Vendakka Paalu (Okra in Coconut Milk Curry)
1/2 green bell pepper, seeds removed and cut into strips
2 jalapenos, seeds removed and cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 bay leaves
1 small tomato, sliced
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 cup okra, cut into bite sized pieces
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/8 teaspoon cardamom, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup coconut milk and 3 teaspoons water
This recipe is a little spicy and very creamy. It's not authentic but easy to make and delicious.
Heat 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan.
Add bell pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add jalapenos, ginger, garlic, bay leaves and saute 2 minutes.
Add turmeric, chili pepper, coriander, cumin seeds, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon and saute for 3 minutes.
Add tomato slices and raisins and saute for 3 minutes.
Add okra, mix well for about 2 minutes to coat okra with spices.
Mix in coconut milk and water, then cover pan and allow to cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes or until okra is tender. Stir once or twice during cooking. Add additional water if necessary.
Serve with rice and naan!