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Cucumber gravy is tasty and healthy gravy that pairs well with Indian bread (e.g., chapati, paratha, or roti). You can serve it with rice, too.
The addition of peanuts gives a different flavor to this gravy.
Cucumbers are low in calories but rich in antioxidants. They promote hydration of the body.
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- 3 tablespoons peanuts
- 2 tablespoons roasted gram
- 1/2 cup coconut, fresh or dry
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil or ghee
- 4-5 red chilies (byadagi or guntur)
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1-2 sprigs fresh curry leaves
- 1 cup cucumber, cubed
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- salt, to taste
- 1 cup water, or as needed
- 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
- In a pan, dry-fry the peanuts until they change color and become aromatic (or until the skins start to separate). Transfer to plate and set aside.
- Dry-fry the roasted gram for a few seconds, transfer to another plate and set aside.
- Fry the grated coconut till dry and brown. Set aside.
- To the same pan, add oil and fry the red chilies until crispy. Set aside.
- Once the peanuts have cooled completely, remove the skins (they should come off easily if properly roasted).
- Transfer the peeled peanuts to a mixer jar along with the other roasted ingredients. Close the lid of the mixer jar and blend to a fine powder. Set aside.
- In a pan, heat oil and splutter the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Add curry leaves and saute.
- Add cubed cucumber and turmeric powder. Saute well for 1-2 minutes (the cucumber will shrink a bit). Add salt to taste.
- Add ground powder, mix and combine well.
- Add water and mix. Close the lid and cook well till the cucumber is cooked. Add more water in between if required.
- Once done, adjust the consistency and salt as required. Add fresh coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
- Tasty and healthy cucumber gravy is ready to serve. Serve with chapati, roti, paratha or rice.
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- Coconut: You can use fresh or dry coconut for this recipe. If you are using fresh coconut, dry-fry the coconut till brown and dry. If using dry coconut, just fry for 1 minute.
- Red chilies: I used byadagi red chilies here to give more color and a mild spiciness to the gravy. If you want your gravy to be spicier, use guntur red chilies or both. Alternately green chilies can also be used.
- Peanuts: Roasting the peanuts over low flame will help ensure that the skins are easy to remove. Be careful not to burn the peanuts (burnt peanuts make the dish bitter).