Gongura Pachadi

Gongura Pachadi | Gongura Pickle & Chutney

Updated: June 6, 2024, By Swasthi, Comments, Jump to Recipe

This Gongura Pachadi is tangy, hot, spicy and tastes exactly the way it should. Steaming hot rice and ghee mixed with this Gongura Chutney, is a pure delight and comfort food for the Telugu speaking people. In this post I share 2 recipes to make this. The first one is a traditional pachadi that you can store for a few weeks in the refrigerator. The second one makes for a delicious side but it is best served within 2 days.

Gongura Pachadi - Pickle

About Gongura Pachadi

Gongura Pachadi is a tangy and spicy side dish or chutney variety made with red sorrel leaves (roselle), dried red chilies, garlic and cumin seeds. It is a staple in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where these leaves are grown in abundance.

Roselle Leaves are also known as red sorrel leaves and goes by different names in the regional Indian cuisines. In Telugu they are known as gongura or puntikura, in Kannada they are pundi soppu, in Tamil they are pulicha keerai, in Marathi they are Ambaadi and in Hindi they are pitwaa. There are different kinds of red sorrel leaves, I am showing 2 kinds here.

These leaves taste sour and super good in any preparations. Gongura pappu, Gongura pickle and Gongura chicken are some of the Andhra and Telangana dishes made with these leaves. You will find plenty of dishes on the menus of Andhra restaurants.

Gongura Leaves

These leaves are cooked with prawns and lamb too. Another popular version of the pickle is made with shade dried and wilted leaves. They are sautéed and pickled to preserve for a year.

Gongura is a winter speciality and is believed to possess body warming properties. So my Mom always made these pachadi varieties during the winters. I know this pachadi is made in numerous ways. Here I am sharing my Mom’s recipes.

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Roselle Leaves

Step by step Photo Instructions (Recipe 1)

1. To make this gongura pachadi, I cleaned and plucked the leaves first. Then measured them tightly to fill a 3 liters pot. This is just for you to know the amount of leaves I use for this recipe. Rinse them thoroughly few times in clean water. Drain to a colander, shake off to get rid of excess moisture and spread them on a clean cotton cloth. The leaves must wilt slightly on their own and no moisture should be left. It just took me 5 to 6 hours on a hot day.

2. Heat ¼ cup oil in a pan.

heating oil

3. Add the leaves to the hot pan.

adding wilted leaves to make gongura pachadi 3

4. Fry until the leaves cook and wilt completely. Keep them aside to cool completely.

frying leaves until wilted in the pan to make gongura pachadi

5. To the same pan, add more oil and fry 8 to 10 dried red chilies as needed until crisp. Switch off and add 1 tablespoon cumin/ jeera. Increase or decrease the amount of chilies to your taste and preference.

fry chilies and cumin

6. When they cool down add them to a grinder along with 4 cloves of garlic and salt. Make sure your garlic is not moist. If you want, saute it for a minute in the same pan. Blend as smooth as possible.

blending with garlic salt

7. Add the leaves and pulse to get a coarse texture.

addition of sorrel leaves to blend to make gongura pachadi


8. Traditionally pachadi is made coarse. Taste test to adjust salt and spice at this stage. If it is not spicy enough, fry more red chilies & blend. Then mix with gongura pickle. Heat the same pan with 1 tablespoon oil, add a sprig of curry leaves, 2 broken dried red chilies, 1 tsp each chana dal and urad dal. When the dal turns golden, add ¼ teaspoon of hing. Stir in the pachadi. Saute for 2 to 3 mins until aromatic. Turn off and cool down.

tempering blended mixture to make gongura chutney

Transfer to a clean air tight glass jar and store in the refrigerator for a month. Use clean dry spoons to scoop out the pickle.

Gongura Pachadi - Pickle Recipe

Recipe 2 – Gongura Chutney

This chutney is tempered with vadiyalu or majjiga mirapakayalu. People also temper this with shrimps / prawns (crispy deep fried or pan fried). I have shared the recipe in the recipe card below.

gongura chutney

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Recipe Card

Gongura Pachadi Recipe

Gongura Pachadi (Gongura Pickle)

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Gongura chutney is a popular pachadi made using red sorrel leaves and spices. It can be served with rice or chapathi or dosa.
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings3 to 4

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 2 cups red sorrel leaves or gongura tightly packed
  • 1 large onion (cut to quarters)
  • 3 to 4 Green Chilies
  • Salt to taste

To Temper

  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin or jeera
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 dried red chili
  • 4 to 8 Majjiga Mirapakayalu (curd chilies)
  • Vadiyalu as needed (can use minapa (urad dal) or pesara (moong dal) vadiyalu)


  • Pick the leaves from the stalks and Wash them 3 to 4 times in a large pot. Drain them aside for at least 10 mins in a colander.
  • To a large bowl, add leaves, onions, green chilies and 3 tbsp water. Boil all these till the leaves are fully cooked.
  • When the leaves are tender, open the lid and either drain the excess liquid or evaporate it by cooking further.
  • Cool completely and grind with salt to a slightly coarse chutney.

Temper Gongura Pachadi

  • On a medium flame, heat oil in a pan. Deep fry majjiga mirchi until crisp and remove to a plate. Keep aside. Deep fry vadiyalu and remove to a plate. Keep aside.
  • Remove excess oil and keep only a tsp of oil in the pan. Add red chilies, mustard, cumin and garlic. Once they splutter. Turn off the heat. Mix chutney with all the fried and tempered ingredients.
  • Serve gongura pachadi with hot rice and a spoon of ghee.


Vadiyalu can be replaced with Shrimps or cooked soya chunks

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Gongura Pachadi (Gongura Pickle)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 232mg7%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2045IU41%
Vitamin C 44.8mg54%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi Swasthi
I noticed in some recipes use coarsely crushed coriander seeds (dhaniyalu) also. Is it worthwhile adding these seeds to the pickle or will they spoil the taste of the pickle? Any thoughts on this? Thanks

Swasthi, thanks very much for your response.

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Nice n easy recipe, will make it

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Hi Swasthi

As always, thanks for wonderful recipes.
I put in more red chillies and the pickle is spicy.. any tips to reduce the spice level pls..

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Hi… I have tried ur recipe first one… Taste is delicious… Can I keep it in deep freeze for one month

OK thanks for your reply

Your great .its very helpful for begininers in cooking.very tasty
We all want to see your pic

Hello Swasthi! Love these recipes! How long do each of them last?

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thanks swathi garu.mee receipes naku chala use avuthunayi.

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All recipes are good.what I was looking for was chutneys without coconut.i got the same.wil surely try.thank

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Chaala bagundi


I found them at my supermart after reading about the health benefits of sorrel leaves.
I cook the chopped wilted leaves with some pounded red chillie and red onions then seasoned with salt and some sugar.

The tart taste of dish is very appetising! Since I cannot eat rice, I ate them with bread instead – yummy. I am also learning to make the paratha.

Tq for your other gongura recipes. I am looking forward to cooking the gongura chicken fry and pappu recipes next to eat with paratha/capathi.



What a taste of this paccadi

swathi garu me blog chala bagundhi.

healthy and delicious recipe… bookmarked..

Superb clicks n just love the recipe

Didn't know adding majjiga mirchi and minapa vadiyalu to any dish like this….quite new one 🙂

very new recipe to me…looks so flavourful…

This is new to me. Looks delicious and inviting.

This pachadi is new to me 🙂 Sounds flavorful Swasthi!!

That's a healthy & flavored chutney… Loved the mix of ingredients that went into the making 🙂

This is my favorite Swasthi,Yours have turned out very well

Another yummy chutney!

The leaves are new to me, maybe I have never noticed it before. Will try to look for it in the market.<br /><br />Its about simplicity but I sure love the fragrance of curry leaves and that bit of chili.