Cucumber Rice (Vellarikai Sadam)

A mild, tasty, soothing, and refreshing rice. Best for a lunchbox!
I had two cucumbers and left over rice. What more should I think of? I made this Cucumber Rice. Everytime, I make this rice, it turns out to be yummy.
I also shared this recipe with my relative and friend. They also tried at home and said that their family just love it. Their kids requested them to make this rice at least twice a week.
Groundnuts and cashew nuts enhance the taste of this cucumber rice. It is one of the best dishes when you prefer to pack something for lunch.
Boiled rice – 1 cup

Grated large cucumber – 1 no.

Chopped green chillies/red chillies – 3 nos.

Finely minced ginger – 2 teaspoons

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Hing/asafoetida – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 6 nos.

Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Urad dal – 1/2 teaspoon

Fried cashews – 7 nos. (optional)

Fried ground nuts – 10 nos. (optional)

Ghee – 1 teaspoon (Use only ghee)

Salt – as desired


1. In a pan, heat ghee. Add mustard seeds and when it splutters, add urad dal followed by chopped ginger and curry leaves.

2. When urad dal turns golden brown, add green chillies, asafoetida, turmeric powder, grated cucumber and salt in an order.

3. Fry fhe cucumber for five minutes and switch off the stove.

4. Now, add the boiled rice, lemon juice, cashews, ground nuts, and coriander leaves and mix well.

Now, Cucumber Rice is ready!!!

Serve: Pickle, Thuvaiyal, Chutney and Poriyal & Varuval

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