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 Uses of Cucumber

  Last Updated : Jan 30,2019






7 Uses of Cucumber 

1. Cucumber is a vegetable that is usually eaten raw. Raw cucumber can be eaten as is or by adding it to a variety of salads with different types of ingredients. A few salads made with cucumber are Avocado, Broccoli, Bell pepper Salad and a Creamy Green Salad.

2. It is an important ingredient of the most famous Mumbai street food – The vegetable grilled sandwich.  Chopped bits of cucumber are also added to other street foods like chaats for freshness. Slices of cucumber are also added to many types of sandwiches, bagels and burgers

3. The pulpy inside of the cucumber is what helps us keep cool in the summer as it is mostly consists of water. The saying "cool as a cucumber" is actually a true one and that’s why many people add cucumber to juices and shakes during the warm summer months. Some juices made with cucumber are Pineapple and Cucumber juice and Minty cucumber Cooler.

4. Cucumbers are also eaten in a pickled form around the world, especially in South-east Asia. 

5. A new way of using cucumber is to use it to make pancakes. This is the simplest and most tasty way of utilizing leftover cucumber. You can mix it with a little rice flour and spinach and make delicious Cucumber Pancakes

6. Every Indian meal is accompanied with a small side dish, whether a raita or a salads. Indian salad usually equals to a mix of onion, tomato and cucumber called Kachumber that is flavored with lemon juice. Raita is combination of whisked curd with fresh fruits and vegetables, one of the most famous being a Cucumber Raita.

7. For refreshing cold gazpacho type soup that takes five minutes or less to make, simply purée cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers and onions, then add salt and pepper to taste. 

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uses of cucumber

A dashingly colourful salad with a very high feel-good factor, just perfect to pack for lunch ! The Avocado, Broccoli and Bell Pepper Lunch Salad has a splash of various colours, textures and flavours ranging from the creaminess of avocadoes to the tanginess of tomatoes, not to forget the spicy crunch of vibrant bell peppers. It is quite filling and ideal to take to office for lunch. You can pack the lemony, herby dressing in a separate box and toss the salad with it just before eating. This tasty salad is also super healthy, with avocadoes giving you healthy fat, broccoli and bell peppers protecting you with vitamin C and loads of antioxidants, and olive oil pampering you with Omega-3 fatty acids. Total peace of mind, and lots of happiness too! You can also try other salads for lunch like Vegan Healthy Lunch Salad or Mixed Sprouts Beetroot Healthy Lunch Veg Salad .
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Tickle your taste buds with this medley of green veggies and grapes, tossed in a creamy yet low-fat sweet and sour dressing. The dressing features low-fat curds laced with honey and a streak of spices, which gives the salad a rich and luscious mouth-feel and refreshing taste despite the low calorie count. The dressing is in every way a perfect match for this mix of juicy and crunchy fruits and veggies. Since no high-sodium ingredient is used in this Creamy Green Salad, it is good for those wishing to keep their blood pressure under control. You can pair this salad with a soup like the Nutritious Pumpkin Soup or Green Peas Soup .
A Vegetable Grill Sandwich this is, but far more exciting than the subtle continental versions! Yes, Mumbai’s roadside vendors take pride in offering the most tongue-tickling treats of all, and this Vegetable Grill Sandwich is no different. Made with a large assortment of vegetables, oodles of butter, a lavish splash of chutneys and a peppy sandwich masala, this snack is a real indulgence.
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Chaat adds more josh to the timeless appeal of boiled peanuts by combining it with juicy veggies, succulent pomegranate and crunchy sev. A dash of spice powders and lemon juice boosts all the other flavours, making this an utterly irresistible evening snack. It is one of the most popular snacks sold in all tourist locations in Tamil Nadu, and is enjoyed hot and fresh by young and old alike! You can now try this nice and chatpata snack at home, and serve it with tea on a rainy weekend evening! Try other chaat recipes like the Papadi, Potato and Chick Pea Chaat or Samosa Chaat .
Pineapple and Cucumber Juice is a vitamin C and iron rich express to prevent the skin from drying out and to reduce facial lines. Vitamin C, in conjunction with protein, is necessary for the production of collagen - the glue that holds our skin together and circumvents sags or wrinkles. It regulates sebaceous (oil producing) glands to keep skin from drying out; helps prevent facial lines and wrinkles. This may explain why people who consume healthy amounts of vitamin C containing foods have a fresh complexion and a healthy state of mind. Snack into a scrumptious Carrot and Green Peas Sandwich or Rajma and Spinach Wrap along with Pineapple and Cucumber Juice for a beautiful you.
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Very few of you might have considered making a drink using cucumber! This perfect invigorating drink along with calcium rich low-fat curds delicately flavoured with mint. Cucumber and low-fat curds blend perfectly to create a low-fat cooler.
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This innovative rice flour pancake with lovely specks of cucumber and spinach is sure to become one of your favourite breakfast options, thanks to its sheer simplicity and ease of preparation. Remember to squeeze the water out of the cucumber completely, to make sure that your pancakes do not get soggy. These Cucumber Pancakes taste delightful with green chutney, and since they are so easy to prepare you need not restrict the option to breakfast – you can prepare it anytime you see a hungry face entering home from work or play! You can also try your hand at other pancakes like Mini Rava Vegetable Pancakes and Zucchini and Carrot Pancake .
Nothing can be as easy to prepare as Kachumber; yet nothing can be as tasty either. A simple dish of crunchy veggies laced with lemon juice and garnished with coriander, Kachumber is a must-serve with every meal if you want a dose of excitement, a quick refreshment to awaken and reawaken your taste buds before and during the meal. The best part is that Kachumber offers lots of room for improvisation; so you can add parboiled sweet corn, finely chopped pineapples, crunchy capsicum, or any other veggies to suit your taste.
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Sometimes, the easiest of dishes are the most pleasing. The Cucumber Raita is one such case. It is a very simple accompaniment, made of grated cucumber and curds perked up with a dash of spice powders and a traditional tadka. The tempering not only boosts the aroma of the raita but also gives it a nice taste. In an unexpected twist, a teaspoon of green chilli paste is added to the curds, to give the raita a sharper flavour. You can enjoy this tasty accompaniment with pulao, biryani or parathas.
Cold soups are perfect to serve before lunch on hot summer days. They tingle awake the taste buds in a more pleasant way, without having to suffer sweaty foreheads! When it comes to cold soups, this low-cal Spanish soup Gazpacho is one of the best choices. A nice crunchy soup with cucumber and capsicum, it is a great source of fibre, vitamin A and folic acid. Keep it chilled and serve it immediately after adding the crunchy mixed vegetable topping.
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