Sunday, April 18, 2010

Try this dish another Pachadi, it is excellent for digestion as the main ingredients are Ginger. In Kerala a lot of dishes do contain a good amount of ginger as it is a known fact that when coconut is consumed it is always good to have a good amount of ginger, dry ginger powder is also used and has very good medical remedies. Try this out.......


You Need

Ginger 1/2 cup (finely Chopped)
Coconut 2 tbsp( Grated)
Curd 1 cup
Green chilly 1 nos (remove seeds and chop)
Salt to taste
Oil 2tbsp
Mustard 1/2 tsp
Curry leaf 1 small sprig
Asafoetida 1/4 tsp

Do it

-Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard when it crackles add the curry leaf, green chilly, the cut gingers and saute well, add the grated coconut and saute till the coconut turns slightly brown,take off flame and cool.
- Grind the above to a coarse mixture, mix this to the curd add required salt.
- Serve with any type of food.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


You Need

Yellow pumpkin 1 cup (cleaned and diced)
Red dry chilly 3 nos
Grated coconut 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Curry leaf a small sprig
Jeera 1 tsp
Tamarind 1tsp Paste
Onion 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Salt to taste
Oil 2 tbsp

Do It

-Heat oil in a kadai , add the mustard when it crackles add the onions curry leaves and saute well, then add the pumpkin little water and cook on slow fire when the pumpkin is half cooked add the tamarind mix well and cook
-Grind the coconut, jeera and the red chilly to paste and add to the cooking pumpkin and mix well .
- Remove and squeeze little lime and serve with any type of Rice preparation

The above preparation can also be replaced with other vegetable like Yam, Ash Gourd, cucumber etc.


Pachadi is a South Indian dish very similar to the Raitha's of North India, it is cooked in various styles, steamed, sauteed, stir fried or even fresh where a combination of curd, coconut are added and then tempered with mustard etc as per requirement of the dish. Pachadi's are excellent accompaniment with the main dishes served in India, be it vegetarian or Non-vegetarian. Some pachadi's are made in distinctive pickle flavour, while some taste sweet and sour...but it is all Tangy and gives pep to your food.

Here are some pachadi's tried by me with a diversification on the ingredients used and it is all Yummy... go ahead and try.

You need

Mango 1 cup (finely diced cubes)
Jaggery 2 tbsp
Oil 2 tbsp
Mustard 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilly 2 nos Coarsely chopped
Curry leaf a small sprig
Salt to taste


-Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard when it crackles add the Dal ,dry chilly and Curry leaves saute well , add the mango and saute .
- Add the jaggery a little water and cook on very slow fire till its cooked.

Serve with any main dish an ideal combination for curd rice also