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Cucumber Kootu

Cucumber kootu is an easy and healthy side dish that goes well with rice and chapati. It is simple to make in just a few mins.

Easy and Healthy Side Dish:

Cucumber kootu is an easy, simple and healthy side dish with cucumber, moong dal, and coconut. Cucumber gives a nice taste to the kootu. This kootu tastes similar to the bottle gourd (lauki). Cucumber is a healthy and low-calorie green vegetable with loads of vitamins and minerals. Regular intake of cucumber helps in weight loss, lower in blood sugar, and helps in relieves constipation. This side dish goes well with the rice and chapati. Though you don’t like to eat raw cucumber like me will also love this cucumber kootu. Check out the similar type of recipe, Celery Kootu and spinach moong dal curry.

Smart Cooking Tips:

  1. Avoid overcooking the cucumber it will become mushy and loses its nutrition.
  2. You can use toor dal in this recipe instead of moong dal.

  3. If you don’t have pressure cooker, you can cook in the saucepan. Add water in the saucepan, bring it to a boil, add moong dal, cover and cook until the moong dal becomes soft.

Recipes Using Cucumber:

Cucumber is used in many recipes like smoothies, sandwiches, salads, and dips. You can consume as it is for snacks, an excellent low-calorie snack. Cucumber raita is a delicious side dish with yogurt that goes well with biryani, pulao and other spicy rice varieties.

5 from 3 votes
cucumber kootu
Cucumber Kootu
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Cucumber kootu is an easy and healthy side dish that goes well with rice and chapati. It is simple to make in just a few mins.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Antonet Roajer
  • 1 no Cucumber Large
  • 1/3 cup Moong Dal
  • 0.25 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 2 no Dry Red Chilies
  • 0.50 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 cup Onion Chopped
  • 0.50 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 10 no Curry leaves
  1. Rinse the moong dal 3 - 4 times. In a pressure cooker, add moong dal, water, turmeric powder, salt and cook until 4 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool naturally and mash the dal.

  2. Wash, peel, and chop the cucumber into small cubes.  

  3. In a pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add urad dal, asafoetida, curry leaves, chopped onion and cook until the onion becomes soft.

  4. Add the chopped cucumber, little amount of water and salt. Cover and cook until the cucumber becomes soft. 

  5. Add mashed moong dal and mix well. 

  6. In a blender, grind the coconut, red chilies and cumin seeds together until smooth by adding little amount of water and add it to the kootu.

  7. Cover and cook the kootu for 5 minutes and garnish with the chopped coriander leaves and serve.

How to serve cucumber kootu?

Serve cucumber kootu as a side dish with rice or chapati.

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