Steamed Cucumber Cake – a traditional Mangalorean snack made using rice, cucumber, coconut and jaggery.
There is so much more to Mangalorean food than the popular neer dosas, kori rotti, chicken sukka, Mangalore buns etc. Steamed Cucumber cake which is known as Thekareda Adde in Tulu (local language spoken in Mangalore) is a traditional snack made using cucumbers, rice, coconut and jaggery. In olden days, Steamed cakes made with cucumber, bottlegourd, jackfruit were very common in Mangalorean homes. But over the years these traditional snacks have taken a backseat and is almost on the verge of being forgotten.
About Steamed Cucumber Cake
Steamed Cucumber cake is one of the traditional snacks prepared across Mangalore and Udupi region This is a healthy snack made with rice, cucumber, coconut and jaggery. This mildly sweet snack can be served for breakfast or as a evening tea time snack. There is a similar type of snack made by Goans which is known as Tavsali. Tavsali is made using semolina, cucumber, coconut and jaggery.
Since we do not use baking soda or any fruit salt, the cake will be dense in texture. The dish is healthy, vegan,
List of ingredients to make Steamed cucumber cake
Rice – any type of rice works fine for this recipe. I have used Parimal rice.
Cucumber – preferably the bigger green variety of cucumbers
Coconut – fresh, grated coconut
Jaggery – any type of jaggery can be used. But organic jaggery gives a nice colour to the dish
How to make Steamed cucumber cake
Wash and soak rice in water for 2 to 3 hours.
Peel the cucumbers and chop them.
Transfer chopped cucumber to a mixer jar. Add soaked rice, jaggery powder, fresh, grated coconut and salt.
Blend to a smooth paste without adding any water.
Grease a plate. Pour the batter.
Boil water in a steamer. Place the plate in the steamer and steam for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cool and cut into desired shapes.
Steamed Cucumber Cake | Thekkareda Adde
- 1 ½ cups ofrice
- 2 medum sized cucumbers
- 1 cup fresh, grated coconut
- 1 cup jaggery powder
- Wash andsoak rice for 2 to 3 hours.
- Wash and peel cucumbers. Chop and keep aside.
- Into a mixer jar, add chopped cucumber, soaked rice, grated coconut, jaggery powder and salt.
- Blend to a smooth paste without adding any water.
- Grease a steel plate with few drops of oil.
- Pour the batter on to the plate.
- Boil water in a steamer.
- Place the plate in the steamer.
- Steam for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Allow this to cool and then cut in to desired shapes.
- Serve steamed cucumber cake as a tea time snack.
Frequently asked questions
Which rice is suited for this recipe?
Any rice works fine for this recipe. I have used Parimal rice.
Can we use any type of cucumber for this recipe?
The large and green variety of cucumber is best suited for this recipe.
Can we add baking soda or fruit salt to the batter?
Traditionally, baking soda or fruit salt is not used for this dish. However, if you wish, you can add baking soda or fruit salt to the batter.
Can this batter be baked in the oven ?
Yes, the batter can be baked.
Can we add dry fruits/nuts to the batter?
Yes you can.
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