BM# 74: Week 3/ Day 2
Theme: Thalis/ Spreads
Dish: Simple South Indian Vegetarian Thali

Today I have a simple South Indian vegetarian thali. Coming up with a menu is quite a task — picking dishes that complement each other is an art. So I took the help of my Dakshin cookbook. The author, Chandra Padmanabhan, has a whole chapter of suggested menus and I picked one of the simpler ones.Vegetarian South Indian Menu Idea Here’s what is in (and around) my South Indian Vegetarian thali:

  • Mysore Rasam
  • Cilantro-Onion Chutney (recipe to follow soon)
  • Green Pepper Poriyal
  • Fresh Cucumber Salad (recipe follows)
  • Rice
  • ChipsVegetarian South Indian Menu IdeaI loved making these dishes as they are quite easy to make with not much prep work or cooking involved. If you have the poriyal powder and Mysore rasam powder handy, the curry and the rasam don’t take too hands on time to make. Cilantro-Onion chutney is sweet, spicy and delicious — I’m going to share that recipe soon.

Vegetarian South Indian Menu Idea I’m including the recipe for the refreshing south Indian style cucumber salad below. This salad has cucumber, soaked moong dal, coconut and a crunchy tempering with dal and seeds. The most time consuming part of this dish is soaking the moong dal which can be done while the other dishes are being prepped and cooked.Simple South Indian Vegetarian ThaliThe tempering with dals and seeds gives it the south Indian flair and makes it extra special. Fresh grated coconut adds sweetness to this delicious salad.Simple South Indian Vegetarian Thali

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South Indian style Cucumber Salad
South Indian style Cucumber Salad
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Print Recipe
Here's a simple South Indian Vegetarian Menu that can be served for lunch or dinner. Rice is accompanied with rasam, curry, chutney and cucumber salad.
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2 minutes 1 hour
South Indian style Cucumber Salad
South Indian style Cucumber Salad
Yum
Print Recipe
Here's a simple South Indian Vegetarian Menu that can be served for lunch or dinner. Rice is accompanied with rasam, curry, chutney and cucumber salad.
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2 minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2 minutes 1 hour
Ingredients
For the Salad:
  • 1 Large Cucumber, finely chopped*
  • 2 tbsp Moong dal, soaked for 1 hour
  • 2~3 tbsp Fresh grated coconut
  • 1 Green Chili, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • To taste salt
For Tempering:
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • ½ tsp Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 Dry Red Chili, halved
  • 8~10 curry leaves
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the chopped cucumber, coconut, green chili, cilantro, salt and lime juice.
  2. Drain the soaked moong dal and add it to the cucumber mixture.
  3. Heat oil in a small pan; add all the ingredients for tempering. When the seeds start to splutter, add to the salad. Mix well.
  4. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Recipe Notes
  • I used English cucumber that has a very thin skin, so I didn't peel it. If you are using an Indian cucumber, then peel, deseed and add to the salad.
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10 thoughts on “Simple South Indian Vegetarian Thali — Fresh Cucumber Salad Recipe”

  1. That’s a mouthwatering simple South Indian thali. I love simple salads like these. Make a great side dish for Indian food snd also goes well with some of the western cuisines.

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