Mangalore Cucumber curry:

Traditionally we call this Sauthe kai Huli menasina Kodilu/Koddel. The literal translation of this is, Sauthe kai means sambar cucumber, Huli is tamarind, menasu is chilli, koddel is sambar or curry. It is sambar cucumber or coloured cucumber curry with a raw masala of fresh coconut flavoured with non-roasted masala.

Here we only use fresh coconut, Byadagi red chillies, tamarind as the main ingredient, and after boiling, seasoned with curry leaves, roasted garlic by using coconut oil.

To get an authentic taste, one should use coconut oil and freshly grated coconut for this curry.


Now we will see the recipe part.


Coloured cucumber – 1


Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Fresh coconut – 1 bowl

Red Byadagi chillies – 2 to 3

Tamarind – gooseberry size

Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon

For seasoning:

Coconut oil – 1 tablespoon

Mustard – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli – 1

Curry leaves – 2 springs

Garlic – 10 cloves (crushed)


-Wash Mangalore/Coloured/sambar cucumber.

Chop off two ends, slice into four pieces, remove the inner core (seed part), and chop into bite-sized pieces.

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-Check now for the taste. If it is bitter, soak the pieces in plain water for 5 minutes.

-Discard the water and proceed. If cucumber tastes good, there is no need to soak in water, and you can directly proceed with cooking.

-Cook these pieces in a sufficient amount of water. Add salt and red chilli powder as well.

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-In the meantime, grind masala by putting coconut, tamarind, red chillies and turmeric.

-When cucumber cooks well, add ground masala, adjust the consistency and boil.

-When the mixture boils nicely, switch off the gas.

-Prepare seasoning, heat oil, splutter mustard, add garlic, red chilli, curry leaves.

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-When garlic becomes deep brown, add the seasoning over boiled gravy.

-Keep this closed for a while before serving to absorb all the flavours.

-Serve with hot rice.

One more variation of this curry is by adding –Turkey berry.

To know about the Turkey berry, you can click the link HERE.  

The method is straightforward. Crush those washed turkey berries/ Kudane, put them in water, rinse them a couple of times, and remove the seeds as much as possible; in this way, the tartness of the berries vanishes. Keep as it is and follow the above procedure to make Cucumber curry.

-When cucumber cooks partially, add those washed and cleaned berries and cook further. Then, add freshly ground masala and curry by following the above description.


To maintain authentic taste,

-use fresh coconut, Coconut oil.

-Retain the outer skin of garlic and crush.

-Inner core or seed is used in a couple of recipes.

-One is Chutney, and the other one is Rasam. I will update ASAP.


Pumpkin Flower Tawa fry:

Pumpkin flower is bright yellow coloured, which is loaded with essential nutrients, minerals and used in a different cuisine around the world and considered as a rare delicacy in a gourmet cuisine as well. 

Pumpkin plant bears male as well as female flowers separately. Usually Male flowers appears initially, and female flower is a rarity. These flowers last only for a day and wither by the evening. That is the reason why we see only Male flower in cooking. It has a main role in pollination and after that it will wither, and female flower will grow as a Pumpkin. If you have a doubt in distinguishing between male and female flowers, male has only a long stalk and the female has a round green, big swollen structure(ovary) at the base of the petals.

Pumpkin flowers are used either in a raw, tossed, pan fried, cooked forms in various recipes and it is found occasionally in salads, soups or batter fried. Here I am showing Mangalore style tawa fry in which pumpkin flower will be coated with seasoned fine semolina and tawa roasted by drizzling some coconut oil to give coastal touch.

If you have Pumpkin, squash or Zucchini plant in your garden, collect all the male flowers and make this and enjoy your meal. You can collect the fresh flowers every day and store it in an air tight box for 3 to 4 days and utilise in your cooking.

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This is how I make-


Pumpkin flowers – 5 to 6

Fine semolina – 1 small cup (chiroti rawa)


Hing – ¼ tea spoon

Turmeric powder – ½ tea spoon

Red chilli powder – 1 tea spoon

Coconut oil – as needed


-Wash flower, give one fine slit at the bottom of the flower and cut open.

-Remove stamen.

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-Dry mix all seasoning items from rawa, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and hing.

-Take each flower and coat with the seasoning, by rolling.

-Heat iron tawa/ griddle, place all these coated flowers.

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-Roast these by using sufficient coconut oil on both the sides.

-Serve these with hot rice and Rasam or dhal.



Gujje palya/ Tender jackfruit Subzi:

Gujje is nothing but tender jackfruit. We Mangalore people start using Gujje from its very tender form. This particular recipe is for very tender means even before its formation of eyes (seed) and known as “Guddhi palya” as it is prepared after crushing. We will see how to prepare this in a traditional way.        



Tender jackfruit – 1

Mustard- 1 tsp.

Black gram dal – 1 tsp.

Red chilli – 1 (for seasoning)

Curry leaves – 4 springs

Coconut oil – 4 tsp.

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp.

Turmeric – ½ tsp.

Tamarind – ½ tsp.

Salt and jaggery – for taste.

Grated coconut – 3 tbl sp.

Methi seeds – ½ tsp(roasted)

Red chilli – 2 to 3 (roasted)


  • Remove outer thorny skin and centre core. Cut the inner pith into one-inch cubes. Immerse in water for 10 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  • Take one thick-bottomed kadai or pressure cooker. I usually prefer one whistle a pressure cooker. This method fastens the procedure.
  • Put chopped jack pieces, salt, tamarind, jaggery, red chilli powder, turmeric. Now add a cup of water and cook until one whistle.

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  • When it becomes cool, remove the cooker lid.
  • Mash the cooked jack a little so that all the segments of the jack pieces will open, and it will help to enhance the taste and structure of the palya.
  • Dry grind coconut, roasted methi and red chilli into rough powder and add.

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  • Now check for the seasoning and cook until any remaining water is dried and the masala cooks and coats well.
  • Garnish with curry leaves, two tsp. Take raw coconut oil, keep it closed, and cook for a while so the coconut and curry leaves’ flavours will spread to give a very authentic “homely” flavour.
  • Season it by heating coconut oil and adding mustard. When it splits, add Urad dal, red chilli and curry leaves and pour over the ready palya/sabzi.
  • This palya will taste great with ghee and hot rice or as a side dish with Rasam rice.


Sambrani gadde Palya /Chinese potato stir fry:

Chinese potato is commonly known as koorka or kooka. These are tiny tubers, with deep brown skin, unlike potato. Otherwise, it looks like baby potatoes. It is a less known, neglected vegetable and tastes good with a very little seasoning or additives. It is high in nutritional value and carbohydrate.


Chinese potato – ½ kg


Coconut oil – 2 teaspoons

Mustard seeds -1 teaspoon

Urad dal – 1 teaspoon

Hing – ¼ tsp

Dried Red chillies – 2

Curry leaves – 2 strings

Onion – 1/2 ( chopped)

Tamarind – 1/2 tsp (soak it in a tbl sp of water)

Turmeric – ½ teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Jaggery – ½ teaspoon

Grated coconut – 2 tablespoons


-Soak Chinese potato for 20 minutes, it will help in cleaning as well as while peeling the outer skin.

-After washing, peel outer skin by scraping it and keep immerse in water. 

-Chop like a match stick and immerse it in water to avoid blackening. 

-Now take a thick vessel, add little water, turmeric, salt, jaggery and boil. Add drained kooka pieces and cook in low heat, until it is firm and soft.

-Now, proceed with the seasoning. Take one Kadai, heat  1 a spoon of coconut oil, splutter mustard, add urad dal, hing, broken red chillies, onion and fry for 2 min.

-Add cooked kooka, red chilli powder, little tamarind water, freshly grated coconut and fry for a while.

-Lastly, add 1 tsp of raw coconut oil, curry leaves, mix everything, close the lid and keep this for 2 to 5 min on a low flame. 

-Flavour of Raw coconut oil and curry leaves would give a nice aroma to this side dish. Enjoy hot rice and dhal topped with ghee.


Neeru Mavinakayi/ Brined mango chutney:

The word “Neeru Mavinakayi” makes me nostalgic and my mouth water. I am sure that is the case with every Mangalorean. We grew up with very basic comfort food during monsoons. Which consists of kucchilakki (Red rice) ganji accompanied with ghee and this chutney, which is made by using coconut and dried red chillies.

Raw mango in brine is known as Neeru Mavinakayi. During its season we normally preserve raw, firm mangoes by putting it in brine solution. This way, the mangoes can be enjoyed throughout the year. We do make varieties of recipes and this chutney is one of them.

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Brined mango – 1

Fresh Coconut – 1 cup

Dried red chillies – 3 to 4

Hing – ¼ tsp


Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Mustard – 1 tsp

Red chilli – 1

Curry leaves – 1 string


– Take out one mango from the brine, wash properly and peel outer skin and chop.

-Roast red chillies and hing in a drop of coconut oil.

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– Grind chopped mango, roasted items and coconut into coarse paste by adding very minimal water.

-It usually doesn’t require salt, if needed you can check the taste and add accordingly.

-Add seasoning by heating oil, when mustard splutters add curry leaves and add this to the chutney.

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-Enjoy either with white rice or like us with boiled rice (red rice) ganji and ghee.




Herbal Hair Oil :

Oil massage is very useful for the hair. It helps in preventing dandruff, hair fall and split ends. At least once in a week we should oil our hair and scalp to prevent it from all these problems.



Traditional home made Herbal hair oil which we used to apply during our childhood contained so many rare ingredients like Bhringaraja, Bilvapatra etc. After marrying and settling in a bigger city, I had no access to these things and over the years I made some modifications to attain that goodness by mixing easily accessible ingredients from our surroundings.

This is how I prepare my yearly stock of very useful herbal hair oil.

Ingredients: Take some leaves from your surroundings like

-Brahmi (potted or any Mangalore store has it) you can use Brahmi powder as well.

-Rose leaves or Flowers.

-Curry leaves.

-Leaves of any variety of Jasmine.

-Tulsi leaves/Holy Basil

-Ixora flower bunch.

-Hibiscus flower and some leaves.

-Methi leaves or Stem or both combined.

-Little raw methi/Fenugreek seeds.

1- lemon.

-Coconut oil -1 liter.




-wash all these materials (other than raw methi) very well.

-Take your mixer jar. At first take raw methi and powder. Then add leaves and chopped lemon (with skin) .Grind this with sufficient water. Now Herbal concentration is ready.

-Now take one thick bottomed vessel. Mix this ground mixture with one litre Coconut oil and boil nicely.

-it is exactly like ghee making, but will take much longer time. At first you will see a frothy texture, but slowly the bubbling will stop and the liquid will become transparent .At the bottom you will see a brown thick fibre like structure. Now switch off the gas and keep it for cooling.

When it comes to room temperature, sieve this and collect this fragrant herbal oil in a clean vessel and discard bottom fibrous part. After collecting this oil, store this in a dry airtight bottle. Use this at least once a week and enjoy.


Pumpkin Tawa Fry

Two years back I had a pumpkin vine in my kitchen garden. We enjoyed so many delicacies from its flower and we used to love the  tawa fry of the flowers a lot. Even now my daughter remembers the taste of it and asks me to make them. Last week she asked me to try pumpkin tawa fry, instead of the flower and it turned out to be absolutely delicious and she was happy too. It is a blend of all kinds of flavours, the sweetness and hing combine to make it a great side dish.


Here I have used green colored young pumpkin –


Pumpkin slices – 20

For marinating:

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Hing – ¼ tsp

Red chilli powder – ½ tsp

Outer cover:

Chiroti /fine rawa – 3 table spoon

Rice flour – 2 teaspoon

Powdered Hing – ½ tsp

Salt – to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric – ½ teaspoon

Coconut oil – 3 -4 table spoon.


  • Slice pumpkin into ¼ “thickness, with outer skin intact.


  • Put marinating ingredient and mix this and keep aside for 1 to 2 hours.
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  • Take one bowl: mix all the ingredients under outer cover- rawa, salt, rice flour, hing, red chilli powder, turmeric – and mix without adding water.
  • Whenever you are ready to make it, heat iron Dosa griddle, dip each piece in the rawa mix, coat both the side nicely and keep them for frying on the hot iron griddle.
  • Roast both the sides by applying sufficient coconut oil.


  • It can be served as an appetizer or side dish for a South Indian lunch.

-Hope you will like the dish as much as we did 🙂

Have a nice day! Cant wait to put up more dishes for you 😀

P.S: If any of my ideas inspire you to create something on the similar lines, I would feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding 🙂