Thursday, April 9, 2020

Tausalli (Steamed Cucumber Cake) - A Konkani Sweet Dish

There are many such unique recipes which have been in no picture until we know it from our mother or grandmother about its existence. This is one of those few recipe which I learnt from my grandmom. Happy to carry the legacy forward and share my knowledge with all of u. Tausalli is the konkani sweet steamed cake  prepared using cucumber. Traditionally this dish was prepared mainly during festive day along with variety of other dishes to complete the festive thali.

The word Taushe means cucumber in konkani and idli means steamed cake. Hence name Tausalli  comes from taushe(cucumber) and idli (steamed cake).

Some people also prefer this dish to have it in breakfast along with spicy chutney. But we prefer to have it when piping hot with small dollop of ghee on every idli. However u eat, the unique taste of this recipe will make to prepare this dish again and again.

  • Semolina (Thin or Thick variety, as available) - 1&1/2 cup
  • Fresh cucumber, grated - 2 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup (This quantity is enough for given measurement, if want you can add 2 tbsp more)
  • coconut powder or wet scrapped coconut -1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp (for that beautiful colour)
  • Ghee - 1tbsp
  • Dryfruits (cashewnut, raisins) - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 1cup 

  • In a large bowl, add in semolina, fresh cucumber, coconut powder, cardamom powder, turmeric powder, dry fruits, ghee and water. Mix everything well and leave it aside for atleast 30 minutes.
  • Then grease the idli cooker plate and pour in 2tbsp of batter into each cavity.
  • Steam the idlis for around 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Here we go tausalli is ready to serve hot with small dollop of ghee on each of those mouthmelting goodies.
  • Do try this recipe and let me know in the comment section..Till then bye bye.

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