Vendaikaai Mandi/Ladies Finger/Okra Mandi - Chettinad Special Tamarind gravy

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Thursday, December 05, 2013

After trying out a snack and a sweet from chettinadu, i m here with the recipe of the famous mandi. Yup, Mandi is nothing but rice washed water. Amma used to use mandi to bathe kuttu when he was a baby, that too when he started walking, she used tp massage his legs with warm mandi/rice washed water. It is supposed to have so much of nutritional benefits. 
We used to drink Arisi Vadicha Kanji/Water drained from cooked rice along with buttermilk, it is said to cool our body during summer. No doubt, the grammathu samayal/Traditional village cooking, has so many health benefits hidden. And that was the reason, our ancestors were able to lead a healthy life till their end. My Paati even at the age of 93, never had any health complaints, and now me in my early 30's have a dozen health complaints, It is high time, we all  go back to the basics!!! :)

Recipe Source : Solai Aachi's Blog
10 nos Ladies finger
20 nos Small onion/Shallots
1 pod of Garlic-(i used the big variety, had around 10 big cloves)
1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
4 nos green chillies, cut into two
2.5 Cups Arisi Mandi/Rice-washed water
1/4 Cup Mochai/Dried green beans, soaked overnight
a small goose-berry sized tamarind
salt to taste
1-2 tbsp Gingely oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 pinches of hing/asafoetida
2 sprigs of curry leaves

  • Soak Mochai/green beans overnight.  Next day, drain the water, Pressure cook  with a cup of water, for 2 whistles, drain and keep aside. Soak tamarind in 1 cup of Arisi mandi/rice washed water. Soak shallots
  • Heat a oil given under "Tempering" in a Kadai/Pan. Splutter mustard seeds, add curry leaves, fenugreek, hing and turmeric powder.
  • Next add chilies, chopped onion and garlic pieces and sauté for 2 minutes. Now add the ladies finger and sauté nicely for another 3 minutes.Next add chopped tomato, mochai /green beans, and 1 ½ cups of Arisi mandi and cook in medium flame.
  • In the meantime, extract juice from the tamarind soaked in the arisi mandi/rice washed water. When the okra/lady's finger  is 3/4 th cooked, add  salt and tamarind extracted Arisi mandi/Rice washed water. Let the mixture boil for 5-8 minutes after tamarind is added. 
  • Take it off the flame, the gravy will not be too thick or too thin. Serve it warm with rice or as an accompaniment to Idly/Dosa. 
  • The mandi adds a unique texture and taste to the gravy.It tastes yum, when served the next day. We enjoyed it with hot rice and also with dosa.

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  1. such an flavorful and delicious mandi with lady's finger looks super yumm !!

  2. Very flavourful dish. I am a big fan of chettinad dishes and this looks very yumm.

  3. I have never tried this, shall try very soon

  4. this is a good n new concept for me of using rice washed water.. sounds great! :)

  5. Very tempting n wanna finish right now...

  6. Another interesting dish from you. Loved all your recipes this week.

  7. Another new and interesting dish from you. Love it.

  8. wow this is so good on so many levels - protein rich and so interesting to use rice water

  9. That is such a healthy & delicious dish. Use of rice washes water is new to me.


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