Thouthe Kodel, Mangalore Cuisine
Thouthe Kodel is a Mangalorean recipe that is made from a special cucumber that is available in Karnataka known as ‘Thouthe’.
Thouthe Kodel is a very traditional dish of Mangalorean cuisine that is made from a special cucumber that is available in Karnataka. In Mangalore this special type of cucumber is known as ‘Thouthe’ in Kannada language. The curry also gets its full-bodied flavor from the roasted condiments like fenugreek, coriander, cumin that is ground along with garlic and coconut making the Thouthe Kodel rich, flavorful and delicious.
Mangalore Cucumber - 1 medium sized, cut into wedges with skin
Tamarind Water - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 tbsp
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking
Water as required
Coriander Seeds - 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Whole Black Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Coconut - 1 cup grated
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Dry Red Chillies - 3 to 4
Garlic - 2 to 3 cloves
Ingredients for Tempering:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chillies - 2
Garlic - 2 cloves
A sprig of Curry Leaves
1. Place the toor dal in the pressure cooker along with 1-1/2 cups of water, turmeric powder and salt. Cook the toor dal in the pressure cooker until soft and mushy.
2. Once done, whisk the dal until smooth and keep aside.
3. Place the cucumber, tamarind water and salt in the pressure cooker. Allow it to pressure cook until you heat 2 to three whistles.
4. After the whistles, turn off the heat. Place the pressure cooker under cold running water to release the pressure immediately, as cucumber cooks very fast.
5. In small pan; dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, fenugreek seeds, pepper corns and red chillies until smells roasted.
6. Place the roasted ingredients along with the coconut, onion and garlic into a food processor and blend to make a smooth paste.
7. In a large sauce pan; add in the cooked and whisked dal, the cucumber tamarind curry and the masala paste.
8. Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Place the sauce pan on medium heat and give the Thouthe Kodel a boil.
9. Heat oil in a small pan; add all the tempering ingredients. Allow the seeds to crackle and roast.
10. Add the seasoning to the simmering Thouthe Kodel and give it a stir.
11. Transfer the Thouthe Kodel to a serving bowl and serve it along with warm ‘Steamed Rice’ or ‘Neer Dosa’.
(Last Updated on : 28-11-2015)
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