Cucumber Pachadi ( Vallarika Pachadi Vishu/Tamil Newyear Recipe )

Cucumber Pachadi / Vallarika Pachadi as it is also called, is the South Indian version, more precisely the Kerala way of making a very delicious dip/Raita of the North Indian states.
Pachadi is an unfailing dish that has to be made preferably four kinds or more for the Sadya during Onam, Vishu. Having a Palakkad mom meant that we were treated to such exotic , but simple delicacies from Kerala frequently, it is no wonder that we celebrate both Vishu and Tamil New Year which both fall on the same day with equal gusto and fervor.


1 cup finely chopped cucumbers
2 green chillis
sprigs of curry leaves.
1 cup whisked yogurt.
salt to taste.

To grind:

1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds/menthiyam/methi
1 /2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp finely minced ginger
 green chillis.
1/4 cup yogurt 

For tempering:

1 tsp mustard seeds
1 red chilli
2 tsp coconut oil.


First cook the chopped cucumbers with little salt and just enough water to cook them  a vessel.
Meanwhile grind ingredients given under the  heading . Keep it aside.
When the cucumbers are cooked till just soft and not over cooked, add the ground paste to the cucumbers and add  fresh yogurt as given in the list of ingredients.
In a small pan , add the coconut opil, splutter the mustard seeds, let the red chilli become crisp, add m ore curry leaves and pour this seasoning over ht epachadi.
Delicious Cucumber pachadi is ready to be served. 
Keep chilled till serving time.


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