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Vendakka Thoran Recipe - Kerala Style Okra Stir Fry Recipe

How to Make Kerala Vendakka Thoran Recipe. Kerala Style Okra Stir Fry with fresh coconut. An easy recipe for Onam Sadya
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala, South Indian
Keyword: authentic, Traditional
Servings: 4
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Hari Chandana Ponnaluri


  • 3.5 cups Okra / Ladies Finger sliced
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Coconut
  • 3 - 4 Green Chillies
  • 6 Shallots
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1 Garlic Clove optional
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash, wipe and slice the okra and set aside.
  • Heat coconut oil in a frying pan. Add mustard seeds and urad dal and let them splutter. Add the curry leaves and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add 3 chopped shallots to it and fry until transparent.
  • Now add the chopped okra and saute for a minute.
  • Sprinkle a very little water and cover with a lid. Let it cook on a low – medium flame until pieces are cooked.
  • Keep stirring occasionally.
  • Grind the remaining shallots, garlic clove, turmeric powder, fresh coconut, green chillies and cumin seeds to a little coarse paste and set aside.
  • When the okra pieces are cooked, add the ground coconut mixture to it.
  • Add salt and mix everything.
  • Fry for 2 – 3 minutes and turn off the flame.
  • Serve hot with rice.


Use coconut oil for the authentic flavor and taste. 


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 37.7mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1.5mg