Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mild Cucumber Curry (Throwback Thursday)

2011 Photo
Some of you may think cooking a cucumber is a little strange.  But this cucumber curry had me at first bite. This is one my mother's recipes and I have loved it since I was a kid.  Cooking the cucumber with these interesting spices and aromatics (like garlic) makes it just develop into delicious dish to serve with rice and curry.  In Sri Lanka we always try to have a mild curry with each of our meals to offset the spicier dishes.  Lentils are usually the favored mild curry to use in most households.  But I find this cucumber curry a wonderful change of pace and it really is one of my favorites. 


  • Two large regular cucumbers (English cucumbers are not recommended)
  •  1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 green chili seeded and chopped
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds
  • 1 small cinnamon stick or piece
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Salt to taste
 Mustard/ Garlic Paste:

  • 2 cloves of garlic (large pieces)
  • 2 Tbs of raw rice (rinsed)
  • 1 Tbs of mustard seed
  • 1/2 cup of milk **   I used regular cows milk.  
  • If you are trying to make this vegan, you can use coconut milk.


Peel the cucumbers and seed them.  This is an important step because you don't want the cucumber seeds in the dish.  Simply scrape the cucumber down the center with a spoon until all the seeds are gone.  Then slice the cucumber into half moons (1/4 inch thick) as pictured. 

In a large pan add all the ingredients (except the mustard/garlic paste) and allow to cook on medium-high heat.  Cook until the cucumbers become fork tender(but not mushy).

Make the Mustard/ Garlic paste by blending ingredients in a blender.
 Blend until smooth.

Note:  you will use another half cup of milk to rinse out the blender. 1 cup of milk is used in total for the dish.

Add the garlic/mustard paste and the milk into the cucumber curry.  Stir well and allow the curry to cook for another few minutes until all the flavors are combined well. 

Taste for salt before you turn off the stove. Your cucumbers should be tender and the dish a cheery yellow color.  Serves 4-6 people. Enjoy with rice and your favorite spicy curries.

Copyright: All recipes, content, and images (unless otherwise stated) are the sole property of Curry and Comfort. Please do not use without prior written consent. Unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited.


  1. I have never had a cucumber curry before. Looks so flavourful and appetizing.

  2. Cooking cucumbers is a different type of concept for me. I guess it makes sense because a curry is a little spicier and cucumbers have a cooling effect. I would try it!

  3. Hi,
    First time here, you have a splendid blog with some really beautiful clicks n good recipes :P
    The cucumber curry is worth trying, thanks for the recipe.
    Hope to see u more often :P

  4. love cucumber curry i make similar looks fabulous

  5. You seriously make everything look good.

  6. Well, I have never imagined cooking a cucumber until now but it sounds really good! Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes!

  7. I have a goodly amount of cucumber growing in that garden...this is going on my must make list.

  8. I am a bengali and my mom taught me something similar and we call it 'shukto' and boy do I love it !!! one of my fav fav dish

  9. This is an interesting dish- one I will be trying when the garden starts putting out lots of cukes. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of folks
    you actually know very you're referring to! Bookmarked. Please also visit my internet site =). We will possess a exchanging links agreement between us!
    my page: curarine

  11. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it's truly

    informative. I am gonna watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you continue

    this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!
    Stop by my blog :: orbit

  12. Greetings from Los angeles! I'm bored at

    work so I decided to browse your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the information you present here and can't wait to take a look
    when I get home. I'm

    amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my mobile .. I'm
    not even using WIFI,

    just 3G .. Anyways, fantastic blog!
    My web site -

  13. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or

    something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little
    bit, but

    other than that, this is great blog. A

    fantastic read. I will certainly be back.
    My site - automotive insurance quotes

  14. What’s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have discovered

    absolutely helpful and it has aided me out
    loads. I'm hoping to give a

    contribution & help different customers like its aided me. Good

    Here is my blog :

  15. Cucumber curry is indeed unusual as i always believed that one could use them in salads but a curry sounds fabulous. Definitely going to give it a try. :)

  16. Serving mild spicy dishes with very spicy dishes is smart! I would have needed that when I visited Sri lanka years ago. =D Definitely I hadn't heard of cooking cucumber before but hey, why not right? Sounds and look delicious Ramona and thank you for sharing!

  17. I'm all for trying new dishes and this one has me very interested..

  18. Never seen that before! Amazing!

  19. We have an abundance of cucumbers and this sounds really, really good! Thanks!

  20. At first I thought that cooking cucumbers sounded very unusual, but then I realized that every time I have ever made bread and butter pickles, I have actually cooked them! I never thought about it in that light.

    The list of ingredients in this dish sound SO interesting. I'll bet the cucumbers are delicious!

  21. why are "English cucumbers" not recommended ?

  22. I visit your web page. It is really useful and easy to understand. Hope everyone get benefit. Thanks for sharing your Knowledge and experience with us.
    Norton setup - Get started with Norton by downloading the setup and installing it on the device. Enter the unique 25-character alphanumeric product key for activation. Check your subscription | | | |

    For more Information on MS Office

  23. webroot geek squad experts do deliver reliable home-based services for any pre-installed devices and gadgets Initiate a discussion session with the Trend micro geek squad team to quickly resolve your accessory related queries Professional tech executives on board to help in resolving issues related to account management, payment and other types of information up gradation Get the privilege to check with the current status of the troubleshooting process that is handled by the Geek Support experts. Geek squad appointment Highly convenient repair returns guaranteed with the tech support Looking for online multi-device support?

  24. geek squad tech support is one of the leading company for each office and enterprise shoppers. geek squad chat offer you services from the expertise and experienced professionals. Our specialists promise you to deliver fast, economical and efficient facilities for all of your digital and technology-based issues. geek squad chat with agent See sample of current Geek Squad Protection Terms and Conditions for specific coverage and exclusions. Power surges can happen at any time, causing damage to your equipment. geek squad chat Most manufacturers’ warranties don’t cover power surges, but with Geek Squad Protection, you don’t have to worry. geek squad tech support

  25. Hi
    Thank you very much for your information Thank you very much for the car you have and we are looking to remove secondhand parts that could be of help to everyone.
    cash for cars sydney

  26. I really appreciate the kind of topics post here. Thanks for sharing us a great information that is actually helpful. Good day!
    Dates paste exporter in UAE

  27. Thanks for the recipe :) we tried this in our company today and all our staff enjoyed it. Thanks from Melbourne Australia
    cash car removal company


Please leave a comment, we love to hear from you....