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Cucumber rice, easy vellarikkai sadam involving no grinding part. Quick video, detailed step by step pictures.

I used to love the cucumber which we used to get in Salem when I was a kid. It was different from the other cucumber we get in Chennai, which is pale green in colour. The one we get in Salem was smaller and had hues of green stripes running over the skin. Now a days very much used to the pale green ones. We even get the same air flown in singapore.

But the one we get here in Singapore is a larger version of what we got in salem. I used to buy that for a while and then after few bitter cucumber experiences, stopped buying at all. Vj from the beginning did not like it saying it smells so different for him.

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When we went to Dubai couple of years back, the cucumber we had there in hummus platter etc was really good. Then once we came back to Singapore, started to buy these Japanese cucumber. We just mix salt and pepper to have it as dip or salt and chilli powder last summer and enjoyed it.

This summer I just have started to buy cucumber regularly. I made a salad and had one sitting in fridge probably waiting to make a raita. Being a big fan of variety rice and given the fact it has been ages since I made variety rice, when I saw Divya’s cucumber rice, I just drooled and wanted to try it out very badly.

I requested her to post the recipe and she did and sent it to me too asking me to try. I tried the very next day and sent my feedback to her. I was so happy with the outcome and totally enjoyed the meal. Vj too loved it. I had it with some potato kari, onion pickle and it was perfect match. Some fryums would have completed my cravings completely but I enjoyed it to the core.

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Cucumber rice, easy vellarikkai sadam

Cucumber rice, easy vellarikkai sadam involving no grinding part. Quick video, detailed step by step pictures.

Rice cook time 15 minutes

Cup measurements

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice Cook and cool down
  • 1 cup cucumber grated
  • 1 cup coconut grated
  • 4 green chillies slit
  • 1 tsp ginger chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 8 cashews

To temper

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 2 tsp chana dal
  • 1 pinch asafoetida generous
  • 1 sprig curry leaves

Instructions

  • Wash rice and pressure cook for 4 whistles with 2 & 1/2 cups water.

  • Once done invert to a broad vessel and spread gently to cool down. You can add a drizle of coconut oil or sesame oil to ease grains separate.

  • Wash and peel the cucumber. Cut into small portions.Grate all the sides surrounding the center portion, leaving the seeds. I used my julienne grater.

  • Measure 1 cup and set aside. Gather other ingredients needed.

  • Heat a pan/ kadai with coconut oil. First roast cashews and set aside.

  • In the same oil, splutter mustard followed by all other ingredients under ‘to temper’.

  • Add grated coconut and roast for a minute without changing its colour.

  • In goes the grated cucumber, little salt and cook until the cucumber turns translucent.

  • Add cooked rice and required salt. Mix thoroughly.

  • Lastly add coriander leaves and give it a mix, switch off the flame. Garnish with roasted cashews.

Notes

  • Instead of green chillies, red chillies can be used. Number of chillies can be adjusted according to one’s spice level.
  • She haven’t used asafoetida, so it’s optional.Use large grater so that cucumber gives texture in the dish.

Cucumber rice method:

  1. Wash rice and pressure cook for 4 whistles with 2 & 1/2 cups water.
  2. Once done invert to a broad vessel and spread gently to cool down. You can add a drizzle of coconut oil or sesame oil to ease grains separate.
  3. Wash and peel the cucumber. Cut into small portions. Grate all the sides surrounding the center portion, leaving the seeds. I used my julienne grater.step1-peel
  4. Measure 1 cup and set aside. Gather other ingredients needed.step2-grate
  5. Heat a pan/ kadai with coconut oil. First roast cashews and set aside.step3-prep
  6. In the same oil, splutter mustard followed by all other ingredients under ‘to temper’. Add grated coconut and roast for a minute without changing its colour.step5-temper
  7. In goes the grated cucumber, little salt and cook until the cucumber turns translucent.step4-coconut
  8. Add cooked rice and required salt. Mix thoroughly.step6-cook
  9. Lastly add coriander leaves and give it a mix, switch off the flame. Garnish with roasted cashews.step8-rice

Serve hot with any spicy side dish. We had with potato curry, onion pickle. Pair it with fryums and it’s just tastes great.

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