vellarikka pachadi | cucumber pachadi
Cucumber pachadi is a simple but very delicious Kerala style raita made with ground coconut & mustard seeds paste, fresh curd and cucumber.
Kerala, South Indian
grated fresh coconut
2 to 3
or add as required
for cooking cucumber (vellarikka)
medium to large cucumber
or 1 cup chopped cucumber
for tempering vellarikka pachadi
dry red chili
5 to 6
preparing coconut-mustard seeds paste
In a grinder jar take ¼ cup coconut, ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and 1 green chili (chopped).
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons water and grind till smooth. Keep the coconut paste aside.
Rinse, peel and chop 1 medium to large cucumber. You will need 1 cup of chopped cucumber. Add the cucumber in a pan with ¼ cup water.
Keep the pan on stove top and on a low-medium flame cook the cucumber for 5 to 6 minutes. Do stir at intervals.
Let most of the water evaporate from the pan. The cucumber will also have a cooked taste.
making vellarikka pachadi
Then add the ground coconut paste.
Add salt as per taste.
Mix very well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on a low flame. Then keep the pan down and let this mixture cool down.
Beat 1 cup curd with a spoon or wired whisk till smooth.
Once the cucumber+coconut mixture has cooled down or become warm, then add the beaten curd.
Mix very well.
tempering vellarikka pachadi
Heat ½ tablespoon coconut oil in a tadka pan or a small frying pan.
Add ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds.
Let the mustard seeds crackle.
Then add 1 dry red chili (halved and seeds removed) and 5 to 6 curry leaves.
Fry for a few seconds till the curry leaves become crisp and the red chili changes color. Do not burn.
Pour the tempering in the pachadi mixture.
Mix very well.
Serve vellarikka pachadi as a side dish with sambar-rice or steamed rice. you can also refrigerate and then serve. Left over cucumber pachadi can be refrigerated.
Remove the seeds if using yellow cucumber.
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