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Cucumber Lentils Soup

26 May

Okay!! Till I invent new,this is the second dish which I cook with cucumber. The English Cucumbers which we get here are really big ones approx 30cm length and more fleshy. Sometimes half of the cucumber will be lying in the fridge for days. When the Cucumber is fresh it is nice to have it raw but when it looses it freshness, I make this cucumber soup. Nice to have it in a rainy cold weather.

Ingredients:

  1. Cucumber – 1/2 , peeled and cut in to small chunks
  2. Moong dhal – 1/6 cup (can use different kind of lentils too)
  3. Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  4. Onion – 1/2 , finelly chopped
  5. Butter – 1/2 Tbs
  6. Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
  7. Pepper – 1/4 tsp
  8. Salt for taste
  9. Corriander leaves – for garnishing.

Method :

1. Add the Cumcumber, lentils, salt, turmeric ,onion  and 2/3 cup of water and cook it a pressure cooker.

2. Smash it very well with the spoon . After that transfer it to a bowl.

3. Now do the seasoning. In a hot pan add butter once it melts add cumin powder . Transfer this to soup bowl.

4.Add coriander leaves and pepper before serving.

 
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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.

Ingredients:

  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

Preparation:

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.