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Cucumber Kootu

Cucumber kootu is a delicious South Indian dish made with cucumber, lentils, and coconut. It is a simple and healthy dish that can be served with rice or chapati.  Enjoy your cucumber kootu!

Cucumber Kootu

Recipe by S Kamala
Recipe rating: N/A
Course: KootuCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Looking for a delicious side dish to complement your spicy kuzhambu? Try this cucumber kootu recipe, perfect with Chapati/roti too!


  • Cucumber – 1

  • Green Gram Dhal – 1/4 cup

  • Sambar powder – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder – a pinch

  • Coconut Gratings – 1 tablespoon (optional)

  • Salt – ½ teaspoon or as per taste

  • For seasoning:
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

  • Mustard – ½ teaspoon

  • Urad Dal – 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida powder – 2 pinches

  • Onion chopped – 1 tablespoon

  • Tomato chopped – 1 tablespoon

  • Curry leaves – few

  • Coriander Leaves- few


  • Peel the cucumber and chop it into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  • In an open vessel, cook the green gram dal with sufficient water and a pinch of turmeric powder. Continue cooking until the dal becomes soft and tender.
  • Add the prepared cucumber pieces to the cooked dal. Sprinkle in some sambar powder and salt for flavor. Stir the mixture well and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the cucumber becomes soft.
  • Incorporate grated coconut into the mixture, stirring thoroughly to combine.
  • In a separate small kadai or frying pan, heat a teaspoon of oil over medium heat. Once hot, add mustard seeds and wait for them to start popping. Follow this with urad dal, a pinch of asafoetida powder, curry leaves, and finely chopped onion. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes to the kadai and cook briefly until they soften.
  • Transfer this seasoning mixture to the dal-cucumber blend and mix well to evenly distribute the flavors.
  • Garnish the dish with freshly chopped coriander leaves before serving.

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  • Adding coconut is optional. You can also grind the coconut along with little cumin and add to the kootu.
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