Bandakka curry - Ladies fingers curry

Cooking time: 10 min. / 10 min.Difficulty: easy

RecipesSri Lanka

This curry is exceptional firstly as it is nearly not spicy at all and secondly, okra is a slimy vegetable, which some people love, some don't. If you belong to the ones, who love it, you will love this curry too. As Ladies fingers curry is nearly not spicy at all, it is usually combined with more spicy curries like for instance Jackfruit curry.


Remove stalks and tips from ladies fingers and cut on 2cm long "rolls". Put in a pot with all mentioned ingredients and mix well. Do not chop neither shallots nor chilies. Just decise shallots at few spots. Cook on a mild heat about 10 minutes until ladies fingers get soft (not mashy) and coconut milk nearly evaporates.

Serve with rice and other kinds of Srilankan curries. 


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Bandakka curry - Ladies fingers curry

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For 4 portions:

  • 1 bowl of ladies fingers
  • 8 red shallots
  • green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1 pandan leaf torn on 3 cm pieces (optional)
  • home made coconut milk from 1/2 coconut (diluted to 200 ml volume) or 100 ml canned coconut + add water to reach 200 ml

Side dish:

  • rice

Authentic tools needed:

  • clay pot
  • coconut scraper
  • mortar