Cucumber Raitha /Vellarikkai Thayir Pachadi

Raitha is a yogurt based accompaniment made with different types of veggies and fruits.Also it can be accompanied with various main dishes and even served as a dip.

Cucumber raitha is a creamy one which goes very with biriyani,pulaos.It also pairs up very well with some of the spicy South Indian gravy such as kaara kulambhu.

Coming to the recipe,I have used the mini cucumbers.Since mini cucumbers are used I chopped it finely and used.If you are using a a large cucumber then grate it.The addition of coconut paste and the tempering makes gives an additional flavor and taste.

                                      Cucumber Raitha/Vellarikkai Thayir Pachadi

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 2 minutes
   Serves ~4(generously)


1-1.25 cups(finely chopped)
Thick Yogurt/thayir
1-1.25 cups
2 tbs
Green chilly/pachamilagai
1-2(depending on spice level)
Curry leaves /karivepillai
few leaves
Coriander leaves/kothamalli
as needed(finely chopped)
to taste
2 tsp

  For the Tempering

Mustard seeds/kadugu
1/2 tsp
a pinch
Red chilly/varamilagai
  • Take the yogurt in a bowl and add the salt,whisk it well till it becomes creamy.Set it aside.
  • Now in a blender jar take the green chilly and grated coconut.Grind it to a smooth paste along with a tbs of whisked yogurt.
  • To the whisked yogurt add the finely chopped cucumber and ground paste.Mix it well.
  • Now in a small pan heat the oil and crackle the mustard seeds,add in the asafoetida and red chilly.Toast the curry leaves and put off the flame.Add it to the yogurt mixture also add in some chopped coriander leaves and mix it well.
  •  Serve it  as an accomapniment.

  • Since my green chilly is not spicy,I used 2.
  • Using a thick yogurt gives a nice and creamy raitha.
  • If you feel the yogurt is sour,add some milk and mix it well.
  • Couple of tbs of fresh cream can also be added for an extra rich taste.



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I make cucumber raita often, and the next time I make it will add coconut. Looks so yummy.

This is such a delightful Raitha Nalini..a simply dish made so beautifully!

The cucumber raita sounds very different from what I make , must try this recipe . Love cucumbers , they are so cooling .

Mom makes something similar. I just add grated cucumber to yogurt and season it. Will try this version soon

what a delicious cooling raita

Wow you have taken a basic dish to new heights. Love it.

Love it to bits. Beautiful clicks! I have it almost everyday in summer.

Cucumber raita rocks, love the addition of coconut here. Too tempting.

This is one of my favorite raita... Love it with all variety rice.

yummy raita ! love this with any spicy pulav / biryani...

I really appreciate the kind of topics post here. Thanks for sharing us a great information that is actually helpful. Good day!
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Thanks for your recipe. It is great. I will buy the ingredients from my local Walmart
store and cook for my family next week.

I read your blog on daily basis. This is really great and informative post. Thanks for sharing.

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