Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cucumber Pachadi-No cooking needed

In Kerala 'Pachadi' means a side dish similar to Raita made with vegetable or fruit(not all the fruits) in ground  coconut and yogurt to make a thick consistency. Cucumber(Kakkiri/Kaakdi) Pachadi is such an ezee dish that can be served with Rice or Biriyani or instead of Raita and can be made in less than 15 mins. This recipe had been travelling with me from the time I was in Plus two(actually pre-degree). Thanks a ton to my friend Mridu's mom, she is an excellent cook and so is Mridu. Mridu used to stay close to our college and I remember having this first time at her home when myself and few friends(Pritz, Nikhi, Ras...) went to her home for lunch.  I really do not know if this is the exact way Mridu's mom made this but alI I knew is, it was made with uncooked cucumber and I started making it from then by following the normal rules of Pachadi. So Friend's I would again say this is my version of cucumber pachadi which is so ezee to make and I'm sure you guys are gonna love it :)

  1. Cucumber/Kakkiri/Kakdi - 2 med size(peeled and chopped into small cubes)
  2. Green chilly - 4(slit into halves)
  3. Ginger - a small piece(chopped finely)
  4. salt to taste
  5. Yogurt - 1 cup
To Grind:-
  1. Grated Coconut - 1 cup
  2. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
For seasoning:-
  1. Coconut oil - 2 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  3. Whole dry red chilly - 3
  4. urad daal- 1 tsp
  5. curry leaes few
Preparation Method:-
  • In a bowl add Cucumber, green chilly, ginger and salt. With clean hands mix everything together by mashing the veggies slightly.
  • Make a thick paste of coconut and mustard seeds without adding much water(add water little by little just to get it grind, maybe a tbsp at a time). Add it to the cucumber, stir to mix.
  • In another bowl whisk the yogurt with a spoon gently just to remove any lumps and add it to the cuucmber-coconut mix and stir well with a spoon. Adjust the salt to taste
  • Now the only part where you have to switch on your stove - Seasoning the dish and this is purely optional.
  • Heat a pan and pour coconut oil. Add mustard seeds, when the mustard seeds crackle add urad dal and give it a stir. Add curry leaves and red chillies and stir till dal turns becomes golden brown. Pour this over the pachadi.
  • Your Cucumber pachadi is ready to serve with Rice/Biriyani/Pulav or anything of your choice. Enjoy!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    I have tasted this recipe when i was staying with a Kanyakumari based family. She used to boil the cucumber along with a bit of salt and water. The other steps are same.

    This is a personal fav of my husband( i leart it from her).


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