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Cucumber Pulissery

Cucumber Pulissery

Diced cucumbers cooked in spiced coconut and blended silken tofu seasoned with fenugreek seeds. A vegan version of a classic sadhya dish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Sadhya, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Kerala
Servings 5 people


  • 2 cups cucumber cubed
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder; cayenne
  • salt to taste

Coconut Mixture

  • 1/2 cup  grated coconut  fresh or frozen
  • 1 -2 green chili   adjust according to your heat level
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 3 shallots   you can substitute red or yellow onion
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves

Tofu Curd

  • 1 box (12.3 oz) silken tofu   regular tofu will also work
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1-2 lemon or lime
  • salt to taste


  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 2 dried whole red chilis
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • a pinch fenugreek powder
  • 2-4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 inch ginger crushed
  • 6-8 shallots  sliced; you can substitute red or yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp unrefined coconut oil


  • Cook cubed cucumber, 1/4 cup of water, turmeric, red chili powder and salt
    Cucumber Pulissery
  • Gather all the ingredients for the coconut mixture and blend to a smooth paste.
    Coconut paste
  • Blend the tofu, soy milk, juice from 1 or 2 lemons or limes, and salt.
    Silken tofu
  • Add coconut mixture and tofu curd to a pot and cook for a few mins stirring occasionally. Add more water if the curry is too thick for you.
  • In another pan heat coconut oil and add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, dried red chilis, and curry leaves. When you put the curry leaves in be prepared for a lot of spluttering. You can put a lid on right afterward for a few seconds to prevent all the mustard seeds from popping out and to protect yourself from splattering oil.
  • Now add a pinch of fenugreek seed powder and give it a good stir for a couple of seconds and add crushed garlic and ginger. Stir fry for a minute and take in that beautiful aroma!
  • Now throw in the sliced shallots and a couple of pinches of salt.
  • Saute the mixture until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the onion mixture to the curry and stir it in. That's it!
  • Enjoy with rice!
    Cucumber Pulissery
Keyword Fenugreek, Tofu