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Top 12 Cucumber Recipes
Last Updated : Jul 13,2018
Cucumber is a veggie we readily associate with the summer. Watery and cooling, it is a refreshing addition to our diets. Cucumber has a kind of neutral flavour, which makes it an apt addition to many dishes. It can be used just as well in subzis and salads as in smoothies and juices.
Cucumber is a common veggie that is also reasonably priced. It is available throughout the year in the market as it grows natively. Nowadays, some hybrid varieties of cucumber with dark green skin and less seeds are also available – you might find them labeled as English cucumbers or herbal cucumbers in the market! They are just as tasty as the larger native ones. When you choose cucumbers, pick ones that have a smooth skin. The skin will be a mix of light and dark green, but should not be yellowish. Try to use the cucumbers within a day or two of purchase as they tend to soften and lose their crunch after a few days.
Sliced cucumber with a dash of salt and pepper is a delight to munch on. You can even juice it up with a squeeze of lime and a few sprigs of mint. Cucumber is a delightful addition to any salad, as it has a crunchy and juicy texture. Cucumber Raita and Cucumber Pachadi (the South Indian version) are standard accompaniments that are made very frequently in the summer. They add a refreshing touch to any meal, especially lunch. While salads and juices might not seem very new to you, the fact that you can make soups and rice dishes with cucumber might be a pleasant surprise.
Have a look at the delightful cucumber based treats we have presented . Try them out, and help your body and mind cool down in the summer.
Top 12 Cucumber Recipes
Cucumber Raita, is the ideal raita for weight-watchers as it comprises of high amounts of water and very little calories.
This raita is rich in protein
that maintain bone health. The tempering gives a peculiar curry-like flavour to this raita, making it a perfect side dish for a low-cal meal.
Alo try other low-calorie raitas like Strawberry and Black Grape Raita
and Carrot and Beetroot Raita
Who can resist a bowlful of cool curd rice on a hot summer’s day? And if you suffer from acidity, then this soothing bowlful is more than tasty – it is nothing short of ambrosia for you!
When reinforced with carrots and cucumber, the curd rice gets all the more pleasing for your stomach and taste buds because cucumber is considered one of the best vegetables for combating acidity.
You will notice that the proportion of alkaline veggies is much more than the amount of rice in this Cucumber and Carrot Curd Rice, which is a wonderful step to avoid and alleviate Acidity
A true summer cooler, this Cucumber and Lemon Drink is like a rejuvenating spa visit for your cells! The mild flavour of cucumber together with the peppy taste of mint, the tang of lemon and the tingle of soda make this a really refreshing drink.
A pinch of salt helps to highlight all the other flavours. Keep the Sprite really chilled when you make this recipe, so that the mixed drink will also be cool. You cannot chill this after preparation because the Sprite will lose its fizz. So, it is very important that the Sprite should be super chill!
Try other exciting drinks like the Minty Jamun Ginger Capriosca
and the Organic Pineapple Tulsi Drink
A semi-spicy cucumber raita made in a typical South Indian
style, with sautéed onions, green chillies and an aromatic tempering. This is not an everyday raita but a special one, with tongue-tickling flavours and ingredients of assorted textures.
Using fully-cooked onions and semi-cooked ones (along with the tempering) gives two different textures and flavours to this refreshing South Indian Cucumber Raita. Make sure you add the curds to the sautéed veggies only after the mixture is completely cool. Otherwise the curds will get watery and ruin the creamy consistency of the Cucumber Pachadi.
Serve as an accompaniment to Bisi Bele Bhaat
, Chitrana Rice
and South Indian Stir Fry Rice
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.
An easy dip made with cucumber and curds, perked up with mint, pepper and garlic, Khyaar Bi Leban is one of the vegetarian favourites of Middle Eastern cuisine. While it is mostly served as a refreshing dip for Pita Bread
or other Starters
, sometimes this preparation is also used as a part of other more elaborate dishes. Use fresh hung curds, for best flavour and texture.
Cold soups can be refreshing and appetizing at the same time, especially when garnished generously with perky mint and tantalizing pepper powder. This Cold Cucumber Soup is conveniently low-cal and low-fat, yet filled with the goodness of water-rich cucumber and crunchy capsicum. Low-fat milk and low-fat curds provide the necessary base for this soup, striking a proper balance between lightness and lusciousness!
Cucumber snack, a scrumptious, hassle-free, no-cooking snack, which can be whipped up any time of the day. I have used low-fat paneer and curds to reduce the calories without compromising the taste. Adding dill leaves and green chilli paste perks up the flavour while cucumber makes it rich in fibre and paneer and curds add to the calcium and protein content.
Traditional South Indian
fare, and a favourite especially with tamil brahmins, the carrot, cucumber and curd rice is a frequent choice for the ‘tiffin box’!
It is really a refreshing dish to prepare on hot summer days to complement a meal of roti and subzi.
You will be surprised to see the value-add that the simple tempering imparts to this easy preparation. It can be had chilled at home, or packed in a box for lunch
Also do try other exciting South Indian rice dishes like Bisi Bele Bhaat
, Chitrana Rice
and Sundal Rice
Reboot your day with this refreshing Cucumber, Apple and Tomato Salad. This salad offers a vibrant mix of flavours, colours and textures, thanks to the contrasting nature of the fruits and veggies used in it.
A dash of vinegar adds more tang to this recipe, while sugar balances the flavour beautifully. This is one salad that will be loved by people of all age-groups, and is so tasty that you can even wrap it into a roti to make a meal!
This salad can be had as an accompaniment with any Cuisine
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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