June 26, 2014

Vellarikai Inji Pachadi | Cucumber and Ginger Raita | Summer Meals

When I saw Sapana's Cucumber raita it reminded me of the Vellarikai Inji Pachadi we make at home - its a sellout success everytime, as we team it up with UpmaPongalSet DosaVangibhathBisibeleBhath or even Chinna Vengaya Kuzhambu (Pearl Onion Tamarind Gravy) . Earthy, rustic and homely - that's how I would describe this dish. The pics dont do justice to the dish as it was clicked just before dinner in front of a hungry family (you know how it goes from there on....But I shall update the pics soon)..

In the meantime, this dish goes to BM # 41 under bookmarked recipes and also to my event - My health, My way - Calcium rich recipes guest hosted by PJ. If you have any Calcium rich recipes do send it to her here - the event ends 16th July. 

If you have missed any of the BM posts this month under different categories, here's a quick recap:

Under Summer Foods:

    Under Iron Rich recipes:

Under Bookmarked recipes:

   Now to today's recipe :

   Prep time : 15 mins | Zero Cook | Serves : 2
   Serving suggestions : 


  •   Cucumber - 1 medium
  •   Grated coconut - 3 TBSP
  •   Ginger - 1 tsp
  •   Jeera / Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  •   Green chillies - 1
  •   Curd / yoghurt - 1 cup
  •   Salt - to taste

  Tempering (optional) : Oil 1 tsp, mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, curry leaves- few

  1.   Peel and dice the cucumbers finely.
  2.   Grind coconut, jeera, ginger, chillies, salt to a fine paste using very little water.
  3.   Whisk the curd well, free of lumps. Add the ground paste, mix well. Chill well.
  4.   Just before serving ,add salt and if required tempering with mustard and curry leaves


  1. a cooler for now..this looks so tempting with the rains nowhere in sight, and perfect combo to go with a bowl of rice

  2. I have never used coconut in raitas..must try it some time. The combo sounds interesting.

  3. That's surely a very nice dish Kalyani..what happ to your first week posts..you haven't mentioned here..good to know you managed all the weeks..:)..enjoyed reading all of them!

  4. Love the touch of ginger and coconut in raita, very refreshing raita.

  5. That is one of my fav raita in summers and addition of ginger sounds good ! Clicks are good Kalyani....

  6. Ginger grated/ground in raita is new to me. Will try it adding some next time make cucumber raita.

  7. Raita is so welcome in this summer heat!

  8. Such a simple, healthy and delicious raita.

  9. Raitha sounds so pleasing and refreshing.


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