be made with a variety of vegetables and each vegetable gives a unique flavor to the sambar. Vendakkai / ladies finger sambar is one of my all time favorites. I have already posted some other easy sambar recipes - radish sambar, pumpkin sambar and vendhaya keerai sambar, check them out too.
Ladies finger is quite expensive here and not available all-year around. So whenever I see good ones, I buy few to make pachadi or sambar. This is an easy and no-grind sambar recipe, perfect for beginners and bachelors. It goes well with any thoran/poriyal or vegetable stir-fry and with idli/dosa too. We totally enjoyed this vendakkai sambar with rice and kathrikai kara curry. Let's see how to make this simple and flavorful sambar.
Notes and Tips
- You can use any oil but I recommend using coconut oil as it adds a nice flavor.
- You can also add a small tomato after frying the shallots.
- Adding red chilly powder is optional.
- Frying ladies finger removes the sliminess, so do not skip it.