VELLARIKKA KICHADI (KERALA SADYA DISH WITH CUCUMBER)

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Ingredients
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  1. Cucumber  (Vellarikka) – 1 handful
  2. Yogurt – 1 cup
  3. Coconut (Grated) – ½ cup
  4. Green Chillies – 2 medium size
  5. Shallots (small onions) – 3 medium size
  6. Mustard seeds – few
  7. Oil (Coconut oil is preferred)
  8. Red Dried Chillies – 3
  9. Curry Leaves – 1 stem
  10. Cumin Powder – 1 spoon
  11. Salt – as required

Method
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  1. Remove the skin of cucumber by peeling. Clean the inside by removing the seeds and washing it thoroughly.
  2. Cut the cucumber into cubes.
  3. Make a smooth paste by grinding the coconut, green chillies, shallots, some yogurt and very little mustard seeds. Keep this aside.
  4. Cook the cut cucumbers, adding very little water, dried red chillies, salt and cumin powder.
  5. Cook it until the cubes becomes soft and transparent.
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  6. Add the smooth paste prepared in step 3 to the above.
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  7. Keep cooking this on very low flame for a 3-4 minutes. Remove from the stove.
  8. Once this cools a bit, add yogurt and mix well.
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  9. Heat oil in a kadai\pan.
  10. Add mustard seeds and once it splutter add shallots and red chillies.
  11. Fry for few seconds and then add Curry leaves.
  12. Add this to the contents kept on step 7.
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