July 31, 2009

Keera (Cucumber) Halwa

I try to watch some of the cookery shows and this recipe was noted down during one of the telecasts of Mallika Badrinath. I missed the introduction part of the recipe. All I could gather was, this is a Mangalore special sweet and she in fact mentioned the traditional name of it, which sounded like a tongue twister to me. I had written in my book as Kheera sweet. I call it halwa now, because of the texture of the sweet. I am not sure if it has to be this way or not. A sweet is a sweet. I would like to know the real name of it from my readers.

On first bite, my husband said, it reminds him of Thiruvathirai kali. I too felt the same. May be its due to the common rice and jaggery mix. Anyways on to the recipe now.

You need

Medium sized cucumber- 1, peeled and grated
Powdered jaggery - 1 1/2 cup
Rice flour - 1 cup
Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 2 tblspoon
Roasted cashews for garnish

The orginal recipe says use raw rice. It has to be soaked for 2 hrs. I used rice flour instead. Grind the rice flour(or soaked rice), jaggery and coconut to a fine paste. You can sprinkle some waterwhile grinding. Stir in the grated cucumber. The batter consistency should be like that of idli batter. Adjust the consistency by adding water. Not much will be required since it will be taken care of the water in the cucumber.

Heat a kadai with a tablespoon of ghee. Pour the batter. Keep stirring and add ghee at intervals to prevent sticking. This should take around 10 minutes. When it comes together, pour onto a greased plate and press it down evenly. When warm, mark into squares and decorate with roasted cashews.

After tasting the sweet, I felt the batter will make good pancakes/ vella dosai.

This is my contribution to Sia's RCI-Udupi & Mangalore, an event started by Lakshmi


  1. Interesting. I can see how it would taste like Thiruvathirai Kali. Your mention about vella dosai makes me want to make it too. It was a regular breakfast dish in my ammmamma's kitchen.

  2. Hey very nice halwa. I love the flavour of kheera in any form, will give it a try.

  3. New to me. But what perfect shaped halwas...

  4. yummy halwas,never heard of this before. will try it smetime.

  5. Very interesting recipe, have turned out perfect.

  6. Yeah,u r right,the colour also looks like thiruvathirai kali :)

    Anyway sounds good,i always love jaggery sweets:)

  7. you are really a crazy woman, i am fully bowled over, how do get these ideas of making such lovely sweets, i could send my daughter & hubby to your place, they will enjoy your sweets, BM it !, will try in one of the festivals

  8. wow!very innovative recipe!
    nevr heard before..
    U have a gr888 space dear!

  9. They don't telecast mallika's shows any more, do they? It's a different lady who hosts the show now....she's good too.....

  10. Very interesting recipe, i also follow mallika badrinath's recipe. Looks yummy and lovley.

  11. yummy halwa! Mouth-watering :)

  12. looks yummy! i will also try this.. :) and let u know..

  13. Hi Jayashree-

    Was checking your blog posts, after a long time, and saw this. I wish I had this recipe last week- we have had so many cucumbers. :)

    ANyways, my neighbor had let slip that she makes a cucumber doasai (rice and cukes), and so i tried that, Then I added coconuts, to the above, and tried that. Then I broke the batter into 2 and tried - one batch with savoury (like rave idli) and made idlis and one batch with jaggery and cardomom..and steamed like plate idlis.:) All my concoctions and here you have some tru and tried:)

    I think I have to come visit you, maybe after amma is all well.:)

    Regards to athai-and a big hello to you 2-
    -Alpna Anand


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