Cucumber Chutney

In the first photo,[spices are not visible clearly;];-In the centre;-three table spoons of coriander seeds ;and black  til,on the top; tamarind ;jaggery and red chillies can be viewed;    [2];;–Cucumber cut into lengthwise,;ground paste;and mixed pulipachadi.


This side dish  is very tasty and healthwise, it is verygood.and easily digestable.due to its  ingredients.

Main ingredients are;–Cucumber;-one.

For grinding;–Coriander seeds;-3 tablespoons;

[b]Black gram dhal;-1 1/2 table spoon;[one and a half

[c];-Red chillies;–7-8

[d];-Black til;–1 table spoon;

[e];–Coconut gratings;–2-3 table spoons;

[f];–Tamarind;–One big lemon size;

[g];-Jaggery;–same amount as tamarind;

[h];-Hing;-1-2 pinches

Water to be added to grind;


Cut cucumber into very small pieces[kosumbery;-half a cm thick; and  one inch lengthwise and transefer  this to  a bowl;

Heat a kadai, in a medium flame ,and put  2 table spoons of  any veg oil and fry urad dhal[blackgram],redchillies,til[black] coriander seeds;  till aroma appears and dhal, fried .

In a mixie, after fried spices get cooled,   grind   with tamarind,and jaggery,and coconut gratings and hing ,  coarsely by adding half a cup of water and transefer to a small bowl;Now mix cucumber pieces and ground paste and serve with chappatti,poories; and rice;



Just for a change i prepared  mixed veg. cutlet, today for snack. which is healthy, and very nutritious also.

Main Ingredients to make 15 cutlets are;-

[A];-potatoes;- 2-3;

[B[;-vegetables like green peas;beans;grated carrots;-four [ one cup full;];Three onions  cut into small pieces;-2;[1cup]Beatroot;-one, cut into small pieces or grated;

[C];-Wheat flour;-to make batter;

[D]];-ginger ;-one and 1/2” piece grated,;green chillies;-2-3 in numbers,cut into small pieces;;salt to taste;coriander leaves ;-1/2 a cup;

[E]];–cumin powder;-1 teaspoon; coriander powder;-one teaspoon;red chilli powder;- half a tea spoon full; Garam masala powder;one teaspoon;Turmeric powder;- half a rteaspoon;

[F]];–Bread crumbs powder ;–2 cups or as per required;

[G]];–Any veg. oil for frying;

[H];-Lemon juice;-one table spoon; cashew nuts;-7-8 cut into small pieces;

[I];-Tomato  sauce;-250 ml.

[J];–A white muslin cloth to tremove excess water from the cooked vegetables;

[K];–A pan for frying cutlets;

[L];-A steel wide mouthed vesel to transfer cutlets;

[G];–Cumin seeds and mustard seeds .;-one teaspoon each;

Method of preparation ;–Boil potatoes in a vessel;and after cooling, remove the outer skin and mash them,and keep the mashed potatoes aside; Now cook all the cut pieces of vegetables,by adding enough water;After they are well cooked, squeeze them to remove excess water,by using a white muslin cloth;Now mix mashed potatoes, cooked vegetables,,well. Add salt; garam masala powder; red chillipowder; 1-2 green chillies cut into small pieces, ;ginger pieces;cumin powder, coriander powder;and lemon juice.l.To this mixture add cashewnut pieces;and mixwell.

Heat a kadai,in a medium flame, put,3 tablespoonfull of  oil,put mustard seeds[1 teaspoon]; After it splutters,add turmeric powder,cumin seeds[1 teaspoon] ;grated ginger,and saute; Then add grated onions; carrots,grated beetroot; and saute for two minutes,Add  potato and mixed vegetables mixture ,, Mix well  and saute for few minutes.Sprinkle coriander leaves on this mixture and leave the mixture to cool ..

Take 2 measures of wheat flour ; make batter by adding enough water .This  batter should be  thick[Dosa consistency]

Take small quantity of this mixture and flatten it in between two palms, make oval shaped balls .Dip each ball in the batter,and press each ball one by one on breadcrumbs[Two sides].

Heat veg.oil in a pan and deep fry each prepared cutlets,till golden brown, and remove from the oil and serve hot cutlets with tomato sauce

I want to mention here, why it is called healthy cutlet,.

[a;- I have used wheatflour for batter, instead of all purpose flour, which we use normally  to make thick batter;

[b];-Cumin seeds,and cumin powder;coriander powder,and coriander leaves  for digestion purpose.Cashewnuts are also added.These cutlets are really healthy, tasty,snack.


Recently  my husband brought a snack [Maddur vada] from  a hotel, he visited along with his friends.He found it very tasty , and crispy ,and just for a change he packed it for me and asked me to try to prepare at home. But no ingredients were printed on the  wrapper  of the packet.But  by simply assuming, what other  ingredients might    have been added to vada preparation, along with all purpose flour;[Usually these types of vadas are prepared  with all purpose flour,and sooji.]My next step was to prepare vadas., which i tried and to my utter  surprise it came out very well. I thought that i must  post my recipe to my blog.,which i am doing now. Actually it resembled  my previous vada recipe;-Field beans vada”[ see my post ,with recipe and album,published on 2012/02/04 in this blog].That is why i didn’t add to my album.  and the shape and size  was littlebit bigger than  that of mine.

Main Ingredients are;–

All purpose flour;–500 gms;

Rice flour;-  150 gms;

Chiroti rava;–150 gms;[we prepare chirotis during marriages]

Butter;–100 gms

Dry coconut powder;–100 gms;

Field beans[Avare kai seeds],in kannada; Mochu kottai in Tamil; ; cooked and cooled;-250 gms;         Roasted groundnuts;powdered in dry grinder[ coarsely]

Salt;- as per required; Hing two pinches.water as per reqired

Any veg .oil for frying., like  sun flower oil,or refined groundnut oil.

A steel bowl for making dough and another one for transefering vada from  hot oil,with tissue papers to remove excess oil;

Last but not least;–Red chilli powder;-Two- three table spoons or as per the taste.

Method;– Take a steel wide bowl Add all purpose flour; rice flour; salt redchilli powder,hing; To this add butter and mix well. Then add cooked  beans; groundnut powder;and dry coconut powder.Add enough water to make dough.Mix well and knead the dough well l on a flat surface untill it becomes chappatti consistency. Make a big lemon sized balls and flatten each balls on a plain sheet of plastic.

Heat oil in a pan or kadai,and  deep fry each flattened portions till they become golden brown.and transefer all the vada, in another bowl and after cooling store in an airtight container.







These  Field beans [ Avare kai, in kannada;Mochukottai in Tamil; Anapa kayalu, in Telugu];] as in the name itself, are grown in fields,in Villages, by farmers; in the months of December-January,in small plants.These farmers after they are well grown , pluck from the plants and sell them in the markets in towns and cities.

I];MAIN ngredients required to prepare ‘AVAREKAI VADA;-[Photo album. no.1]

[A];-Plain Rice flour;-500 gms [Available in any Indian stores]

[B];- Avarekai [field beans] seeds,well cooked and cooled to room temperature;500 gms.[Photo album no.3]

[C];–Coconut powder;-100 gms.;[available in Indian stores]

[D];-Butter;-150 gms;

[E];–Green chillies;-3-4; Red chillies;-3-4; Salt as per required;

[F];–Any veg. oil for deep frying[Sun flower oil and refined groundnut oil;;-1 Litre.]

[G];-Steel bowls one for   mixing  the above ingredients, and the other one to transfer vadas.

[H];-A steel ladle [big] with holes to take out fried vadas.from oil.[ These ladles normally are used at the time of making laddus.]


Cook seeds  well with enough water,in a steel vessel and allow them to cool. Keep the vessel aside. Now grind coconut along with red and green chillies in a wet grinder.

Take a steel bowl, and to this add ,butter salt , cooked seeds,[,separate  seeds from water ]Now after mixing all the ingredients, add water with which the seeds cooked. little by little,Mix well  and see that no lumps are formed. The dough should be smooth like chappathi  dough– consistency.Make lemon sized balls ,and flatten each balls on a plain sheet of plastic,as shown in the album no.2 above.,Heat oil in a pan and deep fry each vadas,till golden brown,and remove from oil and transfer to a steel container with tissues papers  inside to remove excess oil.After all the vadas are done,they should be  cooled.Then  store them  in an airthight container.