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Monday, May 3, 2021

Cilantro Pachadi / Raita


Cilantro pachadi aka raita is made with cilantro, coconut, and yogurt, spiced with cumin and Thai green chili. 


Cilantro or kothmalli (in Tamil) in one herb that is extensively used in Indian cuisine. It just brightens up any dish and adds tons of flavors. The aroma that cilantro imparts is amazing. It need not be used as just garnish, but finds itself in sauces, chutneys, and rice too! n spring, the cilantro yield will be very good and every year I try to sow and grow them. They are easy to grow. 


This cilantro pachadi can be made very quickly. In just five minutes, this will be ready. This is a perfect accompaniment to any rice or parathas. It is often made in our home and we do make it for festive occasions too. It goes perfectly with festive thali platters. The aroma and flavor from cilantro and yogurt perfectly spiced with green chili pepper is the choice for festive meals. This is one raita that I love from my childhood. My mom makes this for me quite often. 

Also, this can be chilled and served as summer soup too. When you are serving as soup, the following quantity may serve one whereas as a condiment for an Indian food platter, would serve four. Also. increase the Thai pepper as per the spice requirements.



In Srivalli's Blogging Marathon this month's, one of the theme is 'Condiments that form a part of our Thali'. This is my first post for the event. We post for three days per week.


I am also linking this to Souper Sundays by Deb of Kahakai Kitchen. Check her page if you would like to participate by sharing your soups, salads, and sandwiches.





Ingredients
Serves 4

To grind

Cilantro- 1/4 cup, medium packed
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1/4tsp
Curd - 2/3 cup
Cumin - 1/3 tsp

Tempering

Oil - 1 tsp
Red chilli - 1
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaf
Asafetida- 1/8 tsp

Method

Add all the ingredients under 'to grind' and grind to a coarse paste. Alternatively a spoon of yogurt can also be added to aid grinding. Add the ground mixture to a bowl. Add salt and yogurt. Mix everything.


Heat oil in a pan, add the red chili, and mustard seeds. When it splutters add curry leaf and asafetida. Pour it into the raita. Mix and serve.


Serve with rice, or parathas, or as a chilled soup.



23 comments:

  1. Raita is a family favorite and we even have it as a snack! This one sounds so good and I will be making this soon.

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    1. Raita is favorite for us too. Thanks, Padmajha!

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  2. Wow I love the idea of cilantro pachdi. Absolutely lipsmacking delicious I will definitely be th wine finishing it all. :D .

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    1. Yes, it is lip-smacking delicious!. Thanks, Archana!

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  3. Very interesting raita..I have never used coconut in raitas..let me try it tomorrow itself.

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    1. Coconut based raitas are common in our home. Thanks for stopping by Vaishali!

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  4. Never tried coconut in raita. Must be super delicious. Just tempted to try it....may be tomorrow, if I could get coconut

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    1. You will love it Ritu. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Oh wow! This is such a delicious raita especially for cilantro lovers like me. I make spinach raita but never thought of making this. I will be making this soon.

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    1. I love cilantro in everything. Please let me know your feedback after trying. Thanks, Sandhya!

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  6. I haven’t come across pachadi with cilantro alone, love this dish!

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  7. I love raita and cilantro and love the idea of enjoying it as a cold soup in the summer. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week

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  8. The spices in your raita sounds wonderful and look delicious. Raita is one of my favorites

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  9. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet ToothMay 15, 2021 at 6:28 AM

    I love anything to do with cilantro and I am sure going to love this simple yet flavoful and aromatic pachadi...

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    1. You will love it Rafeeda. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I love raitas and this was really good. It is so easy to prepare and flavorful. Now I have one more variety in my list of raita recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Wow. I love cilantro and this looks so good and delicious.

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  12. I have never come across cilantro raita. This must be loaded with flavors and makes a great side dish.

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