Cucumber dal is a delicious way to include cucumber in your diet. Cucumber is a widely used vegetable in Ayurveda. It is beneficial for insomnia, thirst, headache, urinary problems, liver detoxification and more.
Botanical Name – Cucumis sativus
Family – Cucurbitaceae
Ayurvedic Properties Of Cucumber
Cucumber is sweet in taste, cold in potency and helps to pacify Pitta.
Here’s a simple healthy dal recipe with cucumber.
Cucumber Dal Recipe
1 cup cucumber (sliced)
1 cup mung beans (cooked and mashed)
1/2 tsp garlic (chopped)
1/2 cup grated coconut
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
curry leaves, a few
2 green chilis
1 tsp coconut oil
Heat a sauce pan and add a spoonful of coconut oil. Drop in the mustard seeds and curry leaves and heat until they pop. Now add the sliced cucumber and sauté well. Add 1/2 cup of water and cover. Cook until the cucumber can be pierced with a fork.
In a blender, add the grated coconut, cumin seeds, garlic and green chili and blend until smooth. Now add this paste to the the cooked cucumber mixture. Add the cooked dal and mix well. In the end add a pinch of asafoetida. Add salt to taste. Serve hot with rice, indian flat bread or chappati.
This is a super simple recipe, but is very tasty and nutritious. Even my 2 year old enjoys this recipe.