Packing lunch for kids and adults can sometimes be a dilemma. We have to come up with something tasty but at the same time it should be filling and healthy too. I usually make pulao and other variety rice like tomato rice, lemon rice for lunch box. I like to experiment with different vegetables and spices, so that it does not taste the same each time.
Sambar powder is a versatile spice powder, it can be used for curries, stir fry's and even to make variety rice dishes. I tried making rice dishes with different vegetables and the sambar powder adds a unique and good flavor. This spicy okra / lady's finger rice is easy for beginners and bachelors to try. It's so simple yet packed with flavors. It needs very few ingredients and takes very less time too. If you have leftover rice, this bhindi rice dish can be done in 15 minutes! You can also try with other vegetables like brinjal, capsicum, ivygourd (kovakkai) and bittergourd (pavakkai). Serve this vendakkai saadam hot with any vegetable stir-fry and papad or potato chips.
Notes and Tips
- If you prefer less spice, then add only 2 tsp of sambar powder or adjust according to your preference.
- Sesame oil adds a nice flavor, but you can use any cooking oil.
- Take care not to over cook the okra, it should not become mushy.