Bendakaya Vepudu

Bendakaya Vepudu is a simple fry recipe made with Bendakaya or bendi or okra or ladies finger. It is a very simple recipe where bendakaya is tempered and sauteed with onions. There are many variations of bendakaya vepudu. We can add either cashews or groundnuts or we can do simple fry. Today I am sharing how to prepare bendakaya vepudu with groundnuts with simple instructions along with photos.

Bendakaya Vepudu | Bendi Fry

Bendakaya Vepudu is a simple recipe where bendakaya is tempered and fried with onions.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 Cups Bendakaya (around 250 gms)
  • 1/2 cup Onions (Finely Chopped)
  • 1/4 cup GroundNuts
  • 1/2 tbsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp Urad Dal
  • 1/2 tbsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Chilli Powder
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice(optional)
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Oil


  • Wash and dry the bendi or bendakaya on the kitchen towel. Slice them to fine rounds. 
    Bendakaya Vepudu
  • Pour the lemon juice and mix well so that all the bendi are nicely coated with the juice.
  • Now spread over the bendi in the tray and put it in the oven for 10mins at 350 degrees fahrenheit. This helps in not only cook bendi, it helps to remove the stickiness.
  • After 10mins, remove the bendi from oven and cool it. We can notice that the bendi were nicely cooked and were dry.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in the frying pan.
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds when they crackle add urad dal. When the dal is slightly brown, add groundnuts and fry till they are slightly brown.
  • Add chopped onions and fry till they are translucent.
  • Add turmeric and fry for 1-2 mins.
    Bendakaya Vepudu
  • Now add the bendi, mix well and fry for 2-3mins.
    Bendakaya Vepudu
  • Add chilli powder and salt. Mix well and fry for few more minutes. Adjust salt as per your taste.
    Bendakaya Vepudu
  • Bendi fry or Bendakaya vepudu is ready to serve. Its goes well with White rice and sambar or rasam. Also goes well with chapati.
    Bendakaya Vepudu


  1.  If you do not like lemon, you can skip the steps 2,3 and 4 and can directly add bendi to the sautéed onions and fry.
  2. Do not add salt before bendi is fried nicely. If we add salt before itself then the bendi becomes more sticky and gooey on cooking.
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