Sunday, April 10, 2011

Vendakka/okra Kichadi and Mambazham/Mango Pachadi

Vendakka kichadi

As the festival Vishu is fast approaching, here are two easy dishes that can easily fit into your sadhya menu: Kichadi and pachadi. Both these dishes have regional variations like any other sadhya curries. Here is how we make em' both in our home.These are yogurt based curries and the main differences are 1) pachadi is more like a sweeter version of kichadi, and are  generally made with fruits (like pineapple, grapes, mango etc) 2) In kichadi crushed mustard seeds are added at the end where as in pachadi mustard seeds are used only for tempering.

VENDAKKA/OKRA KICHADI

Vendakka/Okra ¼ kg, cut to thin rounds
Grated coconut ½ cup
Cumin seeds ¼ tsp
Green chilly 2 nos
Mustard seeds ¼ tsp + ½ tsp
Curd/yogurt 1 cup, beaten
Dry red chilly 2 nos
Salt as needed
Coconut oil 1 tsp + more for frying
Curry leaves

Preparation

Wash and pat dry the Vendakka/okra. Cut them into thin rounds and deep fry the same until brown. Drain excess oil and set aside.

Grind together, grated coconut, green chilly and cumin seeds into a fine paste with little water added. Mix this paste with curd/ yogurt and set aside.

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and splutter ½ tsp mustard seeds followed by adding dry red chilly and curry leaves. Reduce flame to low and add the yogurt-coconut mixture. Mix well to combine and adjust salt. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the ¼ tsp mustard seeds and add to the pan. Mix well and add the fried Vendakka/okra. Switch off flame and enjoy with rice.

Vendakka kichadi and Mambazham pachadi

MAMBAZHAM/MANGO PACHADI

Ripe mango 1 no, peeled and cut to chunks
Jaggery a small piece
Grated coconut ¼ cup
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Cumin powder ¼ tsp (alternately you can use ¼ tsp cumin seeds too)
Yogurt 2 TBSP
Salt as needed
Coconut oil 1 tsp
Mustard seeds ¼ tsp
Dry red chilly 2 nos
Curry leaves

Preparation

In a pan add the cut mango along with turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder, jaggery and salt. Add ½ cup water and cook till the mango pieces are mashed well and almost 90% of the water is evaporated. Meanwhile grind together grated coconut and yogurt and cumin seeds, if you are using the same instead of cumin powder into a smooth paste. Add this to the pan and adjust salt. MIX WELL and switch off flame.

In another pan, heat 1 tsp oil and splutter mustard seeds and dry red chilly. Switch off flame and add curry leaves, pour over the pachadi. Serve hot with rice..

Mambazham pachadi

Cheers!!!
Suji

38 comments :

  1. Looks utterly delicious. I have never tried cooking with coconut oil .... want to give it a try after seeing this dish :)

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  2. Both the recipes rock so does your pictures- a visual treat indeed :)
    US Masala

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  3. Lovely dishes. Looks so yummy !!Awesome pictures.

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  4. Both looks lovely dear,delicious pachadi,mambazham pachadi vishuvinu undakanam ennuvicharikkuva,ur version looks superb.

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  5. Slurp,mouthwatering here...fantastic both dishes...

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  6. Superb recipes....Nice pics...Vishuvinnu undakkam ennu plan cheyytu irrikkuga annu....

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  7. as always awesome clicks..the pachadi looks perfect...

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  8. ente fav annu...pachadi looks awesome!nice clik!

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  9. Kichadi n pachadi..randum adipoli..
    Nice clicks..!!

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  10. Superb combo meal! Kichadi and pachadi are awesome and scrumptious!

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  11. both pachadi's looks delicious dear :)
    Nice clicks !!!!

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  12. omg............thats soooo temptg.if i get food like dis .............i can obs lent 365 days

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  13. Wow, great recipe..would love to try this sometime thanks for sharing!

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  14. Both dishes looks mouthwatering,simply irresistible..

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  15. Yum ...n looks mouthwatering ....nice pics

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  16. Both kichadi and pachadi looks awesome. I love both of them.

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  17. Both are new for me Suji but heart goes for the mango one :)

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  18. Both the dishes looks delicious !!!

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  19. So all set for Vishu, alle? aa mapazha pachadi kandittu enikku kothi sahikkunnilla ketto..

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  20. wow...what a delicious pachadi...loved it ! I would love to share an awrad galore with u...plz visit my space and accept it !

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  21. Never tried mango pachdi with ripe mangoes,sounds so yumm! Bhedi raita is always my favorite!

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  22. Wow adipoli... I love okra... :)

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  23. mmmm...full vishu set up aya mattundallo suji..Ippo lots of time too alle...
    Adipoli kto!!

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  24. Looks yummy, kandale ariyam nalla adipoli ruchi ayrikum enne...

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  25. we make this all the time.. n love it.. definite in sadhya.

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  26. Pachadiem kichadiem kandittu kodi avvaanu

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  27. wow....super aayittundu...vishu vinu eppazhe undakki thudagiyo??...

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  28. Kichadi and Pachadi has always been a confusion for me.. epo u clerared it :-) both looks kidilam!!!

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  29. Randum adipoli aayittundu, Shyama..Ente fav annu pachadiyum kichadiyum. Really tempting clicks! Presentationum adipoli!

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  30. woww.. kidu photos... bt d way, i dnt knw d difference between kichadi n pachadi.. happy vishu in advance dear :)

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  31. hey suji,
    Happy vishu to all of you in advance :)
    love dishes, love the okra pachadi. The mango recipe is new to me. Thanks for sharing the recipe with such awesome snaps :)
    Tc

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  32. Looks very yummy and the photos make me want to reach in and eat!!

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  33. Vendakka kichdi is my favorite...loved your presentation...happy vishu to you and family.

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