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Sep 11, 2008

Gongura Pachadi (Red Sorrel Leaves Pickle)

Gongura Pachadi (Red Sorrel Leaves Pickle)

Gongura pachadi is an authentic Andhra recipe. The leaves of Gongura are cooked in various forms, like in Pappu (Dal), Pulusu (Soup), Vepudu (Stir Fry) and of course Gongura Pachadi.

Hibiscus Cannabinus is Gongura’s botanical name. It’s also well known as Red Sorrel Leaves or the Roselle plant. These leaves have a sour taste, so when making dal or pickle with these leaves tamarind is not used. Coming to the nutrition facts, Gongura is rich in iron which is an essential mineral. Iron is necessary for maintaining perfect levels of hemoglobin by transporting the required oxygen. Deficiency of iron is a common cause of anemia.

Gongura (Red Sorrel) Leaves

  • 2 bunches of fresh Gongura Leaves
  • 2 tsp Coriander Seeds (Dhaniyalu)
  • ½ tsp Fenugreek Seeds (Menthulu)
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds (Avaalu)
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric
  • ¼ tsp Asafetida (Inguva)
  • 5 or 6 Green Chilies
  • 2 dry red Chilies
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Salt as required

Gongura Pachadi (Red Sorrel Leaves Pickle)

  1. Wash Gongura leaves well and discard the stems. Keep aside.
  2. In a pan pour a tsp of oil, add Gongura leaves and fry until the leaves start to lose color. Then transfer the leaves to a different plate and keep aside to cool.
  3. Now, add the rest of the oil to the same pan and add mustard seeds.
  4. When they pop, add cumin seeds along with coriander seeds + fenugreek seeds + green and red chilies and stir really well. 
  5. Be careful not to burn the seeds. 
  6. To this add the turmeric and asafetida too and mix well. When the contents appear cooked remove from the flame and leave aside to cool.

  7. Gongura Pachadi (Red Sorrel Leaves Pickle)

  8. When all the contents become cool, grind them into a fine paste along with the leaves adding a little amount of water if needed. 
  9. This pachadi can be stored in a refrigerator for a week or 10 days.
    We usually eat this pachadi with onions alongside. It is a very good combo and tastes divine. 
  10. Enjoy this delicious pachadi with hot rice and ghee.

I am sending this lovely greenish pachadi to Sunshinemom's “Food in Colours –Green” event.

And also to “RCI -Authentic Hyderabadi Cuisine” event being hosted by Mona of Zaiqa.

On a different Note:
Thank you so much dear Divya for passing me the” Wylde Woman Award”. So sweet of you!

Thank you dear Madhavi, for passing me the "Perfect blend Of Friendship Award". Thanks for your friendship!


Deepthi Shankar said... [Reply]

Gongura Pachadi looks yummy uma .. I loce having them with plain rice

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

Wow yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy. As iam from Guntur i carve for this pachadi. Congrats on those well deserving awards.

Unknown said... [Reply]

looks great..I have a telugu friend here in neighbourhood who has agreed to make gongura chutney for me..am craving for it!!

Raks said... [Reply]

I hav the same in my archive too...only difference is I added garlic! thats all...otherwise the same...We all love it in or family...
Like ur way of presentation!

Meera said... [Reply]

That looks so good. Will surely give a try when I get gongura leaves again. Thanks for sharing.

Usha said... [Reply]

Sounds simple and healthy :)

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Looks tasty. I do it the same way.

Indian Khana said... [Reply]

Pachadi looking yum...long time I had this ! Thanks for sharing the recipe...and the pics are cool..Congrats on your award

Cham said... [Reply]

Love ur presentation Uma. I should try ur proportion, mine stay too much sour :)Great entry!

anudivya said... [Reply]

Gongura pickle is one of my fav. but unfortunately I have only been able to eat the jar kind. This looks perfect. Now my hunt for the gongura leaves begin.

raaji said... [Reply]

yummy yummy gongura pickle.....hmmm i miss that

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Looks delicious! We call 'Gongura' as 'Ambada' in Urdu, and it is my favorite bhaji. Thanks for sending your entry.

Unknown said... [Reply]

Sounds simple and healthy ... nice entry..

Sujatha said... [Reply]

Yummy pachidi.. I've tried this in restaurants but never tried to make myself.. Now that I have this delicious recipe, I will try soon :)

Lakshmi said... [Reply]

Pachadi chala bagundi Uma..I want to take that bowl from the pic ;) for my lunch.

Silvia - Magnolia Wedding Planner said... [Reply]

Uma dear! it looks so delicious! I would like to taste it ..but unfortunately here I can't find the ingredients..:-D but I love to see the result ;-)
a kiss!

karuna said... [Reply]

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Vijitha said... [Reply]

the pachadi looks spicy n yummmmyy!! thanks for sharing it...

notyet100 said... [Reply]

hve tasted gongura pickle li andhra restaurent,..pachdi looks yum ,...

Richa said... [Reply]

yumm..certain dishes go so well with plain rice & ghee, right :)

Bhawana said... [Reply]

mm yummmmy looks it gives.

Daily Meals said... [Reply]

Gongura pachadi looks mouth watering Uma! The raw onion rings look beautiful...

Daily Meals said... [Reply]

Gongura pachadi looks mouth watering Uma! The raw onion rings look beautiful...

KonkaniBlogger said... [Reply]

Wow, I know how excellent it tastes coz I have this in my fridge and we are relishing it for a week now, given by a friend of mine :)..Nice one Uma..

Laavanya said... [Reply]

Looks great Uma - a pachadi is the first thing I made when I laid hands on gongura :)

Unknown said... [Reply]

hi h r u gongura pachadi mmmm mouth watering supper combo with hot rice and raw onion nooru ooristunnaru

kamala said... [Reply]

Beautifully presented Uma..Looks mouthwatering..

Madhavi said... [Reply]

Yummyyyyy entry, and very nice recipe. Presentation is also great!!!

Sum Raj said... [Reply]

yummy entry..i luc gongura pickle...ur presentation is too gud

Mrs.Kannan said... [Reply]

While seeing the photo itself it;s mouthwatering....yummmmmmmmmmmmmmyeeeeeeeeeee

Unknown said... [Reply]

uma poornalu try chesi cheppandi yela vachinayo

Vani said... [Reply]

Gongura is so typically Andhra - perfect entry for the RCI! I've never tasted gongura before. But I hope to correct that soon :)

jayasree said... [Reply]

My mouth is watering seeing ur pachadi. This is one of my favorites of Andhra cuisine. Sad part is I dont get the leaves here. Have to satisfy my cravings with the store bought gongura pickle.

Sunshinemom said... [Reply]

Oooh! Lovely! I would love to just take a lick of this one:) Thanks for sending it to FIC green! The pickle brings back memories of days spent in Sec'bad!

Anonymous said... [Reply]

One of my favorite pachadis! This one will always be such a classic- so good! I didn't know about the onions- will try this combo soon.

I was wondering though... how much cumin? :-)

Yasmeen said... [Reply]

Uma,Gongura pachadi with all the spices in it and the tangy gongura is indeed the true taste of Andhra:)

indusladies said... [Reply]

Hi Uma,

This is Malathy(from IndusLadies.com).

I tried this Gongura Chutney today. It came out very yummy!

I also tried your Bottle Gourd perugu pachadi (raita).

The chutney with rice and the perugu combo was heavenly. Thanks!

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