A super simple and super delicious recipe is what I am sharing today. In my previous post I have shared the recipe of how to make the very Mangalorean ‘kharam‘ – a traditional cucumber & onion salad that is usually served all year round, especially during the Monthi Feast which is the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mother Mary’s birthday). This feast which falls on the 8th of September also coincides with the harvest feast which is celebrated in Mangalore, its surrounding places and most parts of the Konkan coast.
While I have grown up eating the simpler version of this salad, this one has grown to be my favourite now. I am a fan of coconut and mustard and it is as if this recipe was created just for me! The difference between what I shared earlier and this one is that this recipe includes a basic coconut chutney to which mustard has been added. Many Catholics I know are familiar with this version and I believe that there is yet another version which calls for dry red chillies instead of green ones to be ground along with the coconut. One dish, so many versions! Isn’t that fascinating?
I hope you like this recipe as much as I do. Do take a look at my entire Monthi Feast collection of recipes here.
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Wishing all my readers who celebrate, a Happy Monthi Feast!!
“Sakkad Sangatha Melya, sakkad lagin sarya, amche thaley ek keryan, Moryek hogolshiya!”
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Thoushyache Kharam is served on the festive meal platter for the harvest feast/feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mother Mary's birthday)
- 2 medium sized cucumbers (approx 200 grams)
- salt to taste
- 1 loosely packed cup freshly grated coconut
- 1/2 small onion chopped
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1-2 small green chillies adjust to taste
- 1/2 inch ginger chopped
- 1/2 small ball of tamarind
Wash & peel the cucumbers. Sprinkle salt to taste and keep aside. After a few minutes the cucumbers will release water. You can choose to discard it. I prefer to keep the water
Grind all the ingredients mentioned under 'For the coconut chutney' using 1-2 tablespoons of water. The texture should be that of regular chutney - not too coarse, not too fine. Also, keep the chutney slightly thick and don't make it too watery. When you add it to the cucumbers the consistency will adjust. Rinse the mixer jar with 1-2 tablespoons of water & reserve it (optional step)
Add the ground coconut chutney to the cucumber slices and give it a good mix. Adjust salt if required. Optional step: Add the reserved water from the mixer jar to adjust the consistency. Serve immediately