Cucumber Idli ~ Instant Idli ~ Konkani Recipes

One fine morning, I was just in search of some Instant Quick Idli recipes. I have already tried Instant Rava Idli before, time to try some thing new. And I am not in the mood for oatmeal today, so that narrows the selection to very limited Instant Idli recipes out there, and this Cucumber Idli, a Kokani recipe is the winner for that morning! My first thought on this recipe, Cucumber and Idli, weird! And Instant that is interesting. After looking at the recipe, then I am I got to try this and keep my fingers crossed to know how soft this Idli will turn out. Well, the end of result of this recipe answered all my emotions calling it an Happy Ending! Here is the recipe, Check it Out!

Idli Rava - 1 Cup
Cucumber - 1 Large ( or 2 small)
Grated Coconut Powder - 3 Tbsp
Green Chilli - 3
Ginger - 1 inch stick
Coriander Leaves - 1 Tbsp ( Optional)
Salt - 1 tsp

  1. Wash the Rava and keep it aside. Trim the edges of cucumber and grate it into small bowl. Squeeze the excess water out of cucumber. Add the squeezed cucumber to Rava and Save the Water.
  2. Add Coconut Powder along with Cucumber Water and grind it until smooth consistency. Add this to Rava and Cucumber Mixture.
  3. In the small mixie Jar, add, Ginger, Green Chili, (Coriander Leaves if using) and grind it into smooth paste. Add this to the Rava mixture. Add 1 tsp of salt to the mixture and mix it well. 
  4. By this time the Rava mixture becomes watery, ( depends on your cucumber), if this is not watery add 2 Tbsp of Water ( or more) to the Batter. At this time you will get a smooth running batter, remember this will be little runny in texture compare to your normal Idli Batter.
  5. Now pour this into lightly greased Idli Plates. And add 1 tsp of water in each mold before you stack and put into Idli Cooker. 
  6. Cook the Idlis in Pressure Cooker in the similar way as how you cook normal idlis ( 10 to 15 min pressure cooking).
  7. After 10 minutes, time for moment of truth. Open the Idli Cooker ( now you can uncross your fingers,  :-P i know you must be crossed your finger already to witness the results) and let them cool for 5 min. And remove the Idli from molds. Initially the Idli looks little watery but after 5 min, the Idli becomes firm. Serve when they are hot, with Peanut Chutney or they tasted wonderful with Sambar. 

How did they turn out?  Super....! :-)


  • As we have used cucumber in this Idli, this Idli will not last that long. So prepare in small quantities and enjoy these immediately. I would not recommend to store in refrigerator or for reuse at all. 
  • This Idli is purely made with Idli Rava no Urad Dal at all. 
  • You can use a pinch of Baking Soda or 1 Tbsp of Eno Water to get the firm shape. 

Other Related Recipes:

More IDLI Recipes

More Instant Breakfast Recipes

will be back with another creative recipe
until then take care

Basbousa - Semolina Sweet Cake ~ Mediterranean Recipes

Babousa is a Semolina Sweet Cake made with routine ingredients like Sooji Rava, Coconut Powder etc, but gets soaked in rosy sugary syrup to stand out as Unique Dish both in texture and taste. This sweet is very soft, little flaky, not too sweet but melts in mouth. The ingredients used this recipe are also very light makes it little healthy compare to other traditional cakes. As name states it is not truly a Cake and not truly a Sweet, it is definitely mixture of both hence the 'Sweet Cake' name is apt, and this is very tasty and light.

Basbousa is a pretty popular in Egyptian Cuisines and famous in Middle Eastern Countries.  There are several variations in this cake as it can be made differently in several regions from Egypt to Middle Eastern to Turkey. It's known with several  names as well, Basbousa, Basboosa, Revani. This is also pretty popular in Arabic Countries and known as Traditional Arabic Sweet called as Revani.

As this cake is not too sweet and light this will be good to serve as afternoon snack along with Tea or Coffee or this will be a Special Supper Snack after dinner. When ever you serve, once you taste you will be hooked on to this and you won't stop eating with just one ;-). Usually the Arabic Sweets are very delicious but most of the recipes are very complicated and hard to make. But on the contrast, this recipe is simple and easy to make with limited handy ingredients.  What are you waiting for, Here is the recipe, Go For It! :-)

Sooji Rava / Semolina - 1 1/2 cup
Coconut Powder - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Butter - 1/2 cup ( 1 stick)
Milk - 1 cup
Egg - 1
Almond Extract - 1 tsp ( or you can use Vanilla Extract)
Almonds - for decoration ( optional) ( or you can use flakes)

For Syrup:
Sugar - 1 Cup
Water - 1 Cup
Lemon Juice - 2 Tbsp
Rose Water - 1 Tbsp

Syrup Preparation:

  1. Combine 1 cup of sugar and water in a stock pot. Wait for 5 min, until some sugar dissolves into water. 
  2. Now start boiling ( on medium heat) the water with sugar for 10 min, until the syrup consistency comes. You should get slight stickiness, that's the indication for right consistency. 
  3. Add 2 Tbsp of lemon juice and reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. 
  4. Finally add 1 Tbsp Rose Water and simmer for another 1 minute and take it off from the heat and let is cool down completely.

Cake Preparation:

  1. Mix all Dry ingredients, Semolina, Coconut Powder, Sugar, Baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a bowl, add beaten egg and milk, vanilla extract and mix it very well. Now pour this mixture into Dry ingredients bowl and mix well together. 
  3. Brush the 8*11 Baking Pan with some oil and pour the mixture into Bakign Dish. Bake this at 350 F for 20 minutes.
  4. Take it out and make diamond slits with a knife and place the almond on each piece. Now keep this back in the Oven and bale for another 20 minutes ( or until the edges turn to brown).
  5. After the second time baking is done take the Baking Pan out and let it cool on the counter top.
Putting it Together:
  1. Once the Cake and Syrup ready, pour the cool down syrup onto the warm cake. And let is sit for at least 3 to 4 hours ( or for 12 hours for best results). The more the cake soak in syrup the softer it becomes. 
  2. After 4 hours, cut along those lines and take out the pieces and they are ready to be served!

  • If you want Eggless Version you can replace 1 Cup milk + 1 Egg  with 1 Cup Yogurt.
  • If you want golden color on top, after second time baking you can broil for 2 to 3 minutes, that turns the top to golden color which gives roasted effect.
  • Once the Cake is baking in the Oven, start making sugar syrup that saves some time.
  • Lemon Juice and Rose Water will give nice aroma to the syrup, giving a nice taste to this cake. You can replace Lemon Juice with Orange Juice or Extract as a variation. 
  • These lasted for 5 days at room temperature ( outside on the counter top), store up to 10 days when stored in refrigerator. 
  • Today as I don't have Whole Almonds, I have decorated with Almond flakes!

Hope you liked this Soft and Sweet Cake for Today!

Will be back with another great International Recipe, Until then take care!

CocoZia Coconut Water ~ Product Review


I am super excited today to write a post about CoCoZia Coconut Water Product Review. When Epicurex approached me to try this product and write a review about it, I am very happy to accept the offer for 2 reasons, this is my first experience to write a review on Product that is sent to me, and two it is Coconut Water, my all time favorite natural electrolyte. So Win-Win, right!

Being an Indian, I always crave for good quality coconut water esp in Summer. In our stay in Bangalore (2012), I have fully enjoyed fresh coconut water through out the year. With that ethnic interest, I am always in search for some good quality Coconut Water in States.  I am glad to get the opportunity to do the Product Review for the CoCoZia Coconut Water.

Previously I have tried CoCoVita and some other Coconut water products, but disappointed with their artificial taste. But Unlike those CoCoZia is Organic product and it has authentic coconut water taste and it's refreshing. Coconut Water is a Natural Electrolyte  with full of minerals, Actually it can be considered as Natural Sports Drink.  I have used CoCoZia after my workouts to get hydrated naturally. I have shared this with my family members and some friends, all of them are really happy with this product and they expressed the same feeling that 'It's tasted great and natural!'.

This size is also little big than normal cans ( 16 Fl Oz) and easily serves two people. My only concern is the Price, I felt like it is little expensive compared to other CoConut Water products, it might be because it is Organic. 12 Pack costed 36 USD, each is pricing at 3 USD per unit. My suggestion is If Epicurex can sell 12 pack for 20 USD, it will be reachable for common man, and will be a super hit in the Beverage Industry.

Here are the links to find CoCoZia at Amazon Store:
16 FlOz CoCoZia 12 Pack

12 Fl oz CocoZia Water for 16 USD.

I am waiting for this to come to stores, it would be even better if we can find it in Costco, that would be awesome!

Check out the Nutrient Facts: 
Calories - 40
Total Fat - 0g
Sugars - 10g
USDA Organic Certified, Natural Coconut Water
NON GMO Verified, Gluten Free, Vegan
Kosher Coconut Water

Hope this review will be helpful for you!
will come with an interesting recipe next, take care until then!