Monday, October 1, 2018

Cucumber Khichadi | Vellarikka Thayir Pachadi | Cucumber Raita

Vellarikka Khichadi, a delicious curd based pachadi/accompaniment made from cucumber. Few months back, while browsing through pinterest, i had came across this recipe and thought this was so similar to the ash gourd kootu that we used to prepare often at home, instead of ash gourd here the cucumbers are used, since we are very fond of the ash gourd kootu, without a second thought, the very next day, i had prepared this khichadi along with sambar for lunch , it was so delicious and we liked it a lot. Now it's become the routine dish in my kitchen whenever i had the cucumbers in hand.
And also learnt that this khichadi is famous in kerala and also it's included in sadya menu at onam festival. If you like coconut & curd based side dish for your rice, then definitely give a try, i'm sure that you're amazed by its simplicity and tastes at the same time. Now let's check out how to make this yummy cucumber khichadi.

Vellarikka Thayir Pachadi | Cucumber Raita

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Raita | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Cucumber - 1 
Curd - 1/2 cup
Salt - to taste
To Grind
Coconut -2 tbsp
Green chili - 2
Garlic - 2 pods
Cumin seed - 1/2 tsp
To Temper
Coconut oil - 1 tsp
Mustard & urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Red chili -1 

First peel the cucumber, cut them into half vertically and remove the seeds from them, then chop them into small pieces.Beat the curd well without lumps and keep it ready. Heat a kadai with 1/2 cup of water and add the chopped cucumber and let it cook till it's soft.In the mean time, add all the ingredients listed under "To Grind" into mixie jar and grind them into smooth paste. Once the cucumber is well cooked, add the coconut paste and salt.Mix it well and cook till the raw smell leaves, switch off the flame and then add the curd and mix it well.Temper the ingredients listed under "To Temper" and add into the cucumber.Tada, Tasty Cucumber Khichadi is ready to serve.
  • Adjust the green chili as per your taste, the given quantity is for mild spice.
  • Coconut oil gives great flavor to the curry, so highly recommend to use it.

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