Enjoy a chatpata, street-style masala kakdi to cool off the summer heat. This low-calorie cucumber snack is perfect for the young and old, especially the diabetic.
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What is masala kakdi?
Once I describe this you will probably go that’s it! This is all the hype about?
Yes, it is true. This is the simplest thing you will ever do. It is strips of cucumber with toppings of salad chilli and herbs. That’s it.
Ingredients to make street-style masala kakdi
This low-calorie cucumber snack should not even be a beginner recipe. It is possible as long as you can peel and slice a cucumber.
Cucumber: the hydrating cucumbers or kakadi are delightful in summer. The variegated cucumber, apple cucumber or Lebanese cucumbers are all equally lovely to make this recipe. Keeping your cucumber chilled helps to make this snack perfect during the heat.
Salt: regular salt or Himalayan salt is enough for this recipe. Black salt gives it a bit more chatpata taste. If fasting, try sendha namak.
Chilli powder: this is for that slight heat keeping everything a bit more exciting. Just a sprinkle of Kashmir chilli powder or paprika will do for a mild version. You can use cayenne or Indian red chilli powder if you like a bit of heat.
Lemon or lime juice: gives tanginess and freshness to the recipe. Just a little bit goes a long way. You can use shaved frozen lemon juice to add to the coolness.
Green chutney: adds a bit of herby goodness to the cucumbers by topping them off with fresh green chutney
Chopped onions: I have had the same style of cucumber with sprinkled finely chopped onions. Use red onions for this.
Chaat masala: bring that chaat chatpata to this basic recipe by sprinkling chaat masala on the cucumbers.
Let’s make masala cucumber
This is done in 5 minutes. So, get set.
Wash and pat dry the cucumber. Peel the skin. Cut each cucumber lengthwise into four parts. Place these on a plate. Sprinkle the salt, chilli powder and a generous squeeze of lemon.
Done, now it is eating time.
How long does masala cucumber keep?
The masala kakadi is an instant snack, not one to make and save but rather one to do on impulse. What you can do ahead however is to peel and cut the cucumbers and keep it in a sealed box in the refrigerator. This will save up cutting time.
- 2 medium cucumber
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tbsp Lemon juice
- Wash and pat dry the cucumbers.
- Peel them and slice them longitudinally into 4 pieces.
- Place them on a serving plate.
- Sprinkle salt and chilli powder on them.
- Drizzle with the lemon juice.
- The snack is now ready to eat.
Recipes using cucumbers
If you are looking for more recipes with cucumbers try these
Dukkah crusted cucumbers
Cucumber and kohlrabi salad
Simple Cucumber raita
Cacick- turkish cucumber yogurt dip
Sunomono- Japanese cucumber salad
Kosambari-South Indian cucumber and dal salad
Masala cucumbers are such a strong connection to Bengaluru. To date every visit to Bengaluru takes at least one try at this cucumber snack. If you love this recipe, don’t miss to share with us your memories in the comments below.
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