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Cucumber Yogurt Rice April 30, 2009

Filed under: Event Entries,Quick and Easy Recipes,Rice,Vegetarian — usha @ 12:05 am
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I am back with another cucumber treat from Tarla Dalal, Cucumber Yogurt Rice. I don’t like plain yogurt rice and don’t eat it everyday, which is very uncommon for a south indian. Whenever I am on a guilt trip that I am not getting enough calcium from my diet, I make cucumber raita, spinach raita, tomato yogurt chutney or any chutney or salad that has yogurt in it. This is my only source of calcium rich food. When I saw Cucmber yogurt rice, I was curious to try it, as it is another calcium recipe for me and it seemed like a variation of Daddhojanam, Flavored Yogurt Rice.

I usually have the tendency of tinkering with recipes when I make them and it ends up in a disaster. So this time I stuck to the recipe and used all the ingredients listed in the recipe and made some adjusts to the measurements (bad habits die hard, no matter how hard I try 🙂 ). Rice was tasty and is very easy to prepare. However, the next time I make it, I would add few more ingredients to the tempering to make the rice more flavorful, such as mustard seeds, chopped ginger and may be little bit of butter.

Total Time: 40 minutes

Preparation Time: 30 minutes (For cooking and cooling of rice)

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2


  • 1 cup Uncooked Rice cooked and cooled (the measuring cup that comes with the rice cooker)
  • ¾ cup Cucumber peeled and cut into small pieces
  • ½ – ¾ cup Grated Carrots
  • 2 ½ – 3 cups Yogurt (I used homemade yogurt)
  • ¼ cup Cilantro
  • Tempering
    • 2 tbsp Oil
    • 1 red Dry Chili
    • 4-6 Curry Leaves
    • 1 tsp jeera
    • 1 tbsp Urad Dal
    • ½ tsp Hing
    • 4 Green Chilies chopped
  • Mix yogurt, carrots, cucumber, cilantro, salt and rice.
  • In a pan take oil and add all the tempering ingredients.
  • Mix it with yogurt rice.
  • Garnish with some cilantro and grated carrot.
  • Serve immediately. Refrigerate rice immediately as yogurt becomes sour at room temperature.


  • To make it more flavorful try add mustard seeds, chopped or grated ginger and little bit butter when tempering.

Sahaja of SpicyRasam asked for a Single Serving Recipe and Trupti is hosting Cooking for Kids: Rice started my Sharmi of Neivadyam.  I am sending this recipe to Sahaja and Trupti for their events.


Cucumber Watermelon Cooler April 29, 2009

This recipe is from Tarla Dalal. When I saw the recipe, the list of ingredients raised by eyebrow, melon and cucumber??  Since I like cucumbers, I wanted to try it. The recipe called for musk melon or cantaloupe and I used watermelon instead.  It tasted just like watermelon juice. Last 3-4 days, it felt like summer out here, although summer is 2 months away and this cooler was exactly what we needed. It is indeed a good summer cooler.

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