Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dosakaya Koora (Yellow cucumber curry - Guntur style)

This is one of those dishes that reminds me of Amma and my childhood memories. Memories of me and my siblings sitting on the veranda while Amma feeds us rice mixed with curry and ghee, mixed to perfection. We would gulp down morsel after morsel, without realizing how full we are. After all, the food came from Amma's hand...

What you need to make this koora:
1 large Dosakaya (Indian yellow cucumber)
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 green chillies, chopped into 1/4" pieces
2 tomatoes (optional)
1- 1 1/2 cups fresh yogurt (absolutely NO non-fat, low-fat varieties. Plain, whole
milk yogurt)
Salt to taste
Red chili powder to taste
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

For tadka or seasoning:
1 -2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tsp each, chana dal, urad dal, black mustard seeds, cumin seeds
1 or 2 dry red chilies, broken into 1" pieces
1 sprig curry leaves
Prep Work:
  • Peel dosakaya just as you peel regular cucumber. Slice into half.
  • Check the seeds and flesh for any bitter taste.
  • If the flesh is bitter, discard the dosakaya. If not, Remove all the seeds. If the seeds have bitter taste, peel the membrane that connects the seeds, wash the flesh part thoroughly with water.
  • Slice length-wise and chop into small bite sized pieces.
How to make:
  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. When the oil starts "dancing", add all tadka items. Saute until a nice aroma comes out and the mustard seeds stop spluttering.
  • Add onion and green chili pieces and turmeric powder.
  • Saute until the onions are soft and light brown in color, stirring occasionally.
  • Add tomatoes and dosakaya pieces, salt and red chili powder. Reduce heat to medium. Mix well, cover and cook, until done, stirring now and then.
  • Add yogurt, adjust salt (if needed), mix gently and cook without lid until you see the curry starts bubbling on top. Simmer on very low heat for 2 minutes, remove from heat.

Dosakaya or Indian yellow cucumbers are available at Indian groceries. This is not a regular vegetable that makes an appearance in the usual US grocery stores. See picture here. It is the pale yellow one next to tomatoes.)
Serving suggestion: Although this goes better with either rice or roti, it tastes best with warm steamed rice, melted ghee. Yum!!!


Lakshmi said...

woo..I am already meting at the sight of that kura. Lovely one.

Sia said...

i second lakshmi...

Padmaja said...

Vani thats an amazing recipe, i love it!!
here we don't get these cucumbers or else i would have loved to make it everyday!!!

Rina said...

Vani, This is the first time I'm visiting your blog. Glad to discover another Andhra food blog. This dal is so famous in india. I like your rice so much

vimmi said...

Hi Vani,

That looks yummy. I have been cooking a lot of south indian recipes nowadays and am always on lookout for new ones. Thanks

Rajitha said...

yummy! i love dosakaya pacchadi..i will try this out..

Kalva said...

Wow very tempting. its hard for me to find dosakya here!! psschh i love stirfry in nellore style( with lots of chilli powder and onions )

AshKuku said...

looks good & yum....Came across when looking for cucumber recipes...

Nikitha said...

Vani i have tried your curry...it turned out well..thanks for the wonderful curry

DivyaMohan said...

hi vani garu,,
mee blog chala bagundi,,it is really very nice.And ofcourse the curries also are nice.

Anonymous said...

I cooked it just now and it was simply amazing.... I was aprehensive about the curd. But I think I can now use it confidently. Anupama

Niloufer said...

Love this recipe. Thanks a ton!

Krishna_Rama said...

I have just prepared this curry, Need to check how it has turned.

Anonymous said...

too good piece of information, I had come to know about your site from my friend sajid, bangalore,i have read atleast 11 posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your web-page gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i'm already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new post, once again hats off to you! Thanks a lot once again, Regards, dosakaya pachadi