Sunday, May 31, 2009

Carrot & Cucumber Raita(Pachidi)

Know what you Eat - Carrots are very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate and Manganese. They are rich in carotenoids, lessens the chance of cardiovascular problems. The bad part is sugar, so if you have to watch out your carbohydrates & Sugar content in the diet, don't over indulge in carrots. Cucumber is a fruit which is widely used as vegetable in cooking. The silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue, which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone. Cucumber juice is often recommended as a source of silica to improve the complexion and health of the skin, plus cucumber's high water content makes it naturally hydrating—a must for glowing skin.

Cooking Time - 2 mins
Preparation Time - 10 mins
Serves - 4

Carrot - 1 (1 medium sized one)
Cucumber - 1 (1 medium sized one)
Yogurt - 2 1/2 cups
Salt to taste


Oil - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Green chilli -1 or to taste
Curry leaves - 1 tbsp

1) Grate cucumber and leave it aside and meanwhile grate the carrot, after a while you will see lot of water oozing out, just squeeze out the grated cucumber (don't discard the juice, you can drink it as it is or add little bit of butter milk, salt and pepper and gulp it down and you will see how soothing it will be, in my house i make salad every day and so i get to taste lot of different kinds of these juices, cucumber, celery, radish to name a few) and transfer it to a bowl and add the grated carrot also.
2) Add the yogurt and salt to the grated carrot and cucumber.
3) Heat oil and then add cumin seeds, once they stop spluttering add asafoetida, green chilli and curry leaves and transfer it to the raita.


Priya said...

Colourful and delicious pachadi..

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! nice one

Parita said...

Delicious it

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