Thursday, December 08, 2005

Carrot Perugu Pachadi (Carrot Yogurt Salad)

Many think that an “Ayurvedic Diet” is a diet consisting of spicy Indian food. Not necessarily – an Ayurvedic diet is a diet which matches your body type to the foods consumed – eating those foods that sustain your body type, to avoid unbalancing your prakruti (natural tendencies). Ayurveda includes counter measures to let you “cheat” sometimes, without harming yourself..:)

Eating, according to Ayurveda, is a learning process, that involves learning the properties of foods, listening to your body, to see not only the reaction to certain foods but also the signs of possible imbalance, and matching the foods you eat to your individual state and needs.

Posting a very healthy ayurvedic and tasty recipe.Carrot Raita or Carrot Perugu Pachadi(telugu) where grated carrot is lightly stir fried in spices, onions and blended with yogurt and coriander leaves.Eat it just as a salad or with roti or rice.Its your choice..:)


3/4 cup grated carrot
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger root
1 chopped small onion
1 cup fresh plain yogurt
1 chopped green chilli or large pinch fresh ground black pepper
1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
pinch of asafoetida (hing)
10 curry leaves
salt to taste
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)
1 tbsp grated coconut (optional)

Whip the yogurt until smooth.Keep aside.
Grate carrot.Keep aside.
Heat ghee in a skillet.Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
Now add cumin seeds,asafoetida,curry leaves.Fry for 10 seconds.
Now add the chopped green chillis,grated ginger and onions.Fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add turmeric powder and grated carrot,coconut and fry for 4-5 minutes.
Stir constantly so that it doesnt burn.
Remove from fire and cool.

Once its cool,add the whisked yogurt,salt and coriander leaves and mix well.Chill and serve.


Lera said...

Carrots are one of my " must have daily veggie "-- sailu, nice to take carrots this way, plan to try this perugu pachadi tomorrow .

Isil S. said...

Hi Sailu,
We make just a similar dish here in Turkey. Just a little bit diferent, stir-fry in olive oil with garlic, then add yoghurt when it is warm.
I used to eat it occasinally before going vegan.

sailu said...

Its very healthy,Lera.

Sounds interesting,isil_simsek!