Thouthe Kodel Recipe (Mangalore Southekayi Curry)
Traditional recipe of Mangalorean Curry
Thouthe Kodel Recipe is a very traditional Mangalorean recipe that is made from a special cucumber that is available in Karnataka. The Thouthe Kodel is supposed to have a rich red color that it gets from the dry byadgi red chillies, but you can use regular dry red chillies as well, like I did. By using the regular red chillies, the color of the curry will not be rich red. The curry also gets its full-bodied flavor from the roasted condiments like fenugreek, coriander, cumin that is ground along with garlic and coconut making the Thouthe Kodel rich, flavorful and delicious.
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- 1 Mangalorean cucumber , deseeded, cut into wedges with skin
- 2-1/2 cups Tamarind Water
- 1/2 cup Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal)
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- Salt , to taste
- Oil , for cooking Ingredients to be ground to paste
- 1 tablespoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
- 1/2 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds)
- 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
- 1/2 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
- 1 cup Fresh coconut , grated
- 3 Dry Red Chillies , (byadagi
- 2 cloves Garlic Ingredients for seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
- 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
- 2 Dry Red Chillies
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 1 sprig Curry leaves
How to make Thouthe Kodel Recipe (Mangalore Southekayi Curry)
To begin making the Thouthe Kodel Recipe (Mangalore Cucumber Curry); we will first cook the toor dal in the pressure cooker until soft and mushy. Place the toor dal in the pressure cooker along with 1-1/2 cups of water, turmeric powder and salt.
Cover the pan, pressure cook until you hear one whistle. After the first whistle, turn the heat to low and simmer the dal for about 3 to 4 minutes. After 3 to 4 minutes, turn off the heat. Allow the pressure to release naturally, as the dal will continue to cook in the pressure cooker under pressure. Once done, whisk the dal until smooth and keep aside.
The next step is to cook the Mangalore Cucumber (Touthe) along with the tamarind water. Place the cut Mangalore Cucumber (Touthe) and the tamarind water in the pressure cooker.
Add salt and cover the pressure cooker with its weight on. Allow it to pressure cook until you heat 2 to three whistles. After the whistles, turn off the heat. Place the pressure cooker under cold running water to release the pressure immediately. Cucumber cooks very fast, so its important to release the pressure immediately, so it does not become mushy.
The next step is to make the Masala for the Mangalore Cucumber Curry (Touthe). In small pan; dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, fenugreek seeds, pepper corns and red chillies until you can smell the roasted aromas coming through.
Place the roasted ingredients along with the coconut and garlic into a food processor and blend to make a smooth paste.
The final step is to combine all the ingredients. In a large sauce pan; add in the cooked and whisked dal, the cucumber tamarind curry and the masala paste. Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Place the sauce pan on medium heat and give the Thouthe Kodel a boil. Once it begins to boil, turn the heat to low and simmer until we get the seasoning ready.
To prepare the seasoning for the Thouthe Kodel; heat oil in a small pan; add all the seasoning ingredients. Allow the seeds to crackle and roast. Stir for a couple of seconds until you can smell the aromas coming through.
Add the seasoning to the simmering Thouthe Kodel and give it a stir. Transfer the Thouthe Kodel (Mangalore Cucumber Curry) to a serving bowl and serve it along with warm steamed rice or Neer Dosa