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Friday, July 23, 2010

Authentic Andhra: Vankaya - Kothimira Pachadi / Eggplant - Cilantro Chutney

Today's recipe is one more traditional pachadi recipe from Andhra. The favorite eggplants are paired with flavorful cilantro leaves and coarsely ground with toasted spices and chillies in this delicious side dish.
Certain Andhra style pachadis taste good when ground in a traditional stone grinder. This particular pachadi falls under the same style and my mother used my mini mortar and pestle to prepare this. Vankaya kothimira pachadi tastes good with some hot, steamed rice and ghee.

12 eggplants (I used the round, green colored variety)
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
40 chillies (I used tiny, Thai chilies that were mild. If using hot variety, change the quantity)
1/2 cup tamarind puree or according to taste
Salt to taste
For tadka:  2 Tbsp oil, 1 tbsp uraddal, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds, a pinch of turmeric powder and asafoetida to taste

1.Wash, trim the stalks of eggplants and thinly slice them lengthwise.
2. Heat oil in a small sauté pan and add urad dal and mustard seeds. When urad dal starts to brown, add fenugreek seeds, turmeric powder and asafoetida. Sauté for a few seconds and add the chilies and eggplants. On low heat, cook covered till the eggplants turn tender.
3. Cool the mixture. Add enough salt, tamarind and grind into a coarser paste. At final stages of grinding, add cilantro and grind such that tiny bits of cilantro are visible.

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Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Such a mouthwatering recipe. Looks great. Nice picture.... YUM!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I love it Suma, mom makes it so well :)

Priya said...

Droolworthy chutney, looks fantastic..

Satya said...

hi suma ,
vankaya kothimira pachadi looks awesome ...its one of my favorite pachadi n u ur's looks soooo tempting ...i love have it with rice..yum yum


Nitha said...

Looks delicious..

Prathibha said...

ALl I need is some piping hot rice n ghee...looks yummy

Kairali sisters said...

Eggplants are one veggie taht we all say NO to..Chutney looks droolworthy Suma..Def going to make tis today...

Kairali sisters

Chitra said...

Looks mouthwatering,will try this once :)

PranisKitchen said...

wow thats a grt combination .. sure will be tasty yummy chutney

Srimathi said...

I love this thogayal. I had my mouth watering looking at it. wondering where I would find green egg plant here.

simply.food said...

I was taken back at the number of chillies in this dish. Nice recipe.

Sharmi said...

Hey Suma, Yummy Pachadi!! Have to try this next time. In andhra cuisine a meal is not complete without pachadi and vadiyalu.