Cucumber Kootu (Cucumber Lentils Curry)

25 May

The best way to consume Cucumber is to eat it raw and having it in salad. As it contains 90 % of water content and helps reducing the heat from the body. During rainy cold season, I would like to always make warm food (or) When I have abundant quantity of Cucumber,  I prefer to go for this Cucumber kootu. Kootu is a semi solid curry made by combination of lentils and vegetables. This recipe is influenced from my mother.


  1. Cucumber – 1, medium size peeled and cut in to small chunks, remove the seeds if it not tender and soft
  2. Onion – 1, medium size finely shopped
  3. Lentils – 1/4 cup (Moong dhal, can be tried with other lentils too)
  4. Oil – 1 Tbs
  5. Mustard – 1 tsp
  6. Cumin – 1/2 tsp
  7. Urad dhal – 1 Tbs
  8. Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
  9. Turmeric –  1/4 tsp
  10. Dry Red chilli – 3 nos
  11. Curry leaves – 1 strand
  12. Salt for taste


1. In a vessel add the lentils, cucumber, onion, turmeric, salt  and 1 cup of water and pressure cook it and transfer it to a bowl.

2. Do the seasoning.In a hot pan add oil, Mustard and wait to crackle. Add urad dhal, cumin , dry red chilli, asafoetida  and curry leaves and stir for 2 minutes in a medium heat.

3. Now add the seasoning to the cucumber kootu and mix it up. It is ready to be served with Rice or as an side dish.

Tip : 1. A spoon of clarified butter and Rice mixed with this Cucumber kootu would give a wonderful taste.

2. Also good combo with Indian bread

3. If the Cucumber skin is tender, use it in the recipe as it also contains nutrients.


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  1. praniskitchen

    May 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    really delicious one sri..i like this combination.sometime i try with different ccucumber.. best curry for chapati n rice

  2. uma

    May 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    cucumber with lentils is a new combo, definitely worth trying!

  3. Shriya

    May 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Sounds interesting and delicious. Nice idea of trying kootu with cucumber.

  4. Suman

    May 25, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    thats an healthy n delicious looking dal…never tried cooking cucumber in any dals…nice idea n perfect recipe.

  5. Priya

    May 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    My mom do this often when i was kid, my favourite dish with fish fry…makes me nostalgic..

  6. tasteofbeirut

    May 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    What a lovely and unusual dish! If it comes from mom, then surely it is delicious! I consume a lot of cucumbers raw, of course, but would love to switch to a different method like this one, once in a while; sounds good.

  7. Gita Jaishankar

    May 25, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Cucumber dhal looks good…this combo is new to me….I have to try this 🙂

  8. Suja Sugathan

    May 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Healthy and delicious dal dear..wonderful recipe.i would love to try this kootu

  9. love2cook

    May 25, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Curry looks really thick and yummy! I love thick curries! 😉

  10. Sushma Mallya

    May 26, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Something very different & a unique one….i would love to try this soon, thanks for sharing it sri

  11. Chetana

    May 26, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Hi Sridevi,
    New to ur wonderful page.
    Liked the idea of using cucumber in a kothu…
    Will keep coming bk…meanwhile a food blogger fm down under.

  12. SathyaSridhar

    May 26, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Cucumber kootu sounds interesting n came out perfect. Nice kootu goes well with hot rasam rice. In Summer, I have the cucumber with salt n chilli powder hmmm it taste very good.

  13. style

    May 26, 2010 at 5:03 am

    wow this foood looks delicious love it amazing recipe

  14. Jay

    May 26, 2010 at 5:46 am

    very healthy n new recipe…sounds like must try.
    You are most welcome to my space.

  15. latha

    May 26, 2010 at 8:13 am

    this cucumber kootu sounds healthy, especially for this summer.

  16. Manju Rajender

    May 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I totally agree with you. The best way is to eat them raw :). Especially the small varieties that we get in India are awesome. This dhal -cucumber combination is new for me. I will try sometime.

  17. Hema

    May 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Sounds good and interesting recipe. Need to try.


    June 7, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Cucumber dhal sounds wonderful I would have never tried this combination its very innovative.

  19. viji

    May 26, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Nice recipes posted 🙂