This is a simple and easy pachadi or raita that can be made with ease...I made the raita with white pumpkin which is a nutritious and refreshing vegetable.They can be found at Indian-Asian grocery stores.This raita is a perfect accompaniment to parathas-stuffed flat breads or any kind of variety rice and biryanis.
3 cups peeled and chopped white pumpkin
Plain yogurt per taste
Salt as per taste
1/2 tsp mustard and cumin seeds each
3 hot chillies(+/- as per taste)
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
2 tbsp finely shredded coconut-optional
1 sprig curry leaves
2 sprigs coriander leaves finely chopped
Few dashes of asafoetida/hing
2 tbsp oil
In a vessel add the chopped pumpkin,1/4 cup water,salt and bring it to a boil making sure not to over cook it.Set it aside to cool.In a pan heat oil add mustard and cumin seeds,when they splutter add chillies,curry leaves stir for a few seconds then add the chopped onions.When the onions turn translucent
add the coconut,hing,chopped coriander leaves and pour it over the pumpkin.When it cools add yogurt and mix to blend well.