Thayir Pachadi

Thayir pachadi (raitha) is the most common yogurt-based vegetable salad prepared in almost every part of India. We prepare thayir pachadi using cooked vegatables or raw vegetables and spice it up with black pepper, chopped green chillies or red chilli powder. Generally, we serve raitha as a side for flatbreads like chapathi, stuffed paratha, etc., and also for spicy rice dishes like biryani, tomato rice, etc.

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Ash gourd raitha

Venn-poosani Thayir pachadi:

Venn-poosani (ash gourd or white pumpkin) pachadi is one of the most favorite salads frequently prepared in my family and served as a side dish for rice & kuzhambu. First, we need to steam the diced pumpkin, then prepare a coconut paste and mix them both into whisked curd as shown below. We also prepare the tempering made in coconut oil and pour into this pachadi.

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How to prepare parangikai pachadi

Vellarikai Thayir Pachadi:

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Cucumber raitha

Cucumber (vellarikai) raitha is the best way to include cucumber into our diet. It helps keep our body cool & hydrated during summer. We can prepare vellarikai raitha quickly & easily as shown below and serve with rice dishes.

Preparation Time: 5 min


  1. Cucumber (vellarikai) – 1 No.
  2. Yogurt (curd) – 1 cup (200 ml)
  3. Salt – 1/2 tsp
  4. Freshly crushed pepper – 1/2 tsp
  5. Chopped Coriander leaves – 1 tsp


  • Peel cucumber & chop finely.
  • Whisk curd & salt till it becomes smooth.
  • Add chopped cucumber and mix well.
  • Garnish with crushed pepper & coriander leaves.
  • Serve crunchy cucumber salad chilled or at room temperature.

Thakkali Thayir Pachadi:

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Tomato raitha


  1. Yogurt (curd) – 1 cup (200 ml)
  2. Onion – 1 No.
  3. Tomato – 3 Nos.
  4. Green chilli – 1 No.
  5. Salt – 1/2 tsp
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We just need to add finely chopped onion, green chilli & tomatoes and salt into a bowl of curd and mix well. We can garnish tomato raitha with red chilli powder and/or cumin seeds powder. It goes well with both the rice dishes & Indian breads.

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Tomato raitha recipe

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  1. I absolutely love cucumber raitha and I’ve always tried to replicate it, but now I’ve found your recipe!D o you think I could grate the cucumber with a coarse grater, instead of chopping it?

    1. Thanks for dropping by.
      If you use grated cucumber, raitha would become watery, so it is better to cut into small cubes.

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