April 13, 2010

South Indies: Menasale - Summery Cucumber & Yogurt Gravy

When I first started with South Indies, as a regualr series in the blog, a lot of people came forward & shared their favorite South Indian recipes with me. Asha from Foodies Hope was first one to mail me her Grandmother's recipe, Menasala - A summery cucumber & yogurt gravy. Thanks Asha, for this wonderful recipe. Its now a regular at my home too.

Summer is at its peak here. And, what can be a better way to beat the heat ...

Menasale

You Will Need:
  • 2 cucumbers - peeled & chopped into small cubes
  • 1 cup fresh yogurt
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 2 dry red chillies - broken
  • Finely chopped cilantro - for garnish

To Grind:

  • 2 -3 tbsp fresh coconut - grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 tbsp yogurt

Method:

  • In a tsp of oil, roast all the ingredients mentioned in the 'To Grind' list until they turn slightly reddish. Set aside to cool.
  • Once cool, grind together with coconut, onion & yogurt adding very little water
  • In a large bowl, mix together cucumber cubes, ground paste & yogurt. Whisk well.
  • Temper with mustard seeds, red chillies & curry leaves.
  • Adjust salt & garnish with finely chopped cilantro.

Serve with HOT steamed rice. Enjoi !!!

The addition of roasted coriander seeds & raw onions add a kick to the otherwise regular raita. This is a perfect summer dish .. Go ahead & make it right now ...

39 comments:

Shabs.. said...

Thats a yummy and mouthwatering dish, and very well presented!!

Priya said...

Lovely presentation and such a mouthwatering dish..looks awesome..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Love the cucumber and yogurt dish. Very cooling and pleasantly spiced! Love your profile picture too..saw it in priya's space and that pulled me here..lovely Menasale..great presentation. Happy to be your 135th follower!See u soon!

Madhura Manoj said...

Great presentation.Looks so inviting...Following u.

Yummy Team said...

It looks so yummy! Nice presentation..

Madhu said...

Love the click, looks gorgeous.
Menasale is bit different from our majjige huli, like the spices used here.Must try..

Madhu said...

Love the click, looks gorgeous.
Menasale is bit different from our majjige huli, like the spices used here.Must try..

Meena said...

love your recipe collection...very unique...glad to follow you!

Parita said...

I always make raita with yogurt and cucumbers but this looks even more tempting!

Pavithra said...

Looks yummy and nice click.. with coconut shell.

jeyashrisuresh said...

yummy and delicious looking dish with cute clicks. apt for the hot summer

Tina said...

Wow...perfect and neat presentation dear...Soooo beautiful...

Valarmathi said...

Lovely Deesha, looks fantastic and delicious. Beautiful presentation.

priya said...

yummy recipe n awesome presentation

Sush said...

very nice presentation. We too make it the same way, but we call it by a different name :)

Suparna said...

yummy one deesha!! beautiful snap,
I love this dish esp. in summer..the heat here is worsening day by day :(

Suma said...

Looks so good in that coconut shell...

Life is beautiful!!! said...

Happy new year to you too :) Nice blog, beautiful photographs and yummy recipes :)

SathyaSridhar said...

Happy New Year dear,,,thanks for ur wishes and cucumber in yoghurt looks great dear with nice presentation.

Nadjibella said...

Je découvre ton blog et j'aime beaucoup.
A bientôt.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Nice pic...good one

jayasri said...

Beautiful click..., I love it too and call it pacchadi

Kannada Cuisine said...

delectable :) We call it Mosarushale sans the onion in the recipe...

sangeeta said...

thanks for dropping by Deesha !!
cucumber raita is a regular at my place but this looks rich with coconut ..i'd surely love this version.

Krishnaveni said...

looks great and perfect fot hot summer

Madhavi said...

Beautiful presentation and very nice recipe :))

notyet100 said...

wow this looks so authentic,..

Ivy said...

Looks very tasty and refreshing.

srividhya Ravikumar said...

looks delicious.. do drop in at my site whenever.. following you

Gita Jaishankar said...

Nice picture Deesha...the gravy looks too good in the coconut bowl :)

Mangala Bhat said...

Wow! Thats typical Havyaka recipe .Looks too good ..:)

Uma said...

mmm. yummy dish! looks lovely.

J said...

lovely presentation..mouthwatering..

sra said...

Lovely photo! I'm making this tomorrow - I have only one cucumber but I have some yellow pumpkin, so will substitute and add more colour to this!

I guess you meant roast coriander and cumin, cool and then grind with the rest of the ingredients under the Grind list? Looking forward to making this.

sra said...

Dee, I made this yesterday, I needed more than one cup of curds, though! It was so v tasty - I didn't grind the onion along with the coconut but just mixed it in. And my green chillies had ripened into orange, so it didn't look as pretty as yours, but it tasted great!

DEESHA said...

@Sra: Glad you liked it ..

meeso said...

That looks great in the coconut shell!

Asha said...

Oh! You tried it. Looks beautiful in a coconut shell. I love this too, great for Summer days as it involves no cooking except seasoning. Enjoy and thanks for trying! :))

Sujatha said...

Hi Deepti,
Your new follower !! Tried this recipe today. it tastes good. a different taste from the usual gojju and raitha.

Liked the way you have presented it... Wish coconuts were bigger, and we could have used the shell as a serving bowl too ;-)

Sujatha (Kanakatte family ;-)