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Bendakaya Pulusu | Tangy and Spicy Okra Gravy

Bendakaya Pulusu - Andhra Style Tangy and spicy gravy prepared with okra. This pulusu is a perfect rice accompaniment.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: rice accompaniment
Cuisine: Andhra/Telangana Cuisine
Keyword: Bendakaya Pulusu
Servings: 4
Author: Srividhya G


  • Onion - 1/4 of a medium sized onion
  • Ginger paste - 1 tsp
  • Bendakaya | Okra - 5 to 6
  • Tomato - 1
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Hing - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 2 tsps
  • Green chilly - 1
  • Jaggery - 1 small piece
  • Tamarind paste - 1.5 tbsp or gooseberry sized lemon
  • Curry leaves - 5 to 6 leaves
  • Water - 2.5 cups


Prep - Work

  • If using tamarind paste, dilute the tamarind in 1 cup of water and set aside. If using tamarind, soak it in water for at least 30 minutes and extract about 1 cup of juice.
  • Chop the onion, tomato, and okra and set aside.
  • Slit the green chili into two.


  • Heat the kadai and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, methi seeds, urad dal, and hing.
  • As they start to splutter, add the onion, curry leaves and cook until the onions turn translucent.
  • Then add the grated ginger and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • At this stage add the chopped okra and cook for two minutes.
  • Then add the chopped tomato, salt, and red chili powder.
  • Let this okra and tomato mix cook well until the okra is tender and soft.
  • Now add the tamarind extract + water (1.5 cups) and jaggery.
  • Mix and let ti simmer for 7 to 10 minutes, and that's it.
  • Yummy pulusu is ready. Serve hot with rice.


You can replace okra with brinjal, bottle gourd or veggie of your choice.
I did not add any garlic, but garlic can be included too.
Grated ginger and jaggery are optional.
Adjust the salt and spices as per your preference.
I did not add any turmeric powder, hence the fiery red color. :-) 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder can be included.
If you skip tomatoes, increase the amount of tamarind.
Adjust the water to your desired consistency.