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Vellarikkai Kootu / Cucumber Stew in a bowl
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Vellarikkai Kootu / Cucumber Stew

Vellarikkai Kootu is an excellent side for eating with rice. Cucumbers that are mature and not that good to eat, can be excellent for this Cucumber Stew.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Lunch Recipes, Quick and Easy, Side Dishes
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian, Tamil Nadu
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 117kcal


  • pan
  • Pot
  • Grinder
  • spatula


  • 1 large Vellarikkai / Cucumber or 2 medium
  • ¼ cup Payatham paruppu / Moong dal
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Green chilies
  • ½ cup Coconut grated
  • 1 tsp Rice
  • to taste Salt
  • to garnish Cilantro

To season –

  • 1 tsp Oil preferably coconut oil
  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Ullatham paruppu/ urad dal
  • 2 Red chilies
  • ¼ tsp Asafetida
  • few Curry leaves


  • Scrape the skin of the cucumber and slice it vertically. Remove the seeds (if they are too big) and then chop the cucumbers into small cubes.
  • Wash the dal and add it along with the cucumber in a sauce pan. Add water just to cover the vegetable and then cook over medium heat.
  • In the meantime, grind together the green chilies, cumin seeds, rice and the coconut into a smooth paste.
  • Once the vegetable and the dal are cooked, add salt required for the kootu. Now add the ground paste and bring it to a boil. The rice in the paste will help thicken the coconut.
  • In a small pan, heat oil and add all the ingredients listed under the seasoning. Add the fried seasoning to the kootu and serve hot with rice topped with a dollop of nei!


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg