Indian Spiced Cucumber, Peas and Mint

Warm Indian Cucumber

For a girl who is constantly cooking new recipes from all types of cuisines, I’ll admit I’ve been in something of a rut when it comes to Indian food.  I’m constantly trying new recipes, yes, but I’m such a fan of Ruta Kahate’s first cookbook (5, Spices: 50 Dishes…. I’ve mentioned it many, many times already) that I find myself , even with a stack of Indian cookbooks on the shelf, cooking almost exclusively from 5 Spices, 50 Dishes.

It was Anjum Anand who finally lured me away from my tried-and-true with a lovely photo of this warm cucumber dish in her cookbook Anjum’s New Indian.  A couple years ago I probably would have passed it by, thinking to myself, cooked cucumbers?

Warm Indian Cucumber 1

But now I know better.  It was actually Cambodian food that made me see the light, specifically this Cambodian Curried Shrimp with Cucumbers.   When lightly cooked, cucumbers add a delicate flavor and a tender-crisp texture.  In this recipe, cucumbers and peas are combined with plenty of Indian spices in a yogurt-based sauce.

Having already made this several times in the past week or so, I feel pretty safe declaring this dish a success.  Maybe this will help ease my anxiety about branching off into other Indian cookbooks?  Only time will tell.

Warm Indian Cucumber 2


Indian Spiced Cucumber, Peas and Mint

Yield: 4 side servings

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


* 1-1/2 Tablespoons oil
* 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
* 3/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
* 1 teaspoon ground coriander
* 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 cucumbers, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, seeded and cut into thin slices
* 1 cup frozen green peas
* 1/4 cup plain yogurt
* 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint


In a skillet, heat the oil over high heat until it begins to smoke. Add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds and immediately cover with a lid or splatter screen. When the seeds stop popping, quickly reduce the heat to medium-high and add the coriander, turmeric, cayenne and salt and give the mixture a quick stir.

Add the cucumber slices and cook, stirring, about a minute. Add the frozen peas and cook, stirring frequently, until the peas are heated through. Reduce heat to medium-low and, while stirring continuously, add the yogurt. Cook for about a minute to let the mixture combine. Sprinkle the dish with mint and serve immediately or let it cool to room temperature.

Adapted from Anjum's New Indian by Anjum Anand

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2 Responses to “Indian Spiced Cucumber, Peas and Mint”

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    Sarah — July 10, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Lovely, Cate! Peas and Mint are always a hit in our house and the mix of Indian spiced cucumber is terrific!! I had featured U in the post of Top 7 Exciting & Tasty Side Dish for Mother’ Day on AllFreshRecipes,looking forward to your newly posts.


    • Cate — July 10th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      Thanks so much for the feature Sarah! :)


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