CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU

Bored of using cucumber only in salads ? How about " Cucumber Idlis " ? Interesting ? I know for most of you ,Cucumber Idli may sound like an alien.But if you ask any Manglorean (Southern Karnataka,India) , I'm sure they would say " Southekayi kadubu / Taushe Idli / Kadamb  " as their all time favorite.Yes,that's how its known locally. These almost instant aromatic idlis are apt for a Sunday morning breakfast.

CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU

In Konkani , Taushe means cucumber and this dish is actually a trademark dish of Konkanis.I learn this dish from my mom who in turn learnt it from her Konkani neighbour.You can make both sweet and savory version of these idlis and both taste awesome.Traditionally these idlis are wrapped in banana leafs or turmeric leaves and later steam cooked. Aahh...When steaming these idlis, the whole house smells so divine especially if using turmeric leaf. But in cities,for day to day cooking,we have compromised and altered many traditional methods.So in this recipe too , for convenience,instead of  banana / turmeric leaf ,normal idli molds or cups are used. Of course it cant beat the heady aroma infused from leaves , but there is no compromise in taste.

Cucumber idlis does not require any fermentation. Also no soaking and grinding if you have rice rava in stock. Best part is it is so filling and healthy and apt dish to finish off those not so fresh cucumbers.Do try for sure and let me know what you have to say about them...Here goes the recipe..

Bored of using cucumber only in salads ? How about " Cucumber Idlis " ? Interesting ? I know for most of you ,Cucumber Idli may sound like an alien.But if you ask any Manglorean (Southern Karnataka,India) , I'm sure they would say " Southekayi kadubu / Taushe Idli / Kadamb " as their all time favori...

CUCUMBER IDLI (SAVORY VERSION )

Summary

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Ingredients

Grated Cucumber
2 glass
Rice rava
1 glass
Grated coconut
1/2 glass
Curd (optional)
2-3 tbsps
Green chilli - finely chopped
2-3 ;
Coriander leaves - finely chopped
a handful
Curry leaves few ; finely chopped
Mustard seeds
1 tsp
Oil (Coconut oil pref ) for tempering + for greasing idly molds
1 tbsp
Salt

Steps

  1. Wash and grate cucumber. Peeling its skin is optional; i don't.
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU
  2. Mix grated cucumber,grated coconut ,rice rava and salt in a mixing bowl .
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU
  3. Set aside for about 30 mins - 1 hour. Setting aside makes cucumber leave water,which would be absorbed by rice rava.
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU
  4. In a small kadai or pan , prepare tempering.Add oil.When its hot add mustard seeds.When it splutters, add green chilli and curry leaves.Fry for 1 min. Switch off.Pour this tempering to the cucumber idli mix.Add curd and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. If the mixture consistency is too dry, add very little water. The batter should be just binding kind of.
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU
  5. Heat water in a steamer.Grease idli molds with oil .Pour the batter into idli stand.
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU
  6. Steam for 15 mins on medium flame.Prick a tooth pick,if it comes clean it means its done.
  7. Allow it to cool a bit and remove from molds using a spoon or knife.
  8. Thats its spicy cucumber idlis are ready to serve. Serve them hot with a dash of coconut oil and mango pickle / coconut chutney / coriander chutney / chutney powder.
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU
Bored of using cucumber only in salads ? How about " Cucumber Idlis " ? Interesting ? I know for most of you ,Cucumber Idli may sound like an alien.But if you ask any Manglorean (Southern Karnataka,India) , I'm sure they would say " Southekayi kadubu / Taushe Idli / Kadamb " as their all time favori...

CUCUMBER IDLI (Sweet Version)

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Ingredients

Raw rice / Rice rava
1 glass
Grated Cucumber
1 glass
Grated coconut
1/2 glass
Grated or powdered jaggery ( depending on your pref)
1/4 - 1/2 glass
Elaichi / cardamom powder
1/2 tsp
Ghee - (optional ) + for greasing idly molds
1 tsp

Steps

  1. Washand grate cucumber.If you want you can peel its skin, i normally don't.
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU
  2.  Mix grated cucumber,grated coconut ,rice rava and jaggery in a mixing bowl .
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU
  3. Set aside for about 30 mins - 1 hour. Setting aside will make cucumber and jaggery leave water,which would be absorbed by rice rava.Add cardamom powder and ghee (optional). Mix well.Don't add any extra water.
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU
  4. Heat water in a steamer.Grease idli molds with oil .Pour the batter into idli stand.
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU
  5. Steam for 20 -30mins on medium flame.Prick a tooth pick,if it comes clean it means its done.
  6. Allow it to cool a bit and remove from molds using a spoon or knife.
  7.  Thats its sweet cucumber idlis are ready to serve. Serve them hot or warm with a dollop of ghee and or honey .
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU
    CUCUMBER IDLI / TAUSHE IDLI / SOUTHEKAYI KADUBU

NOTE :

  1. If you don't have rice rava, you can make it at home like this: Soak raw rice for 1hr. Drain water completely. Spread it on a cloth or paper towel for about 10 mins,so that the grains become dry. Grind the rice in a mixer to a coarse consistency.Home made rice rava is ready..
  2. Instead of rice rava you van do this with normal upma rava too. Procedure is same .
  3. The batter of idli should not be watery. It will make the idlis soggy. In case cucumber leaves more water, the mixture becomes watery, add little rava to fix it.
  4. Setting aside of 30 mins - 1 hour is important . Else the texture of idly will be dry n they would be hard.
  5. Note that sweet version will leave out more water because of jaggery. It will take little more time to cook too.
  6. Instead of cucumber you can add grated sweet pumpkin / grated carrot . For savory versions, you can also do it with dill leaves. They all taste awesome.

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