Wishing Well- Cucumber Carrot Well ( Vegetable and Fruit Carving)
by Tarla Dalal
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Wishing Well- Cucumber Carrot Well ( Vegetable and Fruit Carving) recipe - How to make Wishing Well- Cucumber Carrot Well ( Vegetable and Fruit Carving)
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Makes 1 well
1 long thick madras cucumber1 long thick orange colured carrot
black thin thread
- Place the madras cucumber on the chopping board and trim the edge from one side using a knife. This side will face downwards.
- Mark and carve the outline of the well with straight poles and angular poles on either sides of the cucumber, using a knife. A=1/3 of the cucumber, b=1½ cm. As shown in the illustration. Detach the carved portion and discard it.
- Place the cucumber on a chopping board and trim the insides of the pole using a knife and/ or scooper.
- Leaving around 1½ cm. Om the edge of the cucumber make a deep cut along the diameter, using a knife.
- Scoop out the seeds from the centre of the cucumber (well) using a scooper in a way that you leave 1½ cm all around (including the bottom of the cucumber). This makes the well hollow.
- Place the cucumber on a chopping board with the flat side facing downwards.
- With the tip of a knife, cut a horizontal line from left to right along the outer side of the diameter of the cucumber. Keeping the knife at an angle of 45° cut another horizontal at a distance of ½ mm. From left to right. Gently lift up the portion in between the 2 lines and discard it.
- Repeat to make parallel left to right slits a distance of ¾ cm. Repeat the same procedure to make small vertical slits between the horizontal slits in a way that it looks like bricks. Keep aside.
- To make the pulley, peel a carrot using a knife and cut a piece of the size of the distance between the 2 angular poles. In the centre of the carrot piece, make 2 shallow cuts around 2 cm. Wide, using a knife. From one side of the cut start trimming the carrot, using a knife to obtain a uniform roun
- This is how it looks like when the carrot is trimmed from one side.
- In the centre of the 2 shallow cuts, make 2 more shallow cuts around 3/4 cm in width, using a knife. Gently remove the portion in between these 2 cuts, using a knife and discard it.
- Repeat the steps 7 on the other side of the pulley. This is how the pulley looks like other carving completely. Keep aside.
- To make the vessel of the well, take a carrot and cut a piece of around 4 to 5 cm. In length. Using a knife, trim the carrot from outside to obtain a round shape throughout. Do not use a peeler or else you will not get a round shape required here.
- From one end of the carrot, trim off at an angle of 45° (around ¾ cm in height) in a way that you get a v-shape as the base of the vessel.
- 1½ cm. Above this v-shape, make 2 shallow cuts of ½ cm wide, peel off the portion between these 2 cuts and discard it.
- 1 cm. Above this, cut the extra carrot piece and discard it. Similar to the base of the vessel, trim along this 1 cm of the carrot to get a v-shape as the top portion if the vessel.
- From the top of the carrot (vessel), scoop a little using a knife to form the hollow space in the vessel.
- This is how the vessel looks like after the carving is complete. Keep the vessel aside.
- To make the thatch of the well, cut a piece of the carrot as show, using a knife.
- From one side of the carrot, make a deep v-shaped cut along both the sides leaving around ¾ cm from both the sides. Gently lift the portion between the 2 cuts and discard it.
- This is how it looks like after cutting from both the sides.
- On one side of that thatch, make small neat cuts as shown in step 6 of the bricks of the well. Keep the thatch aside.
- To make the roof, place a peeled carrot on a chopping board and cut medium sized rectangular shaped carrot slices, using a knife.
- Leaving around 1 cm. From one end, make slits at regular intervals, using a knife. Repeat the same with more carrot slices, enough for both the front and back sides of the poles of the well.
- Attach the carrot slices one next to the other, using pins. Repeat with more carrot slices, on the other side (behind) the pole.
- Attach the roof on top of the thatch using pins.
- Attach the black thread around the vessel, using a pin.
- Attach the pulley in between the 2 angular poles of the well, using pins.
- Attach the vessel on the edge of the well using a pin.
- Tie the thread around the pulley and the well in complete.
- To decorate the well, put a little water in the hollow space of the well, spread some mud around it, arrange a few leaves, some stones and 1 to 2 houses to get the perfect village environment.
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