Showing posts with label Cucumber. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cucumber. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Cucumber Peel Chutney

Cucumber sippe / peel /outer layer chutney is one of the traditional dish done. It is said that cucumber peel is rich in fiber. 


We normally do not waste any vegetable or vegetable peel and do make use of it either in chutney or in some other preparations.
This particular cucumber is known as mullu southe in Udupi and Mangalore region. It is very rare and we do make use of this cucumber in chutney, kosumbari and payasa or ganji /porridge.

Let us see some benefits of this Mullu Southekai / Cucumber in our diet.
Cucumber has rich source of nutrients and antioxidants. It contain good amount of water and soluble fiber. It is good for weight loss. It has fiber, zero fat content and low in calories. It has vitamin C and Vitamin K. It contain some amount of protein, manganese, magnesium and potassium. It is good for our skin and eyes. It helps to cool our body.
You need to dip the vegetable in plain water at least 20 minutes. Wash it nicely and then use it.
I have used cucumber peel and some pulp, coconut, tamarind and red chilly.
Let us see the recipe now :
No Onion or Garlic is used in this chutney.

Ingredients :

Cucumber Peel : 1 Bowl
Roasted urid dal : 1 Teaspoon
Red byadagi chilly : 4 to 5
Tamarind pulp : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Coconut : 1/2 coconut of small size
Seasoning  with coconut oil, mustard seeds, ingh and curry leaves.


Method :

1. Wash and soak 1 cucumber in plain water for 30 minutes.


2. Wash again and peel its outer layer and keep it aside. ( I have used some amount of pulp also).


3. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
4. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put a teaspoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of urid dal.
5. Fry till urid dal turn golden brown. Add red chilly and fry for a minute.


6. Add curry leaves and ingh. Mix it well and put off the gas.
7. Grind fried urid mixture, cucumber peel and pulp, tamarind and required salt. Add very little water to grind.

8. Remove the ground chutney to a serving dish and add mustard seasoning with curry leaves and ingh.

9. Mix it well and serve with the main dish you have prepared.

Note :

No need to cook cucumber peel. It looses its property once you cook. Adding more / less chilly is optional. Adding any cooking oil instead of coconut oil is optional. Do not add much water to grind. Chutney turns watery and it does not taste good. Urid dal helps the chutney to bind. (or it turns watery).
Time : 15 Minutes + 30 Minutes to soaking cucumber in plain water.
Serves : 2 to 3 .

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mangalore Cucumber Mustard Curry / Sasive.

Mangalore Southekai/bannada southekai/ Mangalore cucumber is handy vegetable for many people like me.
We can prepare lots of yummy dishes and it is a healthy vegetable.


I have prepared Mangalore Cucumber Mustard Curry /Sasive here. Mustard seeds are used with coconut to grind thats how it is called as Sasive. 
Let us see the recipe now:
It is easy, simple, yummy and bit spicy.
No Onion or NO garlic is used in this  Mangalore Cucumber Mustard Curry/ Sasive.

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Mangalore Cucumber : 1/2 of one medium size cucumber.
To Grind :
Coconut : 1/2 Cup
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Tamarind : Marble size
Ingh / Asafoetida : A pinch
To Add :
Ground Mustard - Coconut mixture
Mustard seasoning
Salt : As required
To Seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Ingh / Asafoetida : A pinch

Method

1. Remove the outer layer and the inner part/pulp completely and cut it into small.
2. Put the pieces in water and leave it for 5 minutes. ( Any bitter in the vegetable will wash off).
3. Now pressure cook this cucumber pieces for 3 to 4 mintues and put off the fire.
4.Grate coconut and grind it with Tamarind,   3 to 4 red chilly and mustard seeds.
5. Keep cooked cucumber pieces in a pan and keep it on the fire.
6. Add required salt and put water if necessary. Add  a pinch of turmeric powder.
7. Let it boil for 2 minutes. Put ground masala and mix it well. Cook on low flame for 3 to 4 minutes.
8. Shift the curry to a serving dish. Add mustard seasoning and serve with plain /any main dishes.


Note :

Cut the cucumber pieces bit small. Do not add much water to cook. Curry should be thick to enjoy with hot plain rice and ghee. Adding curd instead of tamarind is optional. Adding more coconut helps the curry to be tasty. Use of more/less chilly is optional. Use of any other cooking oil instead of coconut oil is optional.
Time : 20 Minutes.
Serves : 2 to 3

Monday, February 26, 2018

SET DOSA (URID -CUCUMBER SET DOSA)

Set Dosa..Who does not like it? It is soft, Its fluffy, it is simply super to have. Healthy to the core. I have prepared this "Set dosas " with same ingredients but added something while grinding and let it for fermentation and the wonderful dosa we prepared the next morning and it was just Wow.
I have used cucumber, urid dal, raw rice.

Let us see some benefits of eating Cucumber in our diet.
Cucumber is filled with nutrients. It is good for overall health. Cucumber is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folic acid and it is rich in fiber. This vegetable is rich in minerals like magnesium, potassium and silica. Cucumber is very good for skin health and eye health. It helps to cool the body and mind. Cucumber is for preventing acidity and helps to keep our skin well toned. It helps to prevent constipation. Helps in managing diabetes. Lowers the blood pressure. Helps to reduce the risk of kidney stone. Keeps our body functioning well.


You can prepare dosas with same dosa batter in different ways, like fluffy dosa ( set dosa), crispy dosa and soft dosa) as above shown in the picture.

Lets see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Raw Rice : 2 Cups
Urid Dal : 1/2 Cup
Methi Seeds/Fenugirk Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Avalakki/Poha/Aval/Flattened rice : 2 Handful
Cucumber : 1 Medium size
Salt : As required
Oil /Ghee : 3 to 4 Tablespoons.

Method : 

1. Wash and soak rice, urid dal, methi seeds together for 2 to 3 hours. Soak Avalakki separately.
2. Wash and remove the outer layer of cucumber and grind it with all the ingredients.

3. Use very little water to grind. (Cucumber helps to grind the ingredients).
4. Put the ground batter to a big bowl and add salt. Mix it well and let it rest for fermenting.
5. It should be fermented well to get good fluffy dosas. ( Over night or 6 to 7 hours).


6. Mix the batter well. Add water if require and it is ready to prepare dosas.
7. Keep a pan/dosa pan on the fire and heat. Sprinkle some oil and clean it with a kitchen tissue.
8. Take a ladle full of batter and just put it and spread it. ( It should not be pressed while spreading).
9. Add little oil/ghee on the top, cover and cook for a minute on medium flame.


10. Remove the cover and turn the other side of dosa and cook for 10 to 20 seconds.
11. Repeat the same with remaining batter and prepare dosas.


12. Set dosas are ready to serve. Serve with your choice of side dish.

Note :

Removing the outer layer of cucumber is optional. The batter should be fermented well to get good fluffy dosas. Adding ghee is optional. Do not make the batter too watery while grinding.
I have not added the cucumber with its cover. Wash it well and dip in plain water for at least 20 minutes before using the cucumber.
Do not add any cooking soda or any other substance like Eno.
Time : Soaking Time : Rice 3 Hours , 
Grinding : 10 minutes in Mixi jar/ 30 minutes or little more in Grinder. (Grate the cucumber and then add cucumber while grinding rice).
Fermenting the batter : 6 to 8 hours /Over Night.
Preparing Dosas : 30 Minutes.
Serves :  5 to 6 . (According to size ).
South Canara Recipe : India : Karnataka : Udupi.

Dosa turns green when add cucumber without removing the outer layer.  (Green dosa).
 Fluffy dosa:

Crispy dosa from cucumber -urid dal dosa batter

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cucumber - Jaggery Dosa & Guli Appa

Cucumber/Mullu southekai as we call it, is mainly used in salads and eaten raw. We do make use of it in curries, idli, roti or dosa.

Here I have prepared Sweet Dosa, using Cucumber, Bottle gourd and the normal dosa ingredients with jaggery.
Cucumber Jaggery Dosa turns soft once it is fully fermented. Soak rice for 2 to 3 hours and grind it with cucumber and strictly no water. The batter should be thick and you can add water if needed once you start preparing dosa the next day morning or after 5 to 5 hours.
This is one of the South Canara /Udupi recipe which my doddamma and amma used to prepare. Dosa turns soft and fluffy and very nice to have them for breakfast or as snack.
Let us see some benefits of having breakfast in the morning.
Breakfast is one of the best meal for the day. It gives energy for the whole day. It helps to strengthen  metabolism and helps you to concentrate at work.Eating breakfast is good for health. It helps for better memory and concentration, lowers the bad cholesterol and helps in increasing good cholesterol.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Raw Rice : 2 Cups
Urid dal : 1/2 Cup
Methi /Fenugrik seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Fresh grated coconut : 2 Tablespoons
Cucumber : 2 (Very small ones or 1 medium size)
Grated bottle gourd : 1 Small bowl. (1/2 bottle gourd of medium size)
Jaggery : 2 Tablespoons./Powdered
Salt : As required
Oil/ghee : 2 to 3 Tablespoons


Method :

1. Wash and soak raw rice, urid dal and methi seeds together for 2 to 3 hours.

2. Grate coconut. Wash cucumber and cut into small pieces. Grate bottle gourd.

3. Now grind soaked rice-dal mixture with coconut,grated bottle gourd and cucumber till paste.


4. Add jaggery to the dough. Grind it for 2 minutes. Remove from mixi jar to a big bowl and add salt. Mix it well and let it ferment nicely till next morning/Overnight.



5. Mix the dough nicely.

6. Next morning see that dough is fermented well. Dough should be like normal dosa consistency.
7. Keep a pan on the fire and add very little oil and clean it with a kitchen tissue.
8. Take a ladle full of Cucumber jaggery dosa dough and pour it on the hot pan.

9. Do not spread much. Add oil on the top, cover and cook on medium flame for a minute.
10. Remove the cover and turn the dosa on the other side and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.


11. Remove it from the pan. Dosa is ready to serve.

12. Serve it with a spoon of fresh ghee on the top of hot Cucumber jaggery dosa and a side dish of your wish.

Note :
The dough has to be fermented well or you will not get good dosas. So you need to see the dough is fermented well. Use of jaggery more /less is optional. Thick dosas taste better. Spreading and making it thin might tare and it will not come out of the pan. Let the flame be low while pouring the dough to the pan and then increase the flame to medium flame). I have used organic jaggery. Powder the jaggery and then add it. ( It is easy to grind powdered jaggery). Adding bottle gourd is optional. ( I have added grated bottle gourd while grinding along with cucumber). Time : Soaking the ingredients 3 hours + grinding 10 minutes and fermentation over night/6 to 7 hours.
Dosa preparation : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

You can also prepare Guli appa /guntponglu/kuli appam/paddu using the same dough. I added little grated carrots on the top of Guli appa.