Cucumber Sasam/Hullel

Cucumber Hullel is a cold preparation which is specially made during Dussehra. In some parts of Karnataka it is called Sasam and as Kocholi too. This preparation is usually made just before a meal is served as it isn’t heated. Though it can be refrigerated, there is a definite change in the taste, so best prepared fresh. It is served as an accompaniment to rice.


1 medium sized cucumber weighing 150 gms

6 heaped tbsps grated coconut

1 roasted red chilly

1 green chilly

1/4 tsp mustard

1 inch piece of ginger

1/4 tsp tamarind paste



1 tsp coconut oil or oil of choice

1/4 tsp mustard

1 sprig curry leaves


Wash and deskin the Cucumber. Quarter it and slice thinly. Grind together coconut, roasted red chilly, ginger, mustard and tamarind paste. Tip it into the sliced Cucumber. Mince the green chilly and crush it with salt. Add it to the Cucumber Hullel and mix thoroughly. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the mustard. After it splutters add the curry leaves. Toss and pour the seasoning into the Cucumber Hullel. Mix and serve immediately.

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