I got this ladies finger/vendakka/okra- recipe from a TV show some time back. Until then I knew only mezhukupuratti , theeyal and sambar with vendakka.this recipe is really tasty.
One medium sized onion thinly sliced.
One medium sized tomato
¼ or more cup of coconut milk.
Chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder,garam masala powder and salt.
Take small okras (about 10/15).Cut the top and bottom away. Make 2 slits on top.
Mix equal amounts of chili powder and coriander powder along with turmeric powder and salt. Fill the okra with this mix. Finish the rest like this. Keep the left over powders aside.
Heat little oil and lightly fry the okras, till the color changes slightly. Keep it aside.
Heat little more oil. Fry onion till it is transparent. Add tomato and keep on frying till tomato is cooked well. Add garam masala and any left over powders after filling the okras. If there is no left overs, then add half a tea spoon of chili powder and half a tea spoon of coriander powder. Fry a couple more minutes.Now add the fried okras in to the tomato mix and stir well. Add just enough water to cover them. Cover it and cook. When the water is almost gone, reduce the heat and add coconut milk. (About ¼ cup).mix well and take it off the stove.
Goes well with rice or chappathy.