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:

  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 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.

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  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!

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  4. love cucumber curry i make similar looks fabulous

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  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.

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  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 ?

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