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

July 6, 2013

Soutekayi dose recipe - Thounse dose - How to make cucumber dosa

cucumber dosa in a serving plate
Soutekayi dose recipe - Cucumber dosa is a healthy dosa prepared with rice, coconut and cucumber. This is a very easy to prepare dosa, which imparts the mixed flavor of cucumber and coconut. My mother was making it using large sized green cucumber grown in the back yard of our house.  But, here I don't get that variety. 

I  have used small variety of cucumber, which is also flavorful and there is not much difference between the two. The batter for this dosa doesn't need fermentation. It can be used immediately after grinding. The left over batter can be stored in the refrigerator for two days. This dosa is usually served with liquid jaggery and coconut chutney. Note that do not add water while grinding. The cucumber itself has lots of water content. If the batter is too dry then add water. 

Preparation time - 15 minutes
Cooking time - 25 minutes
Yield - 10 dosa

Ingredients
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cucumber or  2 cups  grated cucumber
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh coconut
  • Salt to taste

Method
1.  Wash and peel the cucumbers. 
peeled cucumber

2.  Grate the cucumbers and set aside.

grate the cucumber

3.  Wash and soak the rice for 3 hours.  After 3 hours, drain the water. 

soak the rice

4.  Combine the rice, cucumber and fresh coconut together and grind it through a mixer to a smooth paste. Do not add water. If it is too dry then add required water to make a pouring consistency  thin batter. Add salt and mix well. 
grind the rice, cucumber, coconut together

5.  Heat a  griddle on medium flame. Apply 1/4 tsp oil on it. Pour 1 ladleful of batter and spread it gently to make a thin dosa. Cover with lid and cook dosa for 2 minutes. 
heat a griddle and spread dosa abatter

6.  When the dosa leaves the edges and bottom of the griddle, flip it and cook from other side too.
cook form both sides

7.  When done, serve the cucumber dosa hot with chutney and liquid jaggery.
serve the cucumber dos a with chutney

May 17, 2013

Cucumber raita recipe - How to make cucumber raita

cucumber raita in a serving bowl

Cucumber raita recipe - Keep your system as cool as cucumber by eating refreshing chilled cucumber raita. I often make raita and salad with cucumber and other vegetables since summer has started.  The goodness of yogurt with the cucumber makes this raita refreshing and healthy. It also cools our system. Cucumber is low in calories, therefore persons who wish to reduce weight, eat raw cucumber. Note that to keep the nutrition intact,  peel and chop the washed cucumber just before the use. 

Preparation -10 minutes
Cooking time - 2 minutes
Yield - serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 + 1/4 cups curd / yogurt
  • 2 medium sized cucumber
  • 1 tbsp ground nut powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

For the tempering
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • ½  tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • 1 small green chilli, finely chopped

Method
  1. Wash, pat dry  and keep the cucumber in the refrigerator.
  2. To make the raita curd, strain the curd  for about 10 minutes using a stainless steel strainer. 
  3. Transfer this raita curd to a bowl  and keep it  in the fridge for about an hour. Allow it to chill.
  4. While making raita, peel the cucumber and chop them finely.
  5. Take a large bowl and combine together the curd, sugar and salt. Whip it  well. 
  6. Then add the ground nut powder, chopped cucumber and coriander leaves. Mix gently.
  7. Heat ghee in a small pan and add the cumin seeds to it. When they crackle nicely, add the chopped green chillies and saute for a while. 
  8. Pour this tempering over the raita and mix well.
  9. Serve the cucumber raita in a serving bowl. Goes well with spicy rice, biryani or pulao.
Cucumber raita - step by step pictures

1.  Wash the cucumber thoroughly and pat dry.  Keep it in the  refrigerator and chill it.
washed cucumbers
2.  Peel the cucumber as shown below.
peeled cucumbers
3.  Cut it into small pieces and set aside.
cucumber cut into small pieces
4.  Take the raita yogurt in a bowl. Add the cucumber pieces, cilantro, ground nut powder and salt.
mix cucumber, yogurt, cilantro, salt  together
5.  Make a tempering of ghee, jeera and green chillies. Pour this tempering over raita. Mix well.
jeera , green chilli tempering poured on raita
6.  Serve the cucumber raita in a serving bowl. Goes well with spicy rice, biryani or pulao.
serve the cucumber raita

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