Pachadi is the name for a traditional South Indian side dish and is otherwise known as a beetroot raita. Usually served on special occasions and festivals, pachadi is a key component of Onam Sadya. Meaning banquet in Malayalam, Onam Sadhya is a multi-course spectacle, featuring over 24 vegetarian dishes served on a banana leaf.
This beetroot pachadi is one of the party pieces of Sadhya as it is vibrant pink in colour and full of flavour. The beetroot lends a subtle sweetness to this dish, the coconut places it right in Kerala cuisine, a pleasant sourness comes from the curd and their in un underlying heat from the tempered spices. For more information about tempering, read here. Delicious served with rice, this dish is possibly one of the most delicious ways to consume beetroot.