Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Kakkiri Pacchadi (Cucumber in Tempered Coconut and Yogurt Sauce)


Kakkiri pachadi is something like cucumber Raita. But Raita is grated or chopped vegetables of any kind, mixed with yogurt and generally no coconut is involved. Here in kakkiri pachadi, uncooked, green cucumber is mixed with coconut which is ground along with few other ingredients to impart fresh flavours. It is then mixed with yogurt for a refreshing tangy taste. And then tempered in coconut oil. Here mustard is used in two form, one while grinding and other is used to splutter while tempering. Pachadi can also be made with other vegetables like beetroot, mango, pineapple, carrot, Okra, Indian cucumbers etc. Most of these vegetables are cooked prior to adding the ground mixture though and are integral part of Kerala Onam Sadya menu. This is my mother’s version of kakkiri pachadi and she normally serves it along with some fish curry, fried fish and pappadum.


Kakkiri Pacchadi (Cucumber in tempered coconut and yogurt sauce)
Serves 2-4

Ingredients:
1 cup grated cucumber
A tiny piece of ginger
1 medium size clove of garlic
1/3 cup grated coconut, fresh or frozen (not desiccated)
¼ tsp mustard seeds
½ - 1 green chilly (Omit if you don’t like it spicy)
½ cup creamy yogurt

For tempering:
2 teaspoon coconut oil
¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
1 twig of curry leaves
1 dried red chilly, broken into 2*



Preparation:

1. In a bowl tip in the grated cucumber. If wished, you may chop them into tiny pieces as well instead of grating.

2. Grind coconut, green chilly, ginger and garlic into smooth paste by adding 2 Tbsp of curd.

3. Crush mustard using pestle and mortar and add to the coconut mix. You can also add mustard directly to the smooth coconut paste and just whizz them just to crush. But make sure that you don’t over-do mustard as the flavour is very strong and overpowering. So to be on the safe side, crush it on pestle and mortar.

4. Add the whole ground coconut mixture to grated cucumber. Add yogurt and salt and mix well.

5. In a separate small pan, heat oil. When the oil is hot enough, crackle mustard seeds and add chilly and curry leaves. Sauté for few second until it leaves aroma. Add it to the prepared mixture and mix well. Serve with hot plain rice and curries.

Notes:

1. My mom uses round dried red chilly for tempering, I am not sure what it is called though. I have never come across that kind of chilly here , so I use long twisted Dried kashmiri chillies instead. I am sure any dried variety should work fine.

26 comments:

Delights said...

we call it kargal from our place...but we won't temper it...jst add the coconut,mustard & garlic paste into the grated coconut..hey btw, pls check your 4th step...i think u 've to write ther grated cucumber instead of coconut...

Happy Cook said...

Love this and it looks so so yumm.

An Open Book said...

Shab now tht im def gonna try..im always bored with the usual mooru curry and i actually have no clue how to make pachadi kichadi with all the weird veggie..cucumber sounds like a great idea..love the 1st pic.
u know what..there is a cupcake decorating class im attending next monday and since they goofed up my previous appt., they said i could bring along a friend absolutely free of charge. If u were anywhere nearby i would have def asked u to drop over and we cud have done some serious cake decorating :)

Shabs.. said...

@delights, thank u so much for pointing that error out. I have corrected it now.Kargal...never heard of that name....where r u from btw?

Zia Elle said...

A lovely creation Shabs, I like the picture too and the glass cup you used!! Really so chic!!

Alka said...

I couldn't read the recipe,I am unable to move my focus from that gorgeous bowl..thats simply awesome and the pics...I am speechless !

Kairali sisters said...

Oh my...mind blowing pictures Shabs...Kakkiri pachadi super anu tto..

Sharmilee! :) said...

Totally new recipe...yogurt in it sure my kind :) looks so tempting

Satya said...

pachadi looks delicious ...must try ur version of pachadi soon

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Looks refreshing !!! Nice pics Shabs..

Priya said...

My fav, just love with any sort of briyanis..

Suja Sugathan said...

Yummy pachadi,looks too good..beautifully presented

Delights said...

even i ws wondering y did u address me Delights...it's then i saw my comment.!!! btw i'm hasna...i didn't kno wen did i register here...might be hanan or hasee had done ths..lemme confirm with them...nyway luks awesome...gr8 fan of your pics...& dishes too... :))i used to wonder always y it's named as kargal...it doesnt seem lik malayalam...u didn't hear ths???

sanjeeta kk said...

Lovely clicks! Nice to be here. Your pictures speak a thousand words. Following you to get more of such visual treats and the recipes. Best wishes.

divya said...

They look awesome. Wonderful pics.

Nitha said...

Lovely clicks Shab's... And delicious pachadi..

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Beautiful presentation shab.Love that pathram.kakirika pachadi+fish fry ente fav combo anu.amma weekly once elum ethundakum.My hubby doesn't like this.so njan undakare ella.enthu cheyyam :(

kothiyavunu.com said...

Kidulam pachadiyum Picum..even i have one waiting in my draft..have to posted it soon.:-)

Parita said...

What a gorgeous presentation dear! Stunning pics!

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

this is my fav..love to have with pappadam, kuthari chorum, garlic picle... shabs, i made your chocolate cake yesterday..it was super tasty..i had tried vrinda's n simply.food's recipe for chocolate cake too..

Deepa said...

wowwwwwwwww... yummyyyyy... :D

Deepa said...

wowwwwwwwww... yummyyyyy... :D

Rachana said...

I love this awesome presentation. Gorgeous pics.

Amreen said...

Hi Shabs Nice blog this looks good andyummmyyyy........!!!!!!!
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shezu said...

fantastic will be trying these, cant wait................

Shanthi said...

Wonderful and well presented. Luv the bowl

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