Some generous neighbor of mine left a box outside with a sign that said "Free Indian Cucumbers- picked this morning". I've never had an Indian Cucumber, so I took two. Thanks, random neighbor!
These orangey oblong cucumbers are surprisingly delicious- firmer flesh, a slight citrus flavor, and easy to peel and seed! Considering they're Indian, I made daal with them.
- 2 Indian cucumbers
- Green onions (I chopped up 3, you can use 1/2 of a regular onion)
- diced green chiles (optional)
- 1 cup lentils (I prefer French green lentils, for their consistency)
- 2 cups water (or 1 cup broth, 1 cup water)
- 1-2 Tblsp turmeric or curry powder
- 1 Tblsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cayenne or paprika (depending on how spicy you like it)
- Peel, seed, and chop the cucumbers.
- Slice the green onion thinly.
- Saute onion and cucumbers (and chiles) in a skillet over medium heat until soft.
- Add lentils, water/broth, turmeric, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne.
- Stir, then cover with lid.
- Let cook about 20 minutes, or until the lentils are soft and everything is cooked down a bit.
- Smash it all together with a potato masher.
- Serve warm over rice (or in my case, smashed potatoes).
Labels: daal, dal, indian, main dish, recipe