Green cucumber/Dosakaaya or kheera/Vellarikkai/Soudekai
A very different and yummy chutney that goes very well with idli/dosas. I just love them and even my sons loved. Made this using different kinds of cucumber like salad, english cucumbers and everything tasted good. Suppose if you find that the cucumbers are not too tenderand tasty, then you make this chutney and enjoy it without wasting them. It is also very simple and easy to prepare also a perfect one in summer.
Onion - 1 large
Cucumber - 1 large or 2 small or 4 salad cucumbers
Garlic - 4 - 5 flakes
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Green chillies - 3 or 4
Coriander leaves - few sprigs
Tamarind - 1 inch piece
Salt as needed
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds and urad dhal - few
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1 tsp
Peel and cut cucmbers into thick chunks.
Heat 2 tsp of oil and add onions. Fry for 2 - 3 minutes and add garlic, ginger, green chillies and tamarind. Fry all together till onions are transparent. Next add cucumber chunks and fry till they nicely shrunk. Before removing add coriander leaves and mix. Adding coriander leaves gives a very good taste and also a very vibrant color. Remove and cool. Later grind to a fine paste also by adding salt. Transfer to a bowl and temper with mustard seeds, urad dhal and curry leaves. Serve with idli/dosa.