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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Keera - Nuvvula Pachadi

Recipe Source: Prabha Gandlur

I can't shy away from posting a 'pachadi' (chutney / pickle) recipe while posting Andhra specials. J Can I ? And so here we go with a  quick cucumber - sesame seeds chutney today. The combination of cucumbers and sesame seeds in chutney may sound preposterous to some. Or to many, it may seem like a combo that never works. I must mention that I was in the second category until I tasted this and had to change my mind.
I got hold of this recipe while casually chatting online with a family member. With BM in mind, I had asked her for some simple, Andhra recipes though I hadn't expected that she would surprise me with such an interesting recipe. This chutney is a simple and quick one besides being unusual. The original recipe needs only five ingredients but I tweaked the recipe a little bit by adding the sweetener and a flavorful tadka of hing. Everyone at home admired it and so here I am sharing this yummy chutney recipe. J

1 cup very finely chopped cucumber
1/4 sesame seeds
10 - 12 red chillies
Small ball of tamarind soaked in water and juice extracted
Jaggery to taste
Salt to taste
For tadka: 1 tsp oil, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp uraddal (split blackgram), few curry leaves and a little asafoetida

* Toast sesame seeds and red chillies together on low flame and let cool.
* Heat oil and add the tadka ingredients. When urad dal starts turning reddish, turn off the stove.
* Dry grind the sesame seeds, red chillies, jaggery and salt together finely. Then add the tamarind juice (about 2 -3 Tbsp or to taste) and run the blender again to mix. There is no need to add water even if the mixture appears not well combined or seems very dry. The moisture from the cucumbers is enough to bind. In fact, the paste turns liquidy after combining with cucumbers. Combine this ground paste and the tadka to the finely chopped cucumbers and mix well. Leave aside for 5 - 10 minutes.
* Serve with hot steamed rice and ghee.

Check here for other version of keera / cucumber pachadi.

Now let's check what the other marathoners are cooking today, during this Blogging Marathon #6.



Divya Vikram said...

Pachadi looks pretty and delicious :)

harini-jaya said...

Good one! Andhra lo nuvvula vaadakam chala untundhi..I heard they tend to add sesame seeds to every dish making it nutritious and 'multi-dimensional', if you will :)

Pavani said...

Wow.. that definitely is an interesting combination of ingredients. Love the addition of nuvvulu. Will give it a try.

DD said...

yummy!!!! i love it!!looks delicious!!

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vaishali sabnani said...

this is quick.n different....will try today itself:)

SouthIndianHome said...

Delicious and yummy pachadi
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PJ said...

Never tried this. Bookmarked it. Thanks for sharing

Vardhini said...

Different one and looks yummy. Like the bowl you have served it in.

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Mélange said...

Wow..the pachadi looks absolutely delicious and creamy.

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

so interesting and pachadi looks delicious !!

Usha said...

One of my aunt prepared this pachadi and am sure it tasted awesome! I don;t know how she prepared it but this sounds a lot similar to what see makes. Yummy!

I have a cucumber in my fridge and will try it very soon.

Now Serving said...

this is a new and yummy way of making pachadi for me - bought some kheeras - will try this out too

Aarthi said...

looking colourful

Sharmilee! :) said...

Very interesting sidedish

jayasree said...

Interesting pachadi...Good way to include cucumber in diet.

Sarah said...

This looks so good! love the pics as well!

Jayashree said...

Delicious looking pachadi.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Absolutely not, pachhadis are famous in Andhra and this looks delicious and mouth watering.

Srivalli said...

For all the pachadis we make at home I am surprised we have never made this combo..:) will surely save some the next time I get this veggie..thanks for sharing..

rekhas kitchen said...

Looks like dosakaya mukkala pachadi moutwatering.

Degchi said...

Nice sweet and sour chutney.
Cucumber and sesame seeds combo works I add sesame seeds for tempering of the khamang kakdi-Marathi version of cucumber pachdi.