Vendakkai Mandi – Chettinad

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Vendakkai Mandi – Chettinad

By December 29, 2013

I like this vendakkai mandi , not a typical puli kulambhu but its very simple  to make and I like its simple flavor a lot. Paruppu Urundai and this Vendakkai Mandi is very famous in Chettinad cooking. It gets the name mandi because tamarind is soaked in washed rice water. This can be mixed with curd rice, sambar or any main dish. You can see this in marriage food. I actually like it as main kulambhu too. I like to mix it with white rice and eat. This is from Malika Bhadrinath Kuzhambhu variety book but I excluded the coconut milk part, because I don't think they add coconut milk in it. I like this flavor better. This goes to my Cookbook Challenge section.

  • Prep Time : 10 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes
  • Yield : 2-4



1. In a pan add oil, to this do the seasoning mentioned above. Then saute garlic,onion for some time. Then to this add vendakkai/ladys finger for few mins.

2. Now take tamarind piece and soak it rice washed water, that means wash the rice and add this water to tamarind piece. This is called mandi in chettinad side.

3. Then add tomato and let it cook for 2 mins. When the ladys finger is half cooked add the tamarind pulp. Let it cook till the raw smell from tamarind is gone .It needs 10 mins.

4. Now serve this with white rice or with curd rice or main kulambhu. Tasty vendakkai mandi is ready.


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14 Responses to Vendakkai Mandi – Chettinad

  1. aparna

    too good and tempting too

  2. Shobana Vijay

    There is a small difference…but tastes good I think.Got to try once.

  3. Poornima

    Looks lovely and new to me… soaking tamarind in rice water is really new… will try sometime

  4. usha

    Vendakkai mandi looks delicious! The recipe looks a lot like the pulusu we make in Andhra.

  5. Mireille

    okra is one of my favorite veggies – this is one I would try for sure

  6. Suja

    Another favorite chettinaad gravy, nicely done, Janani :)

  7. Pavani

    That dish looks AMAZING.

  8. Preetha

    i have seen this recipe before in a travelogue show about chettinaad.. looks so yumm.. definite to be served with link it to my event
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  9. savitha

    My MIL used to prepare rasam in rice washed water and she will soak every vegetables in the water. Loved your mandi.

  10. sulthana

    nice taste j

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  12. Swasthika

    Hy Dr… Thanks fr d recipe. U hv not mentioned anything abt d green nd red chillies in d ingredients part, but added dat n ur recipe as I can c n d pics… Plz mention d quantity of chillies as well

    • Janani

      Hi Swasthika,
      Thank you for the point out. Sorry somehow missed it now I have fixed it. Thank you:)

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