Few foods are as cool as a cucumber. This low calorie vegetable has hydrating properties and is packed with nutrients. There are many varieties of cucumbers and are commonly eaten raw or pickled. The peel and seeds are the most nutrient dense part of the cucumber, so think twice before you discard them! Cucumbers are naturally low in fat, carbohydrates and sodium. There are just 16 calories in a cup of chopped cucumber. They are 95% water and so help to stay hydrated especially in summer.
1. Refreshing Cucumber Juice
This drink combines the goodness of ginger with cucumbers to make a gently flavored, nutritious cooler.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Blend together cucumber and ginger with some cold water. Sieve into a glass. Add ice cubes and garnish with lemon slice/cucumber slice.
PS. You may like to vary this drink with a dash of lemonade/vodka.
2. Yummy Cucumber Salad
Cool and refreshing, this salad is very popular all over Asia.
Prep time: 10-12 minutes
In a bowl blend together vinegar, oil, honey, salt and chili flakes. In another bowl mix the onions, cucumber and red pepper. Pour the seasoning over this and combine. Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over it. Chill and serve.
3. Cucumber with Curd/ Pachadi
Raitas are commonly made in India. This is a raita with a twist. Deliciously flavored with green chili and mustard, it is from South India, namely Kerala. There is no cooking involved and can be put together in a jiffy and is wonderful accompaniment to any Indian meal.
For seasoning: ½ teaspoon mustard, 1 red chili broken, a few curry leaves, a teaspoon of coconut oil
First grind together coconut, green chilies and mustard to a paste. Place the chopped cucumbers in a bowl and stir in the curd. Add salt to taste. Next put in the ground coconut paste and combine. Season the curd mixture with mustard, curry leaves and red chili in coconut oil. The pachadi is ready.
Serve with any kind of rice or roti.