Nov 10, 2013

Amma's Cucumber Pachadi / Vellarikkai Pachadi

My mom makes this whenever she prepares a south indian thali menu. She does that during festivals. parties and functions. This is how her thali looks like. It includes Hot Rice, Avial, Banana Poriyal, Ladysfinger Kichadi, Inchi Pachadi, Cucumber Pachadi, Pumpkin Pachadi (Recipe Soon), Chilli Pachadi ,Mango Pickle, Sambar, Paruppu, Rasam, Thalicha More & Semiya Payasam.Looks like a complete menu right..This is how we enjoy our meals..This recipe is one of that menu. Hope you will like this and let me know how it turns out..

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Serves - 2


Cucumber - 1 cup chopped into small pieces(You can grate it also)
Salt to taste
Water - 3/4 cup
Yogurt / Curd - 2 tblspn

For Grinding:
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Green Chilli - 1
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1/2 tsp

For Tempering:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 5


Take grinding ingredients in a blender, add some water and make into a smooth paste. Set this aside till use.

Now take cucumber in a kadai. Season this with salt. Cover with water and bring that to a boil. Simmer and cover the pot and cook till the cucumber is cooked.

Now add in the ground masala and mix well. Bring that to a boil.

Once it boils. switch off the flame. Now let it cool for 5 mins. 

Add curd and mix well.

Now make tempering, by heating oil and crackling in mustard and curry leaves.

Add this tempering over the pachadi and mix well.

Serve with rice.

Take grinding ingredients in a blender

Add in water and make into a fine paste

Take chopped cucumber in a kadai. Add water

Season with salt

Cover and cook

Once the cucumber is cooked

Add in the grated coconut masala

Mix well

Once it boils, switch off the flame

Add thick curd

Mix well

Heat oil

Crackle in mustard seeds

Add in curry leaves

Once it splatter

Pour over the pachadi

Mix again



  1. The food you post intrigues me. I would love to be a guest any given night at your table. Thanks for sharing!


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