Tausalli is one of the most loved breakfasts among Konkanis. I never knew it is also called ‘cucumber cake’. But after reading Ashwini’s post and also talking to few of my readers who referred to this dish as ‘cucumber cake’, I thought of adding “Cucumber cake” to the title of this post. Taushe means Cucumber in Konkani. The name comes from “taushe idli – tausalli” since it is steamed like idli.
I have grown up eating this dish for breakfast or evening snacks with chutney or chutney powder(pitto). Our version of this dish is not very sweet. Usually turmeric leaves are used to line up the vessel in which this dish is steamed. These leaves give extra flavor to the dish. But since the leaves are not available here, I steamed them directly in cooker vessel.
Cucumber(grated) 1 cup
Rice 1/2 cup or rice rava(idli rava) 1/2 cup
Coconut(fresh or frozen) 1/2 cup
Ghee 1 tea spn
Sugar/jaggery 1/2 tea spn
For lining up vessel
Turmeric leaves(optional) 5-6 or ghee 1 tea spn
The amount of sugar/jaggery can be increased to make the dish more sweet.
Soak rice in water fr around 2hrs. Drain the water and spread it on a dry cloth or paper. When it becomes dry, grind it into coarse rava (alternatively, use the idli rava directly).
Mix rava with all other ingredients and leave it for around 30mins. When it is left for 30mins, the mixture leaves water. This makes the dish more tasty.
Lineup the cooker vessel with a layer of turmeric leaves, if leaves are not used, apply ghee to the vessel. Pour the mixture in to the vessel. Cover the mixture with one more layer of leaves.
Steam it for around 10-15mins(similar to idlis without adding the weight). Cut into desired shape.
Serve with chutney or chutney powder.
Serves : 2
Preparation time : 20mins (excluding the ‘standing’ time)