Vegetarian Concoctions

March 15, 2007

Pudina pacchadi(Raita)

Filed under: Curd/Yogurt, Mint leaves, Salads and Raita, South Indian — Hema @ 2:02 pm

Simplicity is a virtue. Be it a human’s character or a food’s preparation. Exotic is good and fun for a change, but definitely not for keeps. A man could be a great fan of Aishwarya Rai, but isn’t the simple girl next door his true love?(unless, of course, the man happens to be Abhishek B πŸ˜€ ) Likewise, eating out is fun. But, is not simple dal-chawal or thair samdam (curd rice) the ultimate comfort food?

A simple yet elegent companion for your favourite rice treat. That is the way I would like to introduce this pachaddi. No hard work, minimal cooking time, but unequalled satisfaction to the tongue. Looking to make a quick side dish to go with your meal? This is it! So friends, keep it simple, keep it sweet and before I start sounding too much like Sandra Lee and you think I am making something semi-homemade, here goes:


Mint leaves – a bunch

Curd – 3 cups

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Udad dal – 1 tsp

Hing – a pinch

Oil – 1 tsp

Salt – to taste

Chop up the mint leaves coarsely. Heat up some oil and add the mustard seeds. Once they splutter add the udad dal and hing. After the dal browns up, add the mint leaves and cook for a minute. Add the curd and salt after it cools down. Now, simply serve it with rice or paratha.



  1. hi Hema,
    thanks for dropping by!
    nice and simple raita. I love mint and my hubby hates it.Hmph… what to do. If I buy I have to make it for myself. But want to try this one.


    Comment by Sharmi — March 15, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

  2. Hi Hema,

    Thanks for visiting myblog.You got wonderful collection of recipes here… Pudina pacchadi looks new and good.

    Comment by usha — March 15, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

  3. Hi Hema πŸ™‚ I love mint in any form !The smell itself is enough for me . I will deft’ly try this one. And hey, u can put some cheese on my bruschetta recipe and place it in the oven till it melts. It will taste good .Hope u try.


    Comment by Mishmash! — March 15, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

  4. Hi Hema,

    This mint raita looks yummylicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe πŸ™‚

    Comment by Sangeeta — March 15, 2007 @ 6:08 pm

  5. I have a bunch in there, so this is where they go tomorrow
    Thanks because its the simple recipes which we use most

    Comment by Sandeepa — March 15, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

  6. Hi Hema! Liked the pachadi! I had blogged a mint raita too, check it out. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Jyothsna — March 15, 2007 @ 11:57 pm

  7. This one is new and different πŸ™‚ The recipe is easy . Pudina is so cooling,smell so good πŸ™‚ Must try this :)This pachadi I can eat it just like that πŸ™‚

    Comment by archana — March 16, 2007 @ 4:11 am

  8. Hi sis,cool Pachadi , literally!:))I love it too,the only thing I am getting these days from my garden is Mint!I will try this.Thanks.
    Have a great weekend, hugs.

    Comment by asha — March 16, 2007 @ 9:05 am

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    Comment by Laxmi — March 16, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

  10. Hi Hema,
    Mint pachadi looks nice. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Menu Today — March 17, 2007 @ 12:43 am

  11. So quick and easy! And it looks lovely. Thanks for another fantastic recipe, Hema πŸ™‚

    Comment by outofthegarden — March 17, 2007 @ 9:45 am

  12. Hi Hema,
    Nice and cool.Mint in the side looks great with the curds.hmm loveit

    Comment by soumya — March 17, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

  13. Simple and Neat recipe Hema.

    Comment by prema — March 19, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

  14. thats a cool pachadi

    Comment by just for fun — March 19, 2007 @ 7:30 pm

  15. Bliss!!!!!!! Absolutely bliss!!!!

    Comment by Coffee — March 19, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

  16. Slurrrp SLurrrrppp


    Comment by saapatu_raman — March 20, 2007 @ 3:33 am

  17. I love this raita cool and refreshing …loved the beautiful pictures of mint


    Comment by Sushma — March 21, 2007 @ 12:37 am

  18. Good one ..

    Comment by swapna — March 21, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

  19. Dear Hema, Thanks for the simple sweet and utterly delicious recipe. One more raitha and something which is made quicky! And you are right – the simple girl next door is the favourite of all! Enjoyed visiting your site.

    Comment by Pritya — March 22, 2007 @ 12:20 am

  20. I tried this recipe and it’s perfect. I never knew what the missing ingredients were in raita!

    Comment by Bernadine & Lolly — May 3, 2007 @ 10:27 am

  21. mint is very healthy indeed.

    Comment by Ashish — July 12, 2007 @ 3:12 am

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