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:

Cucumber Peach
Sangria | Non Alcoholic Summer Cooler

Masoor dal &
Hung Curd Salad | Quick Summer Salads…

Kiwi Basil
Smoothie | Easy Sugarfree Smoothies

  Under Iron Rich recipes:

Oven Roasted
Chickpeas | Healthy Snacks | Iron Rich recipes

Broccoli-Palak Parathas

Sugarfree Dates
and Anjeer Halwa

Under Bookmarked recipes:

Margherita Pizza

Ellogarai or
Ellu Sadam | Sesame seeds spiced Rice…

   Now to
today’s recipe :

time :
15 mins | Zero Cook | Serves : 2

suggestions : 

   Upma, Pongal, Set Dosa, Vangibhath, BisibeleBhath, Lapsi Upma,
Oats Pongal, Parathas



  •   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

(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




  1. The Pumpkin Farm

    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. vaishali sabnani

    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. Priya Suresh

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

  5. cookingwithsapana

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

  6. MySpicyKitchen

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

  7. Varada's Kitchen

    Raita is so welcome in this summer heat!

  8. Such a simple, healthy and delicious raita.

  9. Raitha sounds so pleasing and refreshing.

  10. Chef Mireille

    cooling and flavorful

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