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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28 comments

  1. We hardly get any gongura here in toronto. But will love to make and enjoy this. I use to make this when I was in Chennai and in Andhra

  2. Apple, yeah we got a bunch half went into pappu and rest to this..

    Asha, then you must try this..surely a great one.

    Lathamma, thanks…thanks..will check and get the details

    sra, yeah me too until Athamma prepared it

    musical, my pleasure..:)

    starry nights, then you try this

    Rina, thats very nice to know

    Deepa, welcome to my blog…thanks for the compliment. No I am not from bangalore. do drop in when you have time

    Siri, thanks

    Prajusha, thank you

    bee, did and have replied

    Viji, thank you

    Linda most welcome, I know you have tried and liked

  3. Looks good, Srivalli.

    Since it is difficult to get gongura here, and expensive when you find it fresh, I like the fact that this is to be made in a small quantity with only a cup of leaves.

    The next time I go to the Indian grocery here I will definitely pick up more than I usually do – normally we take just enough for one time gongura pappu.

  4. I love gongura! My mom makes chutney too but I don’t have the recipe ๐Ÿ™ Will try out this recipe next time i get gongura leaves.

  5. This looks so good, Srivalli.

    Here in the US it is tough to get fresh gongura, and when it is there, it is very expensive. I like that this recipe requires only a cup of leaves.

    Next time we go to the Indian grocery, I will pick up enough to make this pachadi – usually we get just enough to make gongura pappu once only.

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

    – Sivani

  6. I’ve never made it with raw onions before! I’ll just have to troll the indian stores till I find some gongura leaves to try this out ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. a unique recipe, srivalli! i always keep this pickle in my frige and have it with kanji or rice porridge whenever i am sick…i simply love it!!

  8. Kajal, thank you. Thats fine, but pls try for the next theme

    Superchef, Its almost same except it doesn’t stay long. Still this is excellent

    paati, thank you. Welcome to my blog

    Tee, thats nice. Do try this and let me know

    Sivani, thats nice to know. Thank you

    Padma, yes it sure was delicious.

    KayKat, For me too this was first time but sure liked it a lot

    Mandira, thats fine, but I expect atleast one from you for the next one.

    Raaga, ehmm…will make it next time. I want to make this a series of learning event. So that people can learn cooking in a pattern. But cakes will be lovely

    Lissie, Thanks for dropping by. Thats nice of eating this

    Lucky, thanks for asking, that made me feel so good. Comments from people like you is what makes this all so wonderful! Thanks for taking time in asking me.

    Sharmi, thats great to know!

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