Friday, February 7, 2014

Cucumber Dry Curry (Suthekai Palya)

Colour Cucumber (Mangalore Sauthekai) is one of the known vegetable for Indians and South Indians love Southe kai. (Cucumber). It is also known as Dosekai since used in curries. It is said Velarekai in Tamil, Vellarikka in Malayalam, Kheera or Kakadi in Hindi and Shosha in Bengali.

SoutheKai  (Mangalore Sauthe Kai) is yellow Indian curry cucumber. It has sweet taste and neutral flavor. It is used in the preparation of stews and curries mostly during the summer season in south parts of India and Sri Lanka.

Cucumber is one of the low calorie vegetable. It is very good source of potassium. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte. Cucumber contains uique anti-oxidants in moderate ratios. Cucumber also contain high amount of vitamin K.

Here is a Cucumber Dry Curry which is vey simple and with minimum Ingredients. Easy to prepare  and with mild spice. You can have them with rice, dosa, chapati, roti and even with poories. I am sure it will be liked by the whole family and suits to all age group.

Cucumber Dry curry is onion and garlic free dish and you can even enjoy this dish during festivals and fasting perionds too.

Things Needed :

Cucumber :1
Oil :1 Table spoon
Green chilly :2
Mustard seeds :1/2 Tea spoon
Urd dal :1/2 Tea soon
Curry leaves : 5 to 6
Coriander leaves : 2 Table spoons
Salt : to taste
Coconut : 2 to 3 Table spoons.
Turmeric powder : a pinch

Method :

1. Wash and cut cucumbe into small pieces.

2. Wash and cut green chilly, curry leaves and coriander leaves.
3. Grate coconut
4. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put oil.
5. Add Mustard seeds and Urd dal.
6. Let the mustard seeds spurt.
7. Add Curry leaves and green chilly.
8. Add cut cucumber and fry for 10 seconds.
9. Add required water and cook till the pieces are soft.(5 to 6 minutes)
10. Add salt when it is cooked. Mix it well and cook till the water disappear.

11. Add coconut and mix well . Add coriander leaves.

12. Mix it well and shift the Palya to a serving dish.

Serve with Hot chapatis or Hot rice

Note : 

You can cut sauthekai accoding to your wish.(big or small). Add little water and cook on low flame. See that it does not get burnt. Adding coconut is optional. You can also use palya powder or chutney pudi as spice. Adding ghee to the Sauthe Palya adds to the taste. You can add onions if you wish. (Add it to mustard spurt and fry for 2 minutes, add cut sauthekai pieces and cook. Note that it taste differ.

Time :    15 minutes
Serves :  23 to 4 

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