Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Vellarikka ellu pachadi | Cucumber with sesame seeds

We get this small cucumbers for every summer in India. My mother in law does a lot and refrigerate the chopped cucumbers (with temper) and the paste separately.  When in need we mix and eat. This taste totally different from usual raithas. Give a try you will really like it.

  • Small cucumber - 4 or English cucumber - 2
  • Tamarind - small lemon size ball
  • Salt - to taste

To roast and grind:
  • Sesame seeds - 2 tbsp
  • Urad dal - 3 tbsp
  • Red chilly - 2
  • Hing - a pinch

To temper:
  • Oil - 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard - 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 4


Soak the tamarind and extract 1/4 cup of  juice and discard the pulp. Wash and chop the cucumbers finely. Do not remove the skin. Add salt and refrigerate it. Heat a small pan and dry roast the sesame seeds.
Heat the same pan with 1/2 tsp of oil and roast urad dal, red chillies and hing till the dal turns golden brown. After it cools add in the blender and grind to a fine powder. Add the tamarind juice little by little in the blender and grind to a smooth paste.
If it is too dry or thick add little water to the paste. Heat a small  pan with a tsp of oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. After the mustard seeds splutters transfer to the chopped cucumber. Combine the ground paste and cucumber. Adjust  the salt.
Serve with rice or roti.


Mahi said...

This is a unique recipe with cucumber! Looks yum!

Recipe world said...

Nice recipe dear..wish you happy Ugadi :)


Sangeetha Nambi said...

That's an interesting recipe...

Latha Madhusudhan said...

Happy Ugadi.

Such a lovely flavorful pachadi.

Vimitha Anand said...

Flavorful pachadi
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divya said...

looks so delectable!

Hema said...

Very different pachadi, I think I have tasted something like this..

Priya Suresh said...

Wow, such an interesting pachadi, seriously love the addition of sesame seeds here.

Suja Manoj said...

The roasted pate idea is good,new to me,will try this.

Sona S said...

Delicious and flavorful pachadi..

Sapana Behl said...

Looks tempeting! never heard about it.

Julie said...

new curry to me,Anu...looks delicious!!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

New recipe..very nice

Carole said...

Anu, this looks so fresh and inviting. I have never seen cucumber used like that before. Cheers

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