Yellow Cucumber Dal curry – Vellarikai Paruppu Kuzhambu

Previously I have posted many dal and sambar recipes before. I usually make pachadi,moru curry with yellow cucumber or add them to sambar. Recently as the climate here is cold. I didn’t go for pachadi or moru curry with it. Instead, I started to make this dal curry with it. You can have it as a curry or as a side dish with Rice and curry-like Vathal Kuzhambu, Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambu, Pagarkai Kuzhambu or with Theeyal. Also any spicy vegetarian or Non-vegetarian sidedish dish will go well with it. I made it along with Ennai Kathirikai Kuzhambu and Vazhakkai Varuval.

Also, try similar dal recipes.

Khatti Dal

Paruppu Kuzhambu

Methi dal

Dal palak

Moong dal Sambar

Snake gourd dal pepper curry

White Pumpkin Dal curry

Mathanga Parippu Erissery

Let’s see how to make the curry.

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 25 mins

Serves : 3


For Cooking Dal

Toor Dal – 1/3 Cup

Water – 1 cup

Oil – 1 tsp

For Curry

Coconut oil – 3 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

Garlic – 6 pods (chopped)

Shallots – 6 (sliced)

Green chillies – 3 (slit into halves)

Dried red chilli – 4

Curry leaves – 2 sprigs

Asafoetida – a pinch

Cucumber – 1

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

For Grinding

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Green chillies – 2

Grated coconut – 1/3 cup ( Tightly packed)


1.Peel the skin of the cucumber. Cut them into four pieces vertically. Deseed it and chop them into small pieces.

2. In a pressure cooker cook toor dal adding water and a tsp of oil.Once it is done. Mash the dal well.

3. In a pot or pan , heat oil. When it is hot, add mustard seeds. Let them crackle. Then add chopped garlic, sliced shallots, green chillies, dried red chillies, Asafoetida, Chopped cucumber. Mix all well together. Add turmeric powder, salt. Add water, cover it with a lid and allow the cucumber to get cooked.

4. Grind cumin seeds, green chillies and grated coconut into a smooth paste adding water.

5. Add the ground paste to the curry. Mix well and allow it to boil. After it boils well, Add the dal to it and mix well. Cook for another 10 mins and switch off the flame.

Serve with Rice.

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