South Indies: Menasale - Summery Cucumber & Yogurt Gravy

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

When I first started with South Indies, as a regualr series in the blog, a lot of people came forward & shared their favorite South Indian recipes with me. Asha from Foodies Hope was first one to mail me her Grandmother's recipe, Menasala - A summery cucumber & yogurt gravy. Thanks Asha, for this wonderful recipe. Its now a regular at my home too.

Summer is at its peak here. And, what can be a better way to beat the heat ...


You Will Need:
  • 2 cucumbers - peeled & chopped into small cubes
  • 1 cup fresh yogurt
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 2 dry red chillies - broken
  • Finely chopped cilantro - for garnish

To Grind:

  • 2 -3 tbsp fresh coconut - grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 tbsp yogurt


  • In a tsp of oil, roast all the ingredients mentioned in the 'To Grind' list until they turn slightly reddish. Set aside to cool.
  • Once cool, grind together with coconut, onion & yogurt adding very little water
  • In a large bowl, mix together cucumber cubes, ground paste & yogurt. Whisk well.
  • Temper with mustard seeds, red chillies & curry leaves.
  • Adjust salt & garnish with finely chopped cilantro.

Serve with HOT steamed rice. Enjoi !!!

The addition of roasted coriander seeds & raw onions add a kick to the otherwise regular raita. This is a perfect summer dish .. Go ahead & make it right now ...

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