Monday, February 28, 2011

Dosa-avakaya Pachadi (Cucumber Pickle)

The days are still cold and the nights are worst. I usually fall sick around this time of the year with the lack of sun light for more than 5 months at a stretch. When I am sick, I feel like having something hot and spicy. Luckily the last time we went to the grocery store we found the Indian cucumber which we call Dosakaya in Telugu (is there a Tamil word for this?).
Oh how I love this pickle!! I can have it anytime of the day with hot rice and a tsp of ghee...yummy!
Indian Cucumber (Dosakaya): 1
Mustard Powder: 3 tbsp:
Red Chili Powder: 3 tbsp (make it 4 more more spicy pickle)
Salt: 1 to 1/2 tbsp (stop at 1 1/2 tbsp, you can add later if you need more).
Sesame oil (til/nuvvulu/ellu): 4 to 5 tbsp
  • Wash the cucumber and dry it. There should not be any water residue. Now, cut the cucumber in to half and remove the seeds. Now, chop them in to 1 inch cubes.
  • Mix salt, chili and mustard powder in a separate bowl and add to the cucumber pieces. Mix well. Now add the spice mix to the cucumber pieces and mix well. 
  • Slowly add the oil to the cucumber pieces. The mixture should me slightly oily like shown below but not too much.
  • Now, cover the bottle/bowl with a tight lid and leave it aside for about a day.
  • The above picture shows how it is supposed to look like when it is freshly prepared. The first picture is how it looks like after a day when we can enjoy the pickle with hot rice, ghee and and mudda pappu (dal without tadka).


  1. Looks absolutely delicious and awesome color dear..

  2. Delicious pickle with cucumber,love the color,drool worthy..thanks for sharing dear.

  3. avakkaya is my fav .always i remembering the taste i had from banglore once i tried and it was an unsuccessful story. urs looks delicious and spicy

  4. Gorgeous color..looks soooo tempting!!

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  5. Tongue tickling pickle..sooooo tempting!

  6. lovely color...looks very yummyy !!!!!!!
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  8. Looks spicy and tempting pickle..

  9. Oooh! That looks so tempting, lipsmacking recipe

  10. I have seen this vegetable at Hyderabad hostel, but never know' one can make pickles out of it. Wow, luks delicious, wish I get the same veggie here. Thanks for the recipe:)

  11. sooo tempting and mouth watering pickle...

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    dosakaya pachadi