Archive for October 21st, 2009

Cucumber or Southekai Palya

Cucumber or Southekai Palya is prepared on many important occasions in any Madhwa house.  This palya was prepared twice during my visit to Bangalore, in two of my Brother-in-Law’s houses; one for Mahalaya Amavasya and another for Sri Satyanarayana Pooja. It is quick, healthy and easy to prepare.

Cucumber Palya


  • 1 cucumber or southekai chopped evenly by removing the skin and the seeds
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1/2 fresh coconut finely grated
  • for tampering: 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, pinch of hing, 1 tsp channa dal, 1 tsp urad dal,  2 tsp oil, salt to taste


  • Wash, peel the skin, remove the seeds and chop cucumber evenly.
  • In a pan, add oil. When the oil is heated, add mustard seeds, hing, channa dal, urad dal. When the dal changes color.
  • Next, add the cucumber and a few spoons of water. Cover and let it cook.
  • When the cucumber is soft, add salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Finally, add coconut.
  • Serve with rice or even with chapathi.
  • Also, check the way it is served on the right hand side of the plantain leaf.

Served on Plantain Leaf

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