July 31, 2013

Cucumber Sweet & Sour Pachchadi

As I was browsing through my food pictures to see what I want to post today, I came across this one from a couple of years back. Now that we are also getting a lot of cucumbers from the CSA work-share I am doing this summer, its time to revisit this easy recipe. This recipe is adapted from the book Cooking with Pedatha - A cookbook of vegetarian recipes from Andhra. 

Ingredients: Cucumber - 2 medium - chopped; Tamarind paste - 2 tbsp; Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp; Sambhar powder - 1 tsp; Sesame seeds - 1 tsp; Jaggery - 1 tbsp; Curry leaves & Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp; Green Chili - 1 diced;  mustard seeds & cumin & lentils - 1/2 tsp
  • In a pot, add olive oil and once hot, temper the mustard & cumin seeds, lentils, green chili , curry leaves and saute till translucent
  • Dry roast the sesame seeds and blend into a coarse powder
  • Add the chopped cucumber, tamarind paste, sambhar powder, sesame seeds, jaggery and turmeric. 
  • Add salt, adjust seasoning. Let it cook for about 5 minutes
  • Garnish with cilantro & serve!
I am also sending this dish to ONLY Cookbooks Event hosted by Runner Girl in the Kitchen and started by Pari
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