Okra in coconut sauce/Benda Alle piyavu

This is one such vegetable I never cook too often mainly because of the slimy texture it has, which many people dislike. But nevertheless it’s still a popular and much loved by lot a of people. I have used fresh Okra for this particular recipe, you can use frozen ones too. However, fresh ones are great in this recipe. Alle Piyava sagle is a semi dry curry/dish .Alle/Ginger and Piyavu/Onion sauted till soft along with Okra and cooked in a luscious coconut sauce is so aromatic and tasty. The combination of onion and ginger pieces imparts a nice and appetizing aroma and it equally complements with the Okra making it even more pleasing. This dish is made spicy and often served with rice.

Here's the recipe:


3 cups of okra cut into 2 cm long
3 green chillies slit
1 tsp chopped ginger pieces
1 medium onion chopped length wise.
Salt to taste
3 to 4 tsp cooking oil

For masala:
¾ cup coconut gratings
5 to 6 fried red chillies
¼ tsp tamarind concentrate


1. Firstly blend the coconut gratings, red chillies, tamarind to a smooth fine paste with little water.

2.Wash the okra and pat them with a paper towel or clean linen. Cut them into 2 cm long pieces and set aside.

3.Heat oil in a kadai or deep skillet, add the chopped onions, green chillies and chopped ginger pieces. Saute the onions till translucent.

3.Now add the cut Okra pieces and fry for couple minutes. If it releases any slimy juice then add a little lemon juice or tamarind juice, this will reduce the chance of sliminess.

4.Add the ground masala, salt and mix everything well, add little water and cook till the okra is tender. Adjust the consistency by adding little water to make thick gravy.

5.Serve along side rice and Dali toy or rotis.

P.S: Adding good amount of tamarind will also stop the okra from being slimy.


Asha said...

Great looking dish, I love Okra gravy with dosas! :)

ash said...

yummy looking alle piyavu