Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Okra pachiri/raita

This is one of my favourite pachiri/raita recipes. Actually there's hardly enough to the process to call it a proper recipe, but there isnt a better word!

Basically, fry a couple of handfuls of thin-sliced okra in oil, till crisp and browny-green. Mix with seasoning and fresh thick yogurt as an accompaniment to any pulao or spicy rice dish. There, that's it. BUT, because this is a food blog and more importantly, because I took photos, I have to use 'em. So here they are.

PS. Dont mix the crisp okra with the yogurt till required, or they will become soggy.

Recipe for:
Okra pachiri/raita


One cup fresh okra, sliced into 1/2cm rounds
1 cup fresh thick yogurt whisked with 2-3 tbsp water (I used Greek yogurt)
1 tsp any podi (molagapodi/paruppupodi) OR 1/4 tsp garam masala OR 1/4 tsp sambar powder
A pinch or two of freshly ground black peppercorns
Salt to taste
1 tsp chopped coriander leaves for garnish


1. Deep fry the okra in a smal pan till browny-green and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper.

2. Whisk the podi/masala with the yogurt, add salt to taste.

3. Just before serving, mix the fried okra with the yogurt, sprinkle with the coriander leaves. Serve at once as an accompaniment for biryani or pulao or any spicy rice dish.


Krithika said...

I love this pachidi. I usually season this with mustard seeds and chopped green chilli. To tell you the truth my husband will eat half the fried Okras before I add it to yogurt.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

GourmayMasala said...

I love this pachadi too! Any form of okra is welcome on my plate. Fried ones especially are always welcome :)

Mika said...

I love this raita too. I even like adding fried okra to mor kuzhambu.

Radha said...

Who needs yoghurt? I vote with Krithika's husband - I'll happily eat the spiced, fried okra just by itself :P

Anonymous said...

Okra and yogurt?? thats a great combo. thanks for sharing.

BDSN said...

Okra and yogurt is a wonderful combo!!!My mom fries them for okra raitha and for Mor Kolambu ans Mika said...It's long since i did this...Now since u reminded me I have to do it...Thanks for reminder!!

Vaishali said...

Raita with okra? Never heard of it. (Don't you think, it's kinda becoming a routine comment by me on all your okra posts?) Anyway, I must try it out.