Pumpkin Pachadi/Pumpkin raitha

imageThis is one of N’s favorite raitha/pachadis. When we go to Guruvayoor, this kind of pachadi is served at the restaurants there and I make it at home also to go with bise bela bhath or molagootal. It is very simple to make, but very tasty.

Ingredients:

White pumpkin/ash gourd/ winter melon- 1 slice(atleast the size of a medium apple).
mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
coconut- 1/4 cup
Fresh yogurt- 1/2 cup
Green chili-1
Salt- to taste.

To temper:
Oil- 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1/3 tsp
Urad dal- 1/2 tsp
Red chili(dry)-1
Curry leaves-few
Asafoetida- a pinch

Method:

Grate the white pumpkin and squeeze out the water. Blend green chilies, mustard seeds and coconut to a thick paste using yogurt instead of water. Add this paste to the grated white pumpkin, add salt to taste.

In a kadai, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add urad dal, curry leaves, dry chili and asafoetida. Switch off. Pour this over the grated pumpkin and yogurt paste. Thats it! It is ready to be served! You can even do the same with cucumbers or dosaikai.

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