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Cucumber Raita- Vellarikka Pachadi

Cucumber raita recipe is an easy Indian yogurt sauce or dip with fresh yogurt, cucumbers, some herbs and spices. It is served as dip along with foods like biryanialoo parathapulao. Both yogurt and cucumber are body coolants and helps balance the heat from spicy foods.
Prep Time15 mins
Course: condiment
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Cucumber raita, vellarikka pachadi
Servings: 3
Calories: 111kcal
Author: Harini


For Cucumber raita for pulao, paratha

  • 1 long cucumber 3/4 cup grated, packed
  • 1.5 cups yogurt thick, fresh, whisked
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 mint leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon chat masala powder

For south Indian vellarikka pachadi

  • 1 long cucumber 3/4 cup grated
  • 1.5 cups yogurt thick and fresh
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon urad dal
  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1 green chilli
  • salt to taste


Cucumber raita recipe

  • Rinse and wipe off excess moisture from a long cucumber.Peel the skin off using a peeler or paring knife. Grate it using a handheld or box grater. Set aside.
    peeled cucumber for raita
  • Take fresh thick yogurt in a mixing bowl.
    fresh homemade yogurt
  • Whisk it very well with a handheld whisk or spoon.
    whisked yogurt for raita
  • To that add grated cucumber and few torn mint leaves.
    grated cucumber and mint leaves added to whisked curd
  • Add salt to taste, 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder and 1/2 teaspoon chaat masala powder. Also add 1/2 teaspoon roasted ground cumin.
    spice powders and salt added for making cucumber raita
  • Mix vert well. Serve cucumber raita immediately.
    cucumber raita ready to serve

Vellarikka Pachadi

  • Rinse, peel and finely chop a vellarika or cucumber. Whisk 1 cup thick yogurt very well in a mixing bowl. Add the chopped cucumber and salt to taste. Mix well.
    making south Indian vellarikka pachadi
  • Heat a small pan with two teaspoons oil. You can use sesame oil for good flavor and also it is cooling to the body. Add 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1/2 teaspoon urad dal, 1 slit green chilli and few curry leaves. Fry for a minute. You can add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds too if you like.
    tadka for raita
  • Add this tadka along with oil to the prepared yogurt mixture.
    vellarikka pachadi recipe
  • Mix very well. Vellarikka pachadi is ready to serve.
    vellarikka pachadi


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 309IU | Vitamin C: 56mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 1mg