Vendakkai Thayir Pachadi | Okra Raita | Easy Side Dishes

Vendakkai thayir pachadi – or okra raita is a nutritious and filling side to sambhar or rasam that can be made in a jiffy. The protein used here is curd or yoghurt which is rich in probiotics and aids in digestion. 

Use fresh curd for this recipe. You can whip this up even at the last minute when you need to add a dish to the dinner table for unexpected guests. My elder one loves bhindi / okra in most forms so obviously she polished it off. We had this once with Keerai sambhar(Greens gravy) and the next time with chinna vengaya kara kuzhambu (shallots in tangy gravy) and loved both combos.

Similar Raita / Curd based Pachadis:

Mooli Raita

Palak Raita (spinach raita)

Doddapatre Tambli(Raita with Karpuravalli / Mexican Mint a.k.a Indian Borage)

Vellarikai Inji Pachadi (Cucumber Ginger Raita)

Pineapple Raita

So for all okra lovers out there, make this quick dish n surprise your guests.

Okra Raita – Vendakkai Thayir Pachadi

Prep time: 10 mins, cook time : 10 mins, serves : 4

Protein Source : Curd (yoghurt)

Gluten Free Side dish , Cuisine : South Indian, can be veganised

Course : Accompaniments



  • Okra – 100 gms (tender) – trimmed and chopped into slightly thin roundels.
  • Thick yoghurt – 100 gms – whisked well (use vegan curd like rice milk curd or soy curd for a vegan version)
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Jeera / cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Crushed or julienned ginger – 1 tsp
  • Green chilly – 1 no
  • Red chilly broken – 1 or 2
  • Salt – to taste



  1. Heat oil. Splutter mustard and cumin seeds. Add the ginger and chillies and sauté for a minute. Now add the chopped okra and fry well. Don’t add any salt or water but keep sautéing on low – medium flame, uncovered for 8-10 mins till the okra shrivels and turns slightly crispy. Add 1/2 tsp additional oil if required in between. The Okra must remain crispy till the yoghurt is added. 
  2. Turn the heat off 
  3. Add the chopped coriander and mix well. Let the veggies cool a bit.
  4. Now whisk the curd well. Add the sautéed okra from the pan and mix well. 
  5. Add salt just before serving, mix well and serve immediately 


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  1. I love this Bhindi Raitha,..makes a fantastic side dish for biryanis!

  2. Sharmila kingsly

    This is one of my staple dishes.. Love roasted bhindi with curd 🙂

  3. Roasted Okra always tastes great. Okra Raitha is a bit of effort but is worth it the nutrition. Anlet Prince ( http://www.Annslittlecorner.com )

  4. My fav raita. Love it with BBB.

  5. cookingwithsapana

    I haven't ever tried raita with okra. However we love okra so I should try this soon. Looks delicious ????

  6. I am forever planning to make okra raita but it always ends up in a stir fry. Your dish looks yum…will try this soon hopefully!

  7. vaishali sabnani

    This raita needs to be tried , it looks stunning ! I love the way you have heavily loaded it with this tempering . Fabulous !

  8. I love the ingredients but not the look of it. How would it look blended together? Any pics?

  9. Kalyani, nice raita. I usually make okra sabji with yogurt. Wouldn't mind an okra raita during the hot season.

  10. Gayathri Kumar

    This was one raitha I used to eat frequently during my early days of dieting. I loved it as a snack, but this also makes a nice side dish for rice varieties.

  11. This is one raita that I want to make n never make. Looks yum.

  12. I always heard about bhindi raita but never tried.. after your picture.. will def. Try this next time.

  13. I have tried okra raita couple of times and my kids love this protein rich raita to the core, well done Kalyani.

  14. This okra raitha makes a nice side dish for pulaos.. lovely

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