Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Green Apple In Yogurt Sauce/ Apple Pachadi


Onam is an auspicious occasion for people who hail from the very southern corner of India.  The festival of Onam is celebrated by Malayalis all around the world.  It is a secular festival celebrated with equality.  Onam reminds me of my childhood days both in North India and Kerala.  My whole family used to participate in the Onam programs while we were in North India.  I vaguely remember the practice sessions conducted at our home for the drama my Mom and Dad were part of and later the Air force group competed against HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) group and won the price.  For us kids, it was the time of merriment, get together and special occasion to get new South Indian style attires.  When we moved back to Kerala, the celebration was different.  We used to put flower arrangement in our Veranda and we celebrated Onam with a huge vegetarian feast at my grand parent's house with all other family members.  Women looked prettier than ever with their golden bordered off white sarees called 'Settu Saree/Settu Mundu' and fresh jasmine flowers on their hair.  Men in their 'Mundu/Dhotis' adds the zeal to the occasion.  We would spend the whole day from dawn to dusk at my grand parents house.



Time flew by and I am here in another corner of the world writing about my childhood memories of Onam.  We have a small community of Malayalis here and there is Onam celebration every year which we all take pride of.  We do participate in many activities with our kids and it is such a joy to see everyone in their keralite attire come together as one big family.  The sumptuous vegetarian meal will be the highlight of the day.  I try to prepare the Onam Sadhya at home and we feast them on banana leaves ( we adjust with the frozen leaves).



Since Onam is around the corner, I want to share a simple recipe that is part of 'Onam Sadhya'.  The traditional dish is made with cucumber, but there are tons of variations to this recipe.  I had prepared the dish with green apples that I picked the other day.  Little Noah was my helper to pick few from a small apple tree from his school.  The apples were not too sour and not sweet either, so it was a perfect pachadi when paired with some steaming rice and mango pickle.



The traditional recipe calls for crushed mustard seeds, but I omit that because I don't like that taste.  Feel free to add 1/4 tsp crushed mustard seeds with fenugreek powder if you like it.


Ingredients

1/2 cup - peeled and chopped green apple ( Granny smith)
1 clove - garlic finely chopped
1 tsp - finely chopped ginger
1/4 cup - chopped shallots or red onions
1 - green chili chopped
1 - dry red chili broken into 2 pieces
1/4 tsp - mustard seeds
1/8 tsp - roasted fenugreek powder
1 1/2 tsp - oil
1 - sprig curry leaves
2 cups - plain low fat yogurt
salt to taste

Directions

  • Splutter 1/4 tsp of mustard seeds in 1 1/2 tsp oil. Add chopped garlic and ginger and cook till golden yellow.  Add chopped onions, salt, red and green chili and cook for 2 - 3 minutes on low heat.
  • Now add the chopped green apple and saute till apple pieces and soft.  Add fenugreek powder and curry leaves and give a good stir.  Turn off the heat.
  • Finally add the plain yogurt to the tadka mix and enjoy with steaming plain rice. 

18 comments:

  1. wow !!! i definitely need to try this out..hope u saw the apple-subji on my space...saw this post upadte on fb on my phone while was about to leave home for work..n iwas like..God ! i need to reach office fast n chk out this post !!! :)

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    1. Thanks Sona for the lovely comment!!! Yes I saw your apple-subji post and in fact I commented on it too.

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  2. pachadi with apple sounds really interesting... as usual, awesome pics!!! :)

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    1. Thankd Rafeeda!! You don't taste the fruity taste of apple, its yummy.

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  3. Loved this idea Shibi... sounds yum..I will try it out soon :) I loved the apple picture with water droplets :)
    Shema | LifeScoops

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    1. Thanks Shema!! Let me know how the recipe turns out for you.

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  4. look so delightful.....wonderful clicks.

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  5. Interesting info about Onam! I knew almost none of it - thanks for the education! And thanks, too, for this recipe - totally delish looking. Love the flavors - thanks.

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    1. Thanks John!! I am glad you liked the recipe.

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  6. Happy Onam Shibi. What a nice idea this is. I have to try this one, looks so yummy. Your apple picture is beautiful.

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    1. Happy Onam to you too!! Thanks for the comment.
      Please try the recipe and let me know.

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  7. That's a nice pachadi..shhhoo ithu innale kandeegil oru Kai nokkayirunuu...adipoli pics !!

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  8. Pachadi with apple!! Great...check out my new post@ flavoursiluv.blogspot.com

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  9. ha, what a coincidence....i made apple pachadi for Onam last week. But with red gala apples...sweet pachadi :-P

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  10. Shibi..firstly, thanks a lot for ur lovely words ..now, u did bring a smile on "my face" which was indeed crap and down coz, of taking 20 mins +1 (hr) in the traffic instead of just 20 mins !!! You made my day, girly !!!!keep in touch..n do drop by pick quicks too, when u get the time. Do be a follower there as well...so that we stay more connected beyond the kitchen. Hugs..n have a nice weekend...

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  11. a post, exclusively coz, of you.. :)
    http://pickquicks.blogspot.com/2013/09/what-goes-aroundcomes-around.html

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  12. Delicious!! I love these tart green apples in this recipe :)

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