Masala Lemon Cucumber

15 Jan

Masala Lemon Cucumber.

Lemon cucumber is peeled and chopped into small pieces. It is then cooked along with whole and powdered spices. Once cucumber turns soft, serve masala lemon cucumber over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Masala Lemon Cucumber.


Lemon Cucumber 1 Large
Garam Masala Powder 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds Powder a Pinch
Red Chili Powder 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder a Pinch
Tamarind 1 inch Piece
Salt to Taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Peel, wash and halve the lemon cucumber.
Chop the lemon cucumber into small pieces. Discard the seeds if desired.

Soak tamarind in few tablespoons of warm water for sometime and extract all the juice discarding any veins.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add lemon cucumber pieces and salt.
Cook covered on low flame for couple of minutes till cucumber pieces are just cooked.
Stir in garam masala powder, red chili powder, tamarind extract, cumin seeds powder and turmeric powder.
Cook on low flame for a minute or two or until cucumber pieces turn soft.
Add a splash of water if required while cooking the onion to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Serve masala lemon cucumber over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure cucumber is cooked well before removing from heat.

Suggestions: Make sure lemon cucumber is not sweet before cooking it. Adjust spice with red chile powder.
Variations: Check other recipes with lemon cucumber here.
Other Names: Masala Lemon Cucumber.

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