Cucumber Pulissery or Cucumber in Coconut and Yogurt
 
Ingredients
To cook cucumber
  • Cucumber, cubed- 1
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Chili powder- ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Water- ½ cup
  • Salt- to taste
To Grind
  • Coconut, grated- ½ cup
  • Green chilies- 2
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Water-1/4 cup
Other ingredients
  • Yogurt- ½ cup
For seasoning
  • Coconut oil or vegetable oil- 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Whole dry red chili- 2
  • Curry leaves- 4-5 leaves
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine cucumber with the ingredients mentioned above "to cook cucumber' and cook covered till cucumber has turned tender. Don't over cook or mash the cucumber.
  2. In a blender, grind the above mentioned ingredients "to grind".
  3. Add the ground coconut mixture to the cooked cucumber, combine well and cook for a few minutes till the raw taste of coconut goes away.
  4. Remove the cucumber mixture from the heat and immediately add yogurt to it, combine well.
  5. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  6. Don't heat it after adding yogurt.
For making seasoning
  1. Heat a small pan, add oil, let it turn hot.
  2. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
  3. Add dry red chilies and curry leaves, saute for 2 to 3 seconds.
  4. Pour this seasoning over the cucumber pulissery and cover the pan with its lid to lock the aroma of the seasoning.
  5. Serve as a side dish along with rice or for Sadya.
Notes
•You could replace cucumber with pineapple, mango, plantain, pumpkin etc.
Recipe by Cooking with Thas at http://www.thasneen.com/cooking/cucumber-pulissery-or-cucumber-in-coconut-and-yogurt/