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Ladies’ Fingers Varavu


  • 2 large English onions
  • 1/2 lb ladies fingers (okra) – cut into quarter-inch lengths
  • 2 large fresh green chillies, mild
  • 1 red chilli, broken in two
  • 1 1/2 dessert-spoons desiccated coconut
  • Pinch of chilli powder
  • Quarter flat tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 15 curry leaves

Ladies' Fingers Varavu

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  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. Cover with a lid and fry until the seeds pop.
  2. Finely chop 1/2 an onion and add to the pan, together with the red chilli and about 10 curry leaves. Cook until the onions turn light brown
  3. Chop the remaining onions into quarter inch chunks.
  4. Add the onion, ladies fingers, green chillies, coconut, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and
    remaining curry leaves to the pan, and cover with the lid.
  5. Cook slowly, on a low heat, stirring occasionally. After 10-15 minutes test to see if the vegetables are cooked and serve.