Dish: O for Onion Pachadi (Chutney)/ Ullipaya Pachadi
Letter O literally threw a curve ball at me. I couldn’t think of a single ingredient or dish that starts with O. I had Ooragaya (pickle) written down in my list, but had no intentions of making any because I had so many pickles that had to be used up and I didn’t want to make anything new.
Finally after contemplating on what to make, I ended with Onion Pachadi/ Ullipaya Pachadi (chutney) from the cookbook ‘Cooking with Pedatha‘. This is the first letter in the series that I had to use an English word 🙁
This chutney is super tasty, tangy and spicy. It goes well with just about anything, steamed rice, idli, dosa, upma etc.
2Onions- medium, chopped (I used red onions, but yellow or white will also work)
2Ginger" , grated
3 - 4chiliesDry red
2 - 3chiliesGreen
8 - 10Curry leaves
Heat 1tbsp oil in a saute pan; add urad dal and fry until lightly browned. Next add mustard seeds and once the seeds start to splutter, add fenugreek seeds and dry red chilies. Lower the heat when the chilies start to change color.
Add the remaning tempering ingredients and cook for a minute.
Next add the chopped onions and ginger; fry until onions don't smell raw anymore, about 4-5 minutes.
Cool the mixture slightly. Then grind into a coarse paste along with tamarind paste and salt. Serve with dosa, idli or steamed rice.