Here is a very typical Chutney from the Heart of Andhra!! These leaves which have a slight tang can be a delight in the form of Dal , Chutney Or Stew (Pulusu). So on the rare occasions when we get fresh Sorrel leaves at our local grocers', this is the preferred one!!

This delicious chutney forms part of Day 6 of BM #8 for the theme 'Condiments'.

Gongura Pachadi

Ingredients - 

Gongura 1 bunch (A typical bunch would have 3-4 cups of leaves when cooked yield 1/2 cup)
Coriander seeds 1 tsp
Sesame seeds 2 tsp
Dry Red Chillies 4-5
Onions , finely chopped 1/2 cup (Optional)
Oil 1 tsp (divided use)
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, mustard seeds 1 tsp, Chana Dal 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Hing 1/8 tsp)

* Feel free to add in more red chillies or green chillies as per your preference. 
* Addition of garlic is also a common one.

Method Of Preparation - 

Pick the leaves without the stalks and wash them thoroughly.

Dry fry the sesame seeds and keep aside to cool.

In a heated pan, add a splash of oil and fry coriander seeds and dry red chillies until they are just brown. (Judge by the nice aroma of the coriander seeds!!) Keep aside to cool.

In the same heated pan, add a teaspoon oil, fry the leaves until they become soft and mushy.

Remove from fire and let it cool.

Gongura Pachadi

If using onions, saute them until they are translucent and set aside.

Grind the coriander seeds, sesame seeds and red chillies into a fine powder and add the gongura leaves to the mix to make a semi-fine paste.

Mix in the sauteed onions into the chutney.

Prepare the seasoning - Heat oil in a small pan, add in mustard seeds [optionally Chana Dal and Urad Dal - we like the crunch of the dals :)] and Hing. Remove from fire when the mustard seeds start to pop.

Transfer the seasoning into the chutney and savor the delicious Gongura Pachadi!

Serve with steaming hot rice and lot of people I know like to eat it with a side of freshly chopped onions!

Check to see what my fellow marathoners are up to in this edition BM #8.

If you have missed the previous posts in this marathon here they are - 
Under 5 ingredients - 
Beans-Alu Curry 
Low Fat Boorelu ~ Low Fat Sweet Dumplings 
Palak-Moong Dal Curry 

Condiments - 
Onion Chutney 
Beerapeechu-Tomato Pachadi ~ Ridge Gourd Peel-Tomato Chutney

This goes to Srivalli's Condiment Mela.

Preparation Time 20 min
Makes 1/2 cup
Posted by Harini on Sunday, August 21, 2011


  1. Usha Says:
  2. I like gongura pachadi but never prepared it at home.

    Btw, the coconut garlic powder I posted today, come to think of it, I think even we call it kobbari Kharam.. :)

  3. Super inviting pachadi.. loving it..

  4. Unknown Says:
  5. wow awesome won't believe it..i just made gongura chicken this friday! love it!

  6. Prema Says:
  7. Delicious pachadi,Very healthy recipe...luks yum.

  8. Srivalli Says:
  9. We love this chutney!

  10. Aarthi Says:
  11. love it

  12. Padmajha Says:
  13. I have heard a lot of about this greens but have never been able to get it here.. Looks inviting...

  14. Kalyani Says:
  15. love this, but I dont get sorrel leaves where I live Harini - so do pass me that pachadi quick :-)

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  16. Unknown Says:
  17. looks very delicious!!!!

  18. Prathima Rao Says:
  19. Yummm...I love these tangy gongura leaves..And the pachadi looks lip smacking good!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  20. jayasree Says:
  21. I love this..Nice click.

  22. the name itself brought me this one like anything..:)

  23. soujanya Says:
  24. love this pickle....well done..
    nice click...

  25. divya Says:
  26. looks absolutely perfect and tempting.. Yummy :)

  27. Indian Khana Says:
  28. Love this ...I can go on and on :)...lovely one

  29. Vatsala. Says:
  30. Nice one.

    Invitation for a potluck
    Event - FSF Janmashtami and Ganesh Chturthi

  31. Sobha Shyam Says:
  32. this sounds delicious, a must try :)

  33. Priya Suresh Says:
  34. Slurp,very tempting chutney..

  35. Elaichii Says:
  36. Do you get these leaves in the US?

  37. Anu Says:
  38. Hwy i tried this one today and it was super yummy..thanks for the recipe dear...

  39. Harini Says:
  40. Thanks everyone.
    @Priya(Elaichii) - We rarely get these leaves in summer at our local Indian stores)

  41. Suma Gandlur Says:
  42. Norooristhundhi mee pachadi :)

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