Aug 28, 2012

மிளகாய் பச்சடி / Amma's Chilli Onion Pachadi / Onion & Green Chillies Cooked in a Sweet Tamarind Sauce ( HOT, SOUR & SWEET )

This is my amma's famous recipe, she makes this more often than anything else..Whenever she makes her paruppu kulambu( DAL), it must be accompanied by this pachadi. Warm Dal mixed with hot rice along with a generous drizzle of homemade ghee and let's not forget the papadam, mix all those together, take a generous portion out of it( don't ask me how generous, as long as the portion fits your mouth) form it into round balls..Now comes the interesting part, dip that round ball in this pachadi and without any delay throw them into your mouth. I should tell you this, this taste like heaven..It reminds so much of amma for me…

I know you will  love this hot, sweet and sour pachadi…Try it and tell me how it came for you..


Onion - 1  large finely chopped

Green Chillies - 10 chopped finely

Tamarind Pulp - 3 tblspn ( Click here for recipe)

Jaggery / Sarkarai - 2 tblspn

Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp

Curry leaves - 1 spring chopped finely

Oil- 3 tblspn

Salt to taste


Heat oil in a kadai.

Add in mustard seeds and allow them to pop.

Now add in curry leaves and saute for  a min.

Add in the onions and salt and saute till they turn golden.

Add in the green chillies and saute for couple of mins.

Now add the tamarind pulp and some water. Bring this to boil.

Add in jaggery and cook this on a high heat till oil separates and the pachadi gets thick.

Serve with rice.

Take all your ingrediants
Heat oil in a kadai
add mustard seeds in it and let em pop
add curry leaves and allow them to splutter
add in onions
Sprinkle salt in
and saute for few mins
let them brown a little
add green chillies in
and saute for few mins
add in tamarind pulp
and some water
bring it to boil
add jaggery in
Cook till they thickens


  1. Yummy Yummy....Ur intro makes me eager to taste this...

  2. This is something like Inji Puli...surely would taste good...yummy...

  3. Hi Aarthi, tangy pachadi is always welcome :)

  4. wow really u made me hungry now to have paruppu rice with this pachadi...

  5. looks tempting.. Ongoing event " Party snacks",more detais :

  6. I love this recipe..Like to have with curd rice..

  7. HI Aarthi,
    I have tastes similar pachadi sometime back..its was good....glad to see the recipe here now...tq

  8. Looks super hot and delicious.

  9. Very yummy...looks perfect. Would like to have it now...

  10. I made this today to have with rice and dal. I told my husband that "it's Aarthi's amma's recipe" and because I've already cooked so many things from your blog and told stories about them, he said "Oh, so it's probably all made of chillis", and I said "hehe, almost". He tried it and kept saying how well it goes with our dinner, and that your amma deserves applause for such a good recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Its looking yummy...But we called it as curry when cooked on stove..instead of grinding with garlic jeera and tamarind

  12. Ma'am just went through the link that was given I am really excited thank you do much for the link sorry I didn't notice earlier.thank you


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