Thursday, April 9, 2009

Cucumber Salad

In India, these tender cucumbers are common street food - sold cut with a little bit of salt and chilli powder. The cucumber is soft enough to eat without peeling - just wash, slice off the two ends and cut into pieces.


Aren't they gorgeous?


To celebrate these cucumbers, here's a really lovely flavorful and cool salad that's extremely easy to put together and looks impressive. It's a nice addition to a summer lunch!

Cucumber Salad
(adapted from Vidhu Mittal's "Pure and Simple")

2 Cucumbers, sliced thin

Dressing:
1/2 cup Yogurt (I used non-fat, but I'm sure any kind of yogurt will work)
2 tbsp Mint Leaves, chopped
2 tsp Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vinegar
A pinch of Salt

For the Garnish:
1/4 cup Peanuts, chopped

Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl. Keep refrigerated.

When ready to serve, spoon the dressing over the cucumbers and top with peanuts.

35 comments:

Superchef said...

WOW!! that picture is mindblowing. You gave a simple cucumber salad such a gourmet look!! great job!! :)

Madhu said...

Looks very different from regular cucumbers, this is the first time I am seeing this. Cool recipe with cute cucumber.

Lavi said...

Chopped Peanuts is a nice idea! Great Summer Salad!

delhibelle said...

I used to LOVE this..its called 'kakdi" in Delhi.
Your salad looks so refreshing.

Chitra said...

nice post for summer.looks great!!

Sanghi said...

Lovley salad, apt for the season!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Cool and crunchy...Yum.

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy dear

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy dear

Arundathi said...


Thanks Everyone!

DEESHA said...

this is a very good-looking salad Arundathi

Holler said...

Those cucumbers are amazing! I would never have guessed what they are.

Asha said...

They are as gorgeous as they are scary to look at! ;D

I thought they were snake gourd. Salad looks yum,

Vani said...

Never seen cukes that look like that! Looks tender and soft. Salad looks great!

Jescel said...

you got me, i thought they were snakes at first glance! LOL! i've never seen such cucumbers before... your salad looks soo gourmet.. would love to pop one of those in my mouth! looks so refreshing!

Priya said...

I love these tender cucumbers much..thats a brilliant idea of adding peanuts..

bee said...

here they are called armenian cucumbers. we grew a lot last year.

Arundathi said...


Thanks everyone.

I guess they do look a bit scary! lol!

churningthewordmill.wordpress.com said...

arundhati, u n i are getting telepathic.. i swear!! u got marmalade jam at home n i put up the marmalade cake...n just today i bought these cucumber!! we dont get these kind of cucmbers v often in bombay.. used to eat them by the truck load in delhi tho..

from my motorhome to yours said...

wow that looks great I love trying food from other countries

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Nicely arranged and I love the use of peanuts... Who would deny such lovely salad???

Arundathi said...


Churning the Word Mill - LOL!! That's too funny! I still have to make the marmalade cake - might just do that today. Try this salad, its great for the summer!

From my motorhome to yours - I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Ramya Vijaykumar - Not me! Thanks!

Divya Vikram said...

They look cute! perfect to welcome summer..

Aparna said...

We like these summer cucumbers, keera I think they're called? We just don't get them here.:(

Madhumathi said...

I love these cucumbers.Nice cucumber salad recipe :)

Dragon said...

They look like snakes! :)

Bharti said...

I love these snippets of life there. The salad sounds yum.

Arundathi said...


Thanks everyone.
Aparna, are they called keera? I didn't know that. Thanks.

Malini Sood Horiuchi said...

just beautiful - great presentation!

Arundathi said...


Thanks Malini!

myspicykitchen said...

cucumbers are lovely... beautiful presentation....

Arundathi said...

myspicykitchen - Thank you

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Those cucumbers are so unusual, thankyou for introducing us to something new! :)

Arundathi said...

Lorraine - Oh are they new? Maybe they are known as something else there? I hope you find them - they're really tender and delicious

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