April 26, 2012

Vellarikai Khara Pachadi | Fiery Cucumber chutney


Vellarikai Khara Pachadi (Spicy Cucumber chutney) is another dish from my Paati's (maternal grandmom) stable. Spicy to the core, and relished with hot rice and ghee, this is one of the favourite accompaniments. And for some reason, I had totally forgotten this for quite some time, till a basketful of cucumbers landed in the refrigerator last week. Well I did make Koshimbir (Salads) and also Cucumber pickle (recipe soon!), but then was lost for ideas, till mom reminded me on the phone. And boy, was I both ecstatic and impatient to make this. Amma gave me the recipe,and it came out well. For the scorching summers, this is one yummy side dish that never fails whichever part of the year.

And paired with yummy Curd rice, we had this for dinner. Even kiddo who is sceptical about new dishes (especially non baked ones) had this for a yummy filling meal. Traditionally, this dish is really spicy, so adjust the spice for your kitchen. Sending this to Blogging Marathon under"Accompaniments" theme and Vardhini's Healthy Side Dishes. Check out the other BMers here. Also sending this to my own event - Kitchen Chronicles Heirloom Recipes hosted by Saras & Gayathri's WTML hosted by Rasya

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Prep time - 10 mins 
Cook time - 10 mins (To roast the ingredients)
Serves - 3
Difficulty level - Easy
Serving suggestions - Steamed rice / Curd Rice
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Ingredients:
  • Tender Cucumbers - 2 medium sized (See Notes below)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tempering : oil (1/2 tsp), Mustard seeds, Curry leaves

For the masala paste:
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Channa Dal - 2 TBSP
  • Red chillies - 3 nos
  • Green Chillies - 1 no
  • Oil - 1 TBSP
  • Asafoetida - a generous pinch
  • Tamarind - small gooseberry sized
  • Jaggery - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Jeera / Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Coriander seeds - 1/2 TBSP

Method:
1) In a large pan, heat 1 TBSP oil. On medium heat, roast the channa dal, red chillies and green chillies. Set aside. In the remaining oil, fry the dry coriander seeds, cumin, tamarind. Turn off the heat and add to the roasted dals-chillies. Cool thoroughly. 
2) Grind this mixture (without salt) but with coconut and asafoetida to a very thick paste. 
3) Meanwhile, wash and peel cucumber. Dice into small tiny bits like you would do for Kosambari (Indian cucumber salad). Mix the paste into the cucumbers till the masala paste coats the vegetable well. Do not add salt at this stage too.
4) Prepare the tempering. Once mustard splutters and curry leaves get slightly crisp, add to the chutney and mix well. Just before serving, add salt, mix well and serve immediately.

Notes:
1) This dish tastes very well with very tender cucumbers.
2) If the cucumbers are not very tender, ensure to deseed the core, and then use the flesh only. 
3) This dish does not keep well for more than a day, even with refreigeration. Use the pachadi immediately.

24 Foodie Comments:

PriyaVaasu on April 26, 2012 said...

Very new recipe kalyani!!! never made spicy chutney with cucumber!!! Looks yum!!!!

Prathibha on April 26, 2012 said...

we too make this..we replace chana dal wid chutney dal for easy version

Prathibha on April 26, 2012 said...

we too make this..we replace chana dal wid chutney dal for easy version

vaishali sabnani on April 26, 2012 said...

sounds delicious.The flavors are interesting.

Gayathri Kumar on April 26, 2012 said...

Very new to me. Pachadi looks very nice...

The Pumpkin Farm on April 26, 2012 said...

wow khara pachadi...will go well with curd rice or khichdi.looks sizzling

Champa on April 26, 2012 said...

This is something very new and nice.

Priya on April 26, 2012 said...

Very tempting and yummy chutney,very new for me..

Nalini's Kitchen on April 26, 2012 said...

Sounds new to me,looks tempting dear...

Jayanthi on April 26, 2012 said...

Very new to me and I love the pachadi color...awesome. I guess it can accompany many dishes because its spicy. Bookmarked it.

sangeetha on April 26, 2012 said...

very new n interesting recipe Kalyani...looks hot! will try it sometime...

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi on April 26, 2012 said...

never say no to chutney!

Srimathi on April 26, 2012 said...

I have not done much cooking with cucumber. This is an interesting recipe.

Anzz on April 27, 2012 said...

A very new recipe but looks absolutely divine..! :)

Chef Mireille on April 27, 2012 said...

unique chutney...looks yummy!

Cool Lassi(e) on April 27, 2012 said...

Awesome spicy chutney!

Srivalli on April 27, 2012 said...

That's a good one!

Pavani on April 27, 2012 said...

Tangy & yummy chutney..

Vardhini on April 28, 2012 said...

Different chutney ..

Vardhini
CooksJoy

Suma Gandlur on April 28, 2012 said...

This is a different one than our regular version. Bookmarked. :)

the mad on April 28, 2012 said...

New to me. Must try it out. Sounds very yummmy.

Aarthi on April 29, 2012 said...

yummy pachadi

Saras on April 29, 2012 said...

New to me and sound interesting. Will try it soon..Thanks for linking.

Saras
Kitchen Chronicles ~ Heirloom Recipes

rajani on April 30, 2012 said...

A new recipe for me.Looks nice :)

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