Vellarika Pachadi is a common dish prepared in Kerala during any festival season. It is an inseparable part of Onam celebration too. It is a pure vegetarian dish which has lot of health benefits attached to it. Moreover the dish is very simple and easy to make with minimal ingredients. Preparing this dish helps to add to the number of your side dishes during this festive occasion. It is also a good choice to be tried out during busy occasions as well. Let us look into the details of making this yummy dish.
Ingredients for Vellarika Pachadi
Vellarika (Cucumber) - 1 No (medium Size)
Green chilly - 3 Nos
Grated coconut - 1/4 Cup
Cumin Powder - 1/2 Tsp
Curd - 1 cup (preferably with a high sour taste)
Salt - To Taste
Mustard seeds - 1/4 Tsp
Curry leaves - 2 Sprigs
Dried Red Chilly - 2 Nos
Coconut Oil - 1 Tblsp
Water : 1/4 Cup
Method of Preparation
Velalrika Pachadi is a must try and it will be definitely liked by the children in the house. You may also make Pavakka (Bitter Gourd) pachadi, Pineapple pachadi etc in the same way. One thing to be noted is that, for Pineapple pachadi you may add little turmeric powder to enhance the color of the dish. In the case of Pavakka pachadi, you may first cook the pavakka pieces and then drain off the water to get rid off its high bitter taste. The peculiarity of these three types of pachadis is that all these taste different because of the varied taste of the vegetables or the fruit used in it. Hence you can make all the three for you lunch on Onam day.