May 08, 2023

Vellarikaai Inji Thayir Pachadi | Cucumber Ginger flavored yogurt - No cook recipe

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 Cucumbers are my best friend in summer . I love to munch on some juicy Cucumbers as is or use them in salads or raitas .

Raitas or pachadis are a must have in summer as they cool down the body heat and are comforting on our stomach aiding digestion. 

Across the length and breadth of India ,Cucumbers are an integral part of summer meal be it the Khamang Kakdi of Maharashtra ,Southekaai kosambri from Karnataka ,Vellarikai Kichadi of Kerala or Pahadi Raita from Himachal Region . 

Vellarikaai inji thayir pachdi, cucumber ginger raita , kakdi adraki raita,kheera aur adrak ka raita, vellari inji pachadi,cucumber pachadi

Today , I shall be sharing another favorite recipe using cucumber.  Thayir Pachadi is the South Indian version of raita . We can make thayir pachadi with many vegetables like tomatoes,  sweet potatoes,  ladies finger,ginger etc .

Inji Vellarikaai thayir pachadi ,is very easy to make and is a No cook recipe.  We will need fresh and tender cucumbers to make this raita . Donot use an over ripe cucumbers as the cucumber won't be juicy and also the seeds will be too mature and rough.

Spice level can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the number of chillies used .I prefer to keep the pachadi mild so that the flavor of ginger is lifted up. 

Vellarikaai inji thayir pachdi, cucumber ginger raita , kakdi adraki raita,kheera aur adrak ka raita, vellari inji pachadi,cucumber pachadi

Preparation Time - 10 mins
Cooking Time - Nil 
Complexity- easy 
Serves - 3 to 4


2 small Cucumbers or 1 medium Cucumber
150ml thick yogurt /dahi/curd 
Salt as needed 
Small piece of ginger 
1 small green chilli
Few curry leaves 
2 tsp finely chopped fresh corriander 
1 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp udad dhall 
Pinch of asafoetida 


  • Peel the skin of the cucumber.  Finely chop half the quantity of the cucumbers and add it to a mixing bowl.
  • Roughly chop the other half of the cucumber and blend it with ginger , chilli, corriander, curryleaves and little salt to a very fine paste.
  • Whisk the curd with adequate salt and make it lump free. 
  • Mix the cucumber paste , chopped cucumber and the whisked yogurt.  Adjust salt if needed. 
  • Prepare a tempering of mustard seeds and udad dhall in hot oil with asafoetida.  Cool it and then add it to the raita . Donot pour hot tempering over the pachadi as the curd may turn sour in the hot weather .
  • Delicious thayir pachadi is ready to serve .

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  1. What can be more soothing than this raita. Cucumber and yogurt are coolants and cilantro and ginger adds tons of flavor. I could relish this as such.

  2. Such a nice 'No cook recipe' Just with fresh and tender cucumbers, this is a tempting raita

  3. nice variation of the inji vellarikai to grind some of the cucumbers. I will make this for the husband man as he loves vellarikai inji pachadi ! - Kalyani

  4. Perfect recipe for summer. Its little different from raita. Loved the use of cucumber paste. Ginger will definitely enhance the taste and flavour. Saving the recipe to try.

  5. Cucumber raita is a must-have in our house in the summers. I love your version with ginger added in and ground cucumber. Will make it your way next time.

  6. Delicious summer dish Priya. So refreshing and cooling . Perfect to beat the heat. Adding cucumber paste gives a nice taste . - Preethi


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