Gongura Pachadi ~ Andhra Special

Well this is what we do when we have excess Red sorrel leaves at hand. Make them as Pachadi or chutney. Andhra is famous for Gongura Pickle or Chutney. This variety is chutney which is a specialty of Athamma who hails from Ananthapuram. I find it so strange that though both the families are from Andhra, there is a vast difference from her cooking to Amma's. Amma's gongura chutney is made in a different way. This variation that I going to write about is also a crowd pleaser and does not stay that long to even test its shelf life. Since the ingredients that go in this anyway shows it may not stay good for long, but I haven't had a chance to test it though. This is one of my Athamma's signature dishes. She is famous for her pachadis/Chutneys and I have been long after her to prepare all the chutneys she normally does. This pachadi is different in the way it uses Ground Nut powder and raw onions. I think the overall effect in the end is what makes the difference adds to the taste.

Cuisine : Andhra
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins

Ingredients Needed:
Gongura/ Red Sorrel Leaves - 1 cup
Green Chillies - 4
Salt to taste

For Masala
Groundnut/Peanut powder - 2 tbsp
Onions - 1

For seasoning:
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1tsp
Method to prepare:

Boil the leaves along with green chillies. Let it cool, then grind it to a coarse paste.

Mix onions and ground nut powder and grind with Pappu guthi or any hand grinder. It should not become very massy, but should feel the raw onion taste.

Heat oil and sputter mustard and temper on the chutney.

This stays good only for the day. So prepare only small batches. This is one delicious pachadi. The other famous pachadi made with cooked onions, stays over a week.

Enjoy the weekend with spicy pachadi!

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