Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cucumber Sambar

       Doesn't this sounds interesting.When i heared about cucumber sambar for the very first time i was also surprised how it's done.When my MIL taught me this sambar i was very impressed and was tasty too.So now i'm sharing the recipe with you.As i did this for very first time and can say an experimenting process,so i did it in very less quantity and with a small cucumber too.


Cucumber 1 no
Onion 1 no
Tamarind pulp 1 1/2 tbsp(thick)
Jaggery(optional) 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/8 tsp
Water Req
Salt Req          

To roast and grind : 

Urad dal 1 tsp
Channa dal 2 tsp
Dhania 1 tsp
Cumin seeds and pepper 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek 1/4 tsp
Red Chillies 3 nos
Grated coconut 3-4 tsp
Hing 1 generous pinch

Seasoning :

Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves Few

Method :

1.Peel the cucumber skin and cut into cubes.

2.Roast all the items given in the roast and grind column one by one.Add the grated coconut finally and allow it to cool and then grind as a paste by adding required water.

3.Now take wok/kadai and season with the seasoning items.Then add onion and saute for few seconds.No need to saute till the onion turns transparent.

4.Now add the tamarind pulp, jaggery, turmeric powder , salt and water.Then add the cucumber and boil it till the cucumber becomes soft(but we prefer little crunchy).

5.Once the cucumber becomes soft add the grind-ed paste and if required add salt and water and allow it to boil.

6.Now the sambar is ready.Serve it with hot rice,ghee and appalam.

Notes :

1.If the spicy is not enough can add even red chillie powder.

2.While the roasting the items given in the roast and grind column take care that it doesn't burn as it will give a bitter taste as fenugreek will taste bitter if its burnt.

3.Channa dal and grated coconut will thicken the gravy.So while adding more quantity should not add more.

Tamarind Pulp:

   Normally i use to soak tamarind in water in more quantity along with salt for around 1hr.Then will grind in the mixie and make it as a paste and will strain it.Then will keep on fire in low flame and make it warm and store in a air tight container and refrigerate.This will come for more than 2 weeks and i will be using this tamarind pulp for all day to day cooking.

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Now Serving said...

This is indeed a new "thaan" of veggie with sambar - I wonder if it tasted like pumpkin or radish? I have some cucumbers and am curious to try this
Thanks for this new way of using cukes - cheers, priya

Sudha Sabarish said...

Thanks priya for ur comments.

b/w u can surely feel the cucumber taste if u don't leave it to boil until soft.Since we prefer it to be crunchy as i mentioned above we were able to feel the cucumber taste.

Santosh Bangar said...

never used cucumber in sambhar . i think it has good taste.
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Babli said...

Absolutely new version of preparing sambar. Very innovative recipe. Looks delicious and yummy. I liked the addition of cucumber in sambar.

Deeksha said...

I never cooked sambar with cucumber. Sounds delicious. Will definitely try this.

aipi said...

very new sambhar recipe ~ can bet on the delicious flavors though :)
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Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Delicious sambar,luks so healthy n yummy...

jeyashrisuresh said...

very interesting and unique one. perfect for this summer

sm said...

Looks delicious and yummy.
nice pics

Saras said...

I use to prepare this sambar with out jaggery..Simple & delicious...Thanks for sending to my event..
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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, that looks super delicious, very new veggie for me to go into sambar.


My MIL makes kootu with it,sambar sounds interesting too!
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Prathibha said...

Nice sambar....we dont make sambar wid cucumber,nice idea

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

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Anyways would love to hear a word from u too...
this looks cucumbers...any leftovers pls.?..Yummo
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Kurryleaves said...

sound interesting...looks delicious

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Cucumber sambar is really interesting.. great dish it is..