In Kerala cuisine, Pachadi is a side dish which is made using yoghurt. I have posted recipe for ash gourd pachadi or kumabalanga pachadi and beetroot pachadi before. Pachadi can be made using different vegetables and sometimes even fruits like pineapple are used. Although I make okra coconut milk curry often, I had never tried to make vendakka (okra) pachadi before since my amma never made it at home.
These days being on a Paleo diet, I usually like to have the curries as soup. Now that I make my coconut yoghurt at home, I have more options for curries. And so I thought of making this vendakka pachadi where you add fried okra pieces to a coconut and yoghurt base. Since the soup base is made by blending coconut meat and coconut yoghurt, it is really creamy and filling and of course , super delicious! I fried extra okra pieces so I could just have those on the side along with this wonderfully healthy and satisfying soup. Traditionally, regular yoghurt preferably slightly soured is used for pachadi. But I used coconut yoghurt instead of regular yoghurt to keep it dairy free. And I added a dash of lemon juice since my coconut yoghurt was not tangy enough.
- About 2 cups Okra (Bhindi), cut into ½ inch rounds (you can use fresh or frozen okra)
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- ¾ cup grated coconut (freshly grated or frozen that has been thawed)
- 2 tsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp turmeric powder (optional)
- 2-3 fresh curry leaves
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ¾ cup plain yoghurt (use coconut yoghurt for vegan/paleo)
- 2 tsp lemon juice (optional to give tanginess)
- 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- ½ tsp mustard seeds
- 4-5 fresh curry leaves
- 1 dry red kashmiri chilli, broken into two pieces
- Pat dry the okra pieces with paper towels (especially if using frozen okra pieces). Sprinkle the salt and turmeric over the pieces.
- Heat the 2 tbsp coconut oil in a small frying pan and shallow fry the okra pieces in batches until they turn crispy. Keep aside.
- Ina food processor, add all the ingredients listed under 'For grinding' except the yoghurt and blend well until you get a fine paste. Then add the yoghurt and lemon juice and blend again for about 30 secs.
- In a small kadai or a wok shaped pan, add the 1 tbsp coconut oil. When hot, add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and the kashmiri chillies and stir for 30 secs.
- Add the ground coconut and yoghurt mixture into the pan and turn heat to low. As soon as the mixture starts to bubble (about 1 min or so), turn heat off. Check for salt.
- Add the fried okra pieces just before serving so that they retain their crispy texture.
This soup is amazing! I adore the delectable and distinct texture of okra in soups and stews. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious Okra Yoghurt Soup (Vendakka Pachadi) with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I’m pinning and sharing this.
thanks Deborah for sharing! Yes its indeed a very healthy and delicious soup!
A different kind of pachadi. Love the coconut yogurt and coconut base.
thank you Mayuri. Hope you get to make it!
I could eat this all day long!
yes Aruna me too! 🙂
Love Pachadi – especially the pineapple one!! Making this often – husbands favourite. 🙂
yeah such a light and tasty dish. ! I have to make the pineapple one now!