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Vellarikka(Cucumber) Kichadi

Posted by Annita on November 23, 2006

Kichadi/Pachadi which is served in Sadyas,can be prepared with different vegetables.This dish is commonly known as Pachadi,but towards south Kerala this is called Kichadi.I still confuse about the terms Pachadi and Kichadi,but i’ve heard that in Pachadi, pounded mustard seeds are added along with coconut,while in Kichadi mustard seeds are used just for seasoning.If you have any other explanations,pls come forward and share..



Anyway here’s the recipe …


Cucumber peeled,deseeded and cut into small dices – 2 cups
Green chillies slit – 3
Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
Beaten curd – 1 and 1/2 cups
Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Red Chillies – 2
Curry leaves – a sprig
Coconut oil – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste


Add salt,green chillies and very little water(about 1- 2tsp) to the cucumber pieces.Cover it and cook in medium heat till the mixture is dry .Grind together grated coconut and cumin seeds, and add this ground mixture to the cucumber.Add beaten curd and mix well.
Heat coconut oil in a pan,allow mustard seeds to splutter.Add red chillies and curry leaves and fry for a while.Pour the seasoning over the kichadi.Mix well and serve with rice.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

11 Responses to “Vellarikka(Cucumber) Kichadi”

  1. sarah said

    happy thanksgiving Annita..oh BTW..the praline gateau looks super@

    Thanks a lot,Sarah..Happy Thanksgiving!!


  2. Susan said

    thanksgiving pachakkariyo……………….. Good old recipe.tasty tooo.HAPPY THANKSGIVING

    Ee praavashyam Thanksgiving full pachakkariyayi poyi,Susan..
    Happy Thanksgiving to u too..

  3. Mina said

    Annita, a must try indeed, love your blog. reminds me of the dishes back home :)

    Thanks Mina

  4. paati said

    Your vellarika kichidi looks good:) To me pachadi is dish with yogurt & kichadi is something like upma? ( hey dont laugh if i am wrong! anyway this is what pachadi & kichadi means to a tamilian!;))and happy thanksgiving:)

    No..Paati..I didn’t laugh..:)
    I too have heard about ur version of Kichadi…

  5. Vani said

    And we call it raitha! :)
    It looks really good, Annita!

    Thanks Vani

  6. supriya said

    very homely dish annita:) and ur cakes looks so yummy… its inspiring me to join baking classes:)
    happy thanks giving to u too:)

    I too have started cake decorating classes,Supriya…Thanks for visiting my blog

  7. Asha said

    Great looking refreshing dish,Annita:))
    Thank for the recipe.

    Thanks again,Asha

  8. giniann said

    Where did you get that vellarikka? I used to love a salad my mother used to make with this. I don’t think I have seen one of those in many years.

    I got it from an indian grocery store nearby.They don’t carry it usually,i found it for the first time..


  9. I think, Pachadi as the name suggests, is a mere salad which will not require any cooking. Kichadi needs a l’l bit of cooking… am I right?

    This sounds better Jaison,Thanks..

  10. Donna said

    hey anitha! I couldnt find the pic of a vellarikkay anywhere on the web except in yur blog. I have prepared a variation of the kichadi u have done!

    Great cooking blog!

  11. Subaina said

    Hi Anitha,
    The kichadi looks yummy :-) I have a question though. Can we use the regular English cucumbers that we get in stores here?

    Yeah..Kichadi can be prepared with regular cucumbers also..

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