Vendakkai vathal /kondattam (sun dried lady's finger )
Vegetables in season are preserved by sun drying them. Popular veggies sun dried are bhindi,chick peas, mango etc.
Vendakkai vathal on deep frying will be crisp and tasty. You can use the fried ones in preparing raitas too. My vegetable vendor generously gave me 2 Kg of bhindi almost free. So I decided to convert them to vattals.
You will require
Tamarind - lemon size
Chilly powder - 2 tspn
Turmeric - 1/2 tspn
Wash and dry the bhindis.
Cut them into 1/2 inch long pieces.
Soak the tamarind in warm water.
Extract the juice and add water to it so that it comes to 1 1/2 cup.
Add salt, turmeric and chilly powder. (Adjust these according to your taste)
Transfer the cut bhindi pieces to a pressure cooker. (You can cook directly in the cooker.)
Pour the tamarind mixture.
Steam cook for 15 minutes. (No need to put whistle.)
Drain and dry it under the sun. I got it dried with in 2 days.