Bendekai Bolu Huli / Okra cooked with Lentil

Okra / Ladies Finger / Bendekai Bolu Huli is again a delicacy of Udupi. Bolu Huli is a type of sambar prepared with lentil and without using coconut. Here sambar powder may be used or may not be used. Sambar powder is basically used to enhance the flavor of sambar. Brinjal / Eggplant is another alternate for bolu huli.
Prep Time
5-10 Minutes
Cooking Time
15-20 Minutes
3-4 People
Okra / Bendekai
Toor Dal
Tamarind Pulp
Curry Leaves
Coriander Leaves
2 Cups
1/2 Cup
1 Tsp.
1 Tsp.
1-2 Tsp.
To Taste
A Few
To Garnish
For Seasoning
Dry Red Chilli
1 Tsp.
As Reqd.
A Pinch
1.     Pressure cook Toor dal separately.
2.     Cut okra to 1 inch size.
3.     Cook okra in tamarind water.
Note: Dilute the thick tamarind pulp with water (about 1 cup) and heat till boil. Now add the okra and cook till they are done, see that they stay still firm. Cooking okra in tamarind water is to avoid the slimy nature of okra.
4.     Now add salt, jaggery, curry leaves and cook for 2-3 minutes.
5.     Add in cooked dal. Adjust the consistency of the sambar by pouring some water and let it boil. To this add sambar powder and cook well.
6.     Season the sambar with mustard and dry red chilli and pour it over the sambar.
7.     Garnish with coriander leaves.


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