Saturday, 7 March 2009

Beetroot pachadi

Kerala style Beetroot pachadi Recipe

SWEET BEETROOT PACHADI
Beetroots are colorful so do their pachadi!
Beetroot pachadi is made with cooked beetroot & plain yogurt and has a bit sweet taste . It is made for sadyas ( rice and several vegetable curries and desserts are served in a Banana Leaf) at Onam times and also for marriages. I miss the good old traditional sadyas now . Its getting rare these days, most of the people don't want to take the pain of cooking so many dishes at once. So many are switching to fried rice and Biriyanis. The joy of eating so many vegetable dishes & that also different types of payasam ( desserts) at the end with bananas n all...its unbeatable. If you are totally unaware about Sadya you can read it in the Wiki,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadhya

Now I am coming back to my sweet pachadi recipe. Some people also adds jaggery ( a sweet ingredient) , but I have omitted it because my beetroot was already sweet..so now enjoy the recipe!

Things needed :
Beetroot - 1 big
Grated coconut - 1/2 coconut
Cumin powder or jeera - 1/4 tsp
Green chilly - 1
Garlic or veluthully - 1 small pod
Beaten Yoghurt - 1 cup

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves a spring
Oil

Preparation method :

Cut the beetroot into small pieces.Avoid the hard root end.
Cook the beetroot adding small quantity of water. Don't add too much of water , after it is cooked almost all water should be absorbed.
Grind the cooked pieces into a smooth paste.

Grind well coconut,cumin ,green chilly & garlic & make a paste .
Add this into the beetroot puree add little quantity of water, say 1/4 cup if needed . Add salt . Heat the mixture well .No need to boil for long time.
Let it cool for a while . Add yogurt .Check for salt.Beetroot pachadi is ready , now its Time to season it.

Heat 2 sp oil in another small pan , add mustard seeds , let it splutter . Add curry leaves n fry.
Add this seasoning into the beetroot pachadi.

Serve it with rice.

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