Monday, August 4, 2014

Cucumber Seeds Rasam.

Cucumber Seeds Rasam may sound strange to you. This rasam is done using Mangalore Cucumber or Bannada Sauthekai as we say in Kannada langauge. It is also known as curry cucumber and used in Southern part of India.

Curry cucumber is known as  Mangalooru Sauthekai in Kannada, Tamil it is Velarekai, Vellarikka in Malayalam and Kheera or Kakadi in Hindi and Shosha in Bengali. Here I have used the pulp and seeds of Curry cucumber to prepare Rasam or Saaru as we call it. Fresh coconut milk adds to the health count. It is one of the traditional and rural prepared dish and its 100% healthy dish. Normally eaten with plain rice. This rasam (Saaru), helps to keep the body cool in summer. We can also serve this dish as a healthy drink in summer.

Here is a recipe of Cucumber seeds and we can have this saaru with plain rice or even this can be served as a Thirst filling Drink instead of fizzy drinks.

Things Needed :

Cucumber seeds and pulp : 1 Bowl.
Butter milk : 1 Glass
Coconut : 2 Table spoons
Ghee : 1/2 Tea spoon
Red Chilly : 1
Mustard Seeds : 1/4 Tea spoon
Salt : to taste '
Curry leaves : 3 to 4
Ingh : a pinch
Jeera : 1/4 Tea spoon.

Method :

1. Remove the pulp and seeds from the Curry cucumber and keep it aside.

2. Grate coconut and keep it aside.

3. Now grind coconut and cucumber pulp with seeds nicely.

4. Stain the ground cucumber pulp - coconut mixture in a stainer.

5. Put the clear mixture in a bowl. Add butter milk or curd to it.  ( Add water if you use curd and mix it well ).
6. Add salt and mix it well.
7. Keep a pan on the fire. Heat and put ghee, mustard seeds and red chilly.
8. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Add jeera, ingh and curry leaves and put off the fire.
9. Put this ghee fried mixture to the rasam. 

10 Serve this rasam with plain Rasam.

Note :

You must check the pulp. Some time it may taste bitter. Do not use the bitter pulp. It is unhealthy and you will not be able to enjoy the rasam since it taste bitter. You can add more coconut to grind and extract more coconut milk. Do not add more chilly because it should be mild.
Time : 10 Minutes
Serves : 2 to 3.


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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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