Dec 6, 2010

Easy Peasy Food for the Lazy Soul - Cucumber Pachadi

Pachadi - in Kerala - refers to dishes which are yogurt based - similar to raita - though cooked, in a mixture of coconut, spices, and sour yogurt.

The vegetable I am using, I call it cucumber, but this really is not the regular salad cucumber most of us would be more familiar with.  The market I get it from labels it "Malabar Cucumber" and I doubt if this is available very far from South India.  Anyway, this was such an easy recipe, I just had to share it.  You could substitute with carrots, just steam the carrots a bit before you start with the actual recipe because they will not cook this fast.

microwave kerala recipe Cucumber Pachadi


Since "certain people" felt my previous post did not have detailed enough photos:

microwave kerala recipe Cucumber Pachadi
Cut the cucumber into half and quarter each half.  Peel and deseed each of the wedges.

microwave kerala recipe Cucumber Pachadi
Slice each wedge into smaller strips and then dice the strips.
You need more detail than that, call my mom!  Now for the actual recipe.

Ingredients:
Cucumber - 250 g
Coconut - About 5 heaped tablespoons
Curd/Yogurt - 3/4 cup (this needs to be khatta, sour - just leave home-made curd out longer than you would usually do)
Green chilies - 2
Black mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Make a thick paste with coconut, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chili, and just enough water to help in making a smooth paste.  In a microwave safe bowl, add the diced cucumber, coconut paste, and any remaining yogurt.



Add salt to taste.  Mix and place the bowl in the microwave to cook - I keep it on the 100% power setting for 2 minutes.  Just watch for the mixture to start boiling and take out soon as it reaches a boil - takes less than 2 minutes if the quantity is lesser.

Now you just need to do the tempering.  You would need:


  • Cooking oil - Authentic Kerala cuisine uses coconut oil, but you could use something like sunflower oil.
Once the oil gets hot, add in the same order
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp - wait till the seeds splutter and then add,
  • Dry red chilies - 1 (broken into half - I forgot to do that)
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Methi seeds - about 10 seeds - yup count and take :D
  • A pinch of asafoetida.
Once you put the asafoetida wait about 10 seconds, and pour the tempering on to the cooked cucumbers and mix.  That's it.  Cooking over.

Take pic and mix :D


Traditionally served with rice as a side dish, I like eating this with chapatis or paranthas.

Yogurt needs to be sour make this dish.  If its not sour enough, the dish is going to taste very boring.

59 comments:

  1. OMGG, Radhika this soo awesome and errr.....it looks so bloody delicious. me noooooo likkeee you at all.. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..

    and what do you mean by "certain "people. Sarcastic monkey. grr prr..

    me want that cookoomer now. :(( Can i make this regular cookoomber?

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  2. and you used fresh coconut or the dry coconut?

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  3. you know I make curd rice like this. Take cooked rice, put curd on rice and then put the same tadka you mentioned on the curd rice...not funny but it tastes yum he he h e

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  4. No not regular salad-wala cookoomber..fresh coconut..oh I should have specified that??? Almost all Mallu cooking - fresh coconut. Try with carrots..I don't know how it will be though :D

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  5. and what's with the cute table cloth...me too want such cute table cloth.. *smug*..OMZZGGGG!! I am staring staring at the piccys. You eat hajmola after eating your meal okay? :P

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  6. Certain people - JOMOL and RATI

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  7. Err..cute table cloth...is a secret.

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  8. bt carrots would be orange na..me want it to be pretty white.. *smuggg moree*

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  9. i wodner where will i get fresh coconut here...grrrrrr
    you took revenge na...can phor you.

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  10. I give up. No idea. You wait till I post some other mallu recipe and try that instead.

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  11. I post for you some time with coconut milk..you get coconut milk????? Do you get anything other than those muffins??????? Me ate like a starved pig got so hungry seeing your pics :-(( And hubby cannot understand why I am grumpy :D

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  12. me like you lazy recipes. :D :D one day i wanted to try your bread upma thingy, I didnt have potatoes at my house onlyyy....I'll make one of these days. I have loads of bread now and tomorrow i have to buy potatoes. he h e

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  13. he he yes we get coconut milk, nicely packed in tetra packs. :D :D :D

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  14. and you have fresh curry patta also..**smugg* i use the packed dry ones. but they are not bad either.

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  15. I post lazy bum mallu recipe next week..you can manage with coconut milk..is super lazy bum :D but you do need khatta dahi :D

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  16. I have a curry leaf plant - 2 actually. You don't get fresh curry leaves in the market there?

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  17. okay i make dahi khatta. just inform me before hand he he he

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  18. nahin nt at subji walas. they have no fresh curry patta. they only have fresh dhaniya and pudina patta. also palak patta, patta gobhi, saag patta but no curry patta

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  19. :| :| :| wowwww..I have so many things to courier to you :D :D :D Filter coffee ka filter..curry patta seed...my abandoned Maxfactor foundation

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  20. your cookoomber is so motu and cute. we get log like cookooombers here., *smugggzzz*

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  21. Oh you get palak..me post that recipe too..errr...some time next month..cos I have to cook it na to post it :|

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  22. I dont want you maxfactor foundation...groooooooosssssssssss

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  23. he he ...I know how to make palak. also palak paneer..- make palak and put paneer, hummpphhh!!

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  24. GRRRRRRRR...THIS IS NOT SALAD CUCUMBER...we get chotu chotu "European hybrid" whatever that means cucumbers here...single serving kinds..heheheee...they are costlier than the biggies but don't get wasted na. Cos only I eat, hubby hates cukes!

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  25. same here. my hubby also likes onions not cookoombers. Like he likes all faaltoo things in the world- namely potatoes. he he h e

    actually he likes me as well, I think. :P

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  26. :D :D :D :D Donkeys like faltoo things :D :D :D

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  27. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  28. Yumm...Vellarikka pachadi is a hot fave at home Rads. I make it with pavakka and vendakka as well. Have you tried those in pachadis?

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  29. NEVER!!! Never seen it also!! Pavakka is karela na? And vendakka?? You saute it before adding?

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  30. OOh..is it? Yeah pavakka=karela and vendakka=okra. I deep fry the pavakka coz if not, it will be too bitter. Vendakka is sauteed for a while and added :-)

    Btw, there is an easy tip for karela..just use the karela vadam(fryums)..will make your life easy coz frying fresh karela is a pain

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  31. Oh wowwww...should try it some time. We never buy karelas - hubby and I both don't eat - but will definitely try with the vadams once I get my hands on some :D Thankoooooooooooooo :D :D :D

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  32. Welcome...

    I love karela...so its a regular at home :-)

    will wait for ur pics once u cook..or just try okra..why force yourself to eat something that you dislike

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  33. Okra might be a better option. Karela will have to wait till I get them..oh I think karela bitterness gets quiet beaten and subdued once its fried..mom makes a fried sabji with it which was quite tasty :D

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  34. So many of us stay up so late :D :D Me finished with my work...gooood night :D

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  35. Good morning Rads....Morning morning yours and Rati's post are creating havoc to my dieting regime!!!!

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  36. Good morning Cali :) :) Oh this one is healthy..it won't hurt your dieting.

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  37. he he he he!!! :D :D....That muffin post made such a hit on my taste buds.....and then this!! :P :P...

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  38. I was so hungry yesterday after reading the muffin post!! :D :D

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  39. me trying this, and from Poornima got the tip of pavekka pachadi, though i never made it, cos i hate pavekka, but nowadays kind of liking it......
    more of avial theeyal recipes too ;)

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  40. Yup that's a nice tip, using pavakka and bhindi :) I didn't even know pachadi could be made that way! I don't know how to make theeyal :-(

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  41. There are tears of joy in my eyes.....there are detailed photographs and even detailed ingredient and preparation method......not some odd link that leads to some other website.....he he he, I am very very yappy...and that pachadi looks the same way my mother makes........ammachi....he he he

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  42. Ohhhh...tears of joy!!!!! Do you make anything?????? Last time also...my half-baked post you showed to your mom..and now this one also its like how your mom makes. Looks like my poor daughter is going to have to hire a cook once she marries Aarohan...what a useless mother-in-law you will be!

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  43. hey hidimbi....you able to access Rati's blog kya.......I am not able to.......:(

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  44. Heheheheee...is my evil plan..so everyone reads my blog. Only after you read my blog you can access IMBB...hhahahahahhahahah....hehehehehahahahhahaa..errr....I can access it, Jomol. You clear cache and try again.

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  45. I think her ip got blacklisted. me getting it rescued. :D :d I think she was accessing igniter way too much. he he he

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  46. god radhika, you'll die when you read jomol's post today. no kidding. I am already arranging for flaaawers....:D :D :D

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  47. Jomol on mail...hehehehehee.

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  48. You know....i will make your daughter make all Ethiopian and Scandinavian nonveg dishes....not these pacchadi kicchadi that you will teach her..........

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  49. That's her problem really, not mine. Teach her???? Why would I teach her anything????

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  50. Rads! This is so mouth-watering!I'm south Indian too, stay at Hyd, so I'm so fond of the chutneys you know!Telugu People in hyd also make chutney from the ridgegourd peel!These days I'm having vegetable achaar!:-)

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  51. Hii Uzma..ya I have read about pachadis in Andhra cuisine though never tried making any myself. Ridgegourd peels?? Wowww..that's very different from anything I have ever seen!

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  52. I looooveeee this pachchdi .... like seriously love it ....when I was in kerala thats all I ate !! My mom doesnt make it very good though but hers also chalega :P

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  53. Chalega???!!!! Someone call J's mom :D :D :D

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  54. i thought pachadi was chutney. even in telugu

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  55. ooohhh and i ate that ridgeguard/ ridgeguard peel pachadi! super dooper yumm!! called beerakai pachadi!:D i want nowww!!!

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  56. i wrote guard. i was very ashamed. but then, its your blog!:P

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  57. I no say/see/sawww anything :D :D :D

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