Cucumber chutney (Taushe huLel)


Taushe Hulel


Cucumber is called  “Taushe” in Konkani.  “Taushe hulel” is a side dish which is usually a part of meal that is offered to god during festivals. I saw a similar dish here, the only difference being, we use the cucumbers (used for salads) and everything is used raw.

So this dish can be prepared in just 10mins :).

This dish is a must in Shri Krishna janmashtami festival meal. During this festival, men chant different names of Lord Krishna and offer tulsi leaves to god. After the chanting, which almost goes up to 2-3 hrs, pooja is performed around midnight. During the pooja, a variety of food is offered to god and we used to eat this “prasad”  at midnight.


Cut cucumber into pieces. Fry mustards seeds and asafoetida in a little oil.

Grind coconut with chillies, tamarind and fried mustards seeds into a chutney consistency.

Mix the chutney into cucumber

Cucumber chutney (Taushe huLel)

A spicy cucumber chutney with a coconut base
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 -4


  • 2 cups cucumber pieces
  • 1/2 cup fresh/frozen coconut
  • 1/2 tea spn mustard seeds or a pinch of asafoetida
  • 3 to 4 green chilies
  • A small piece tamarind
  • Salt


  • Heat a little oil and add mustard seeds.
  • When they start popping, add asafoetida. (Usually either mustard or asafoetida is used. I normally add both)
  • Grind them with coconut, green chilies, tamarind, fried mustard to paste using very little water (like chutney consistency).
  • Add the cucumber pieces, mix well.
  • Serve as a side dish with rice.


14 thoughts on “Cucumber chutney (Taushe huLel)”

  1. When i read your beetrood sasam, i was remembering of taushe hulel very much. My MIL used one teppel also at the end while grinding the chutney. Tastes great with teppal. Thanks

  2. Both your chutneys looks tempting Shilpa,Haven’t heard of a chutney with cucumber.You’ve got a marvellous recipe collection here..Now i can consider this as my recipe bible..huh?

  3. I would like to make this recipe but I’m not sure about some of the ingredients. Could you please let me know where I can get the spices.

    Thank you


  4. Hi Sheila, you will get all the ingredients in Indian stores. I have seen mustard seeds (sasam) in american stores also. So all the ingredients can be pretty easily found.

  5. Shridhar P Shanbhag

    hi shilpa I like the dish. but in north kanara we say he dish as hulyar. i don’t nothe receipe. But it is a tasty one. one can eat as fast dish, salad dish, or a supplement for non veg dish. also please try

  6. 5 stars
    I always look to serve cucumber in different ways so we can get maximum benefit from this vegetable. Just stumbled upon your recipe and I can’t wait to try it.

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