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 biryani, aloo paratha, pulao. Both yogurt and cucumber are body coolants and helps balance the heat from spicy foods.
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.
Take fresh thick yogurt in a mixing bowl.
Whisk it very well with a handheld whisk or spoon.
To that add grated cucumber and few torn mint leaves.
Add salt to taste, 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder and 1/2 teaspoon chaat masala powder. Also add 1/2 teaspoon roasted ground cumin.
Mix vert well. Serve cucumber raita immediately.
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.
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.
Add this tadka along with oil to the prepared yogurt mixture.
Mix very well. Vellarikka pachadi is ready to serve.
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