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Bendakaya Pulusu Recipe

Pulusu recipe with okra or bendakaya which is cooked in tamarind gravy...
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Andhra
Servings: 4 -5
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Asiya


  • 1/4 kg bendakaya/okra cut into medium large pieces
  • oil - 2 tbsp
  • 3 medium size onions finely sliced
  • 2-3 slit green chillies
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 medium size tomatoes finely chopped
  • salt - to taste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp roasted coriander seeds powder
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin seeds powder
  • 1 lemon size tamarind extracted pulp
  • 3 tbsp coriander leaves
  • sugar - a pinch


  • Firstly, take a cooking vessel, into it add oil and heat it.
  • Add sliced onions, green chillies, curry leaves and saute till onions get soft.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute to get rid of raw smell.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, saute for few minutes.
  • Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander seeds powder, cumin seeds powder, mix and cook on low flame until the masala leaves oil from the sides.
  • Add the bendakaya/bhindi pieces and saute delicately, cook for 4-5 minutes on low flame.
  • Add the tamarind pulp into it, mix well.
  • Add little water about half a cup.
  • Add coriander leaves, curry leaves(2-3) and add sugar if the gravy is too tangy.
  • Bring the whole mixture to a boil and let the pulusu cook until the okra gets soft.
  • Enjoy the bendakaya pulusu with steamed rice!!!


1.Jaggery too can be added in place of sugar crystals to balance the tangy flavor.
2.Tempering/popu of mustard seeds and cumin seeds too can be given in the beginning to give a variation to the recipe.


Calories: 160kcal