July 09, 2007

Nethi Beerakaya Pachadi-Silk Squash Chutney

I have never cooked with Nethi beerakaya aka Silk Squash before. Nethi beerakaya bajji (fritters) are very famous in Andhra. I bought 2 squashes from the Indian store and made pachadi with one and bajji with the other.

To make the bajjis, cut the veggie into thin circles. Dip them into bajji/ pakora batter (besan+chili powder+cumin powder+salt+water to make a thin batter) and deep fry till golden brown. Serve hot sprinkled with chaat masala along with ketchup. We gobbled down our bajjis before I could take the pictures, so all I have here is raw silk squash pieces.


Here’s the recipe for pachadi.

Ingredients:
Nethi Beerakaya – 1 medium, chopped (no need to peel, just rinse thoroughly)
Tomato – 2 medium, chopped
Tamarind pulp – 1-2 tsp
Chana dal – 1tbsp
Ural dal – 1 tbsp
Jeera – 1 tsp
Red chilies – 4
Salt to taste

Method:
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan; add dals, jeera, red chilies and sauté till lightly browned. Remove and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, add chopped beerakaya pieces, tomato, cover and cook till tender. Remove from heat.
  • Once cool enough to handle, grind the dals first to a powder, then add the veggies, tamarind pulp, salt and blend to a smooth paste.
I like mine a little chunky, so I didn’t blend it all the way through. Tastes great with rice/ idlis/ dosas or on sandwiches.
Here's another interesting nethi beerakaya recipe from Indira’s blog.

7 comments:

  1. I have this with rice and sesame oil. Goes well with any vegetable fry.

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  2. I don't think I know this veggie,doesn't look familiar at all.Bajji sounds great.
    Pachadi is yum too.Love the color.Enjoy.Now I go and look for more info about the Silk squash!

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  3. nice pachadi ....must have tasted great ....tamarind pulp adds loads of extra flavor

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  4. Hi Pavani,

    I just love this chutney. My peddamma (Mom's sister) use to make this. It tastes great. Thanks for posting it here.

    Hima.

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  5. I have not seen this Silk one in my city. I am glad you get them in yours. Nice one.

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  6. I havent come across this yet in my city Pavani... Hope to find it

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  7. Dear Pavani, that pachadi looks delicious...its name silk seems most appropriate. Most interesting!!! The colour of the dish tempts the taste buds.

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