dosakaya curry cucumber curry

Cucumber curry | Andhra style dosakaya curry

By Swasthi on August 30, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Cucumber curry made in Andhra style with yellow cucumber, onions, tomatoes, spices & curry leaves. This simple & delicious dosakaya curry is an everyday dish made in many Telugu speaking homes. It is eaten with plain rice & ghee or with chapati, roti, phulka. This cucumber curry is made much the way as this Zucchini curry.

dosakaya curry cucumber curry

Yellow cucumber is also known as curry cucumber, Madras cucumber or sambar cucumber. It is widely used in many regional South Indian cuisines.

It is most commonly used in Andhra cuisine to make dal, pulusu (stew), curry, chutney, pickle and is even added to sambar.

This vegetable is slightly tangy and is cooling to the body. It is usually cooked without the use of much spice powders like garam masala. Also ginger & garlic paste are not used.

So this recipe is a winner when you prefer to eat something light & healthy without having to toil much in the kitchen.

This cucumber curry also goes well with brown rice or even with plain cooked millets.

I haven’t yet shared many simple vegetable curry recipes that are really comforting and soothing to the tummy. So thought of sharing this one.

andhra cucumber curry

If you are a newbie and learning to cook for your family then do try this simple curry for your meal. You can cook this in no time and tastes delicious as well.

I make this curry at least every fortnight. If serving this with roti then you don’t need any other side dish. This time I made moong dal & plan rice along with this curry.

More veg curry recipes
Mixed vegetable curry
Aloo gobi
Potato curry
Brinjal curry
Brussels sprouts masala

Tips to make cucumber curry

Cucumber: I have made this curry with yellow cucumber and not green cucumber that is used for salads. However you can also use any other kinds if you are okay with the flavor. The yellow cucumber is also known as curry cucumber in many places. The cucumber has to be firm and not ripe.

Tomatoes: Do not use unripe or sour tomatoes. Most times these kind of cucumber is slightly sour. So using sour tomatoes will make a very tangy curry. Also adjust the amount of tomatoes depending on the cucumber.


Drumsticks: You can also add vegetable drumsticks. First cook the drumsticks until tender in the onion tomato mixture adding little water (after step 7). Then add the chopped cucumbers.

Boiled eggs: You can also add boiled eggs towards the end. When the cucumbers are cooked al dente, prick the boiled eggs with a fork few times. Then add them to the curry and simmer both together for few more minutes.

Potatoes: Sometimes I also add potatoes to this. First cook the cubed potatoes in the onion tomato masala with little water until slightly tender. Evaporate the excess water. Then add the chopped cucumbers and cook covered until done. For this variation you can also add little garam masala.

cucumber curry dosakaya curry recipe
cucumber curry dosakaya curry

Cucumber curry | Andhra style dosakaya curry

Simple & delicious curry made with yellow cucumber, onions, tomatoes, spices and herbs. This South Indian side dish is the simplest you can make with a cucumber. Serve it with rice or roti.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • cups cucumber chopped to ½ inch pieces (1 medium sized)
  • ¾ cup onions chopped finely (about 1 large)
  • cup tomatoes chopped & deseeded (1 medium)
  • 1 green chili slit
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves fine chopped (optional)

For tempering

  • tablespoon oil
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin or jeera
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon chana dal (optional)
  • teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric or haldi


  • Rinse the cucumber, onions, tomatoes and chilies.
  • Peel the cucumber and remove the seeds. Chop them to ½ inch pieces and set aside.
  • Fine chop onions, tomatoes and slit the green chilli.

How to make cucumber curry.

  • Heat oil a pan or pot.
  • When the oil turns hot add mustard, cumin, urad dal and chana dal.
  • Fry until the dals turn golden, then add curry leaves and fry for a minute.
  • Next add in onions & green chili. Fry stirring often until transparent and they lose the raw flavor.
  • Add in tomatoes, salt and turmeric.
  • Fry until the tomatoes turn soft and mushy.
  • Add red chilli powder and fry just until the raw smell goes away.
  • Next stir in the cucumber pieces and fry for 2 mins.
  • Cover and cook on a very low flame until cucumbers turn tender.
  • Stir in between. I do not add water as the cucumber pieces will let out lot of moisture.
  • But if they do not let out moisture pour very little water.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve cucumber curry with plain rice and ghee or roti.


Taste the cucumber before cooking as sometimes they taste bitter. Avoid using bitter cucumbers.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Cucumber curry | Andhra style dosakaya curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 320mg14%
Potassium 255mg7%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 26.4mg32%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Cucumber curry | Andhra style dosakaya curry
Cucumber curry | Andhra style dosakaya curry

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Hello Swasthi,

I just wanted to tell you that I always use your recipes. They are simple and tasty. I thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. I think you are wonderful ❤️

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Swasthi, i just wanted to say, all your recipes are simple , easy to make & they turn out amazing, for me. Keep up the good work…… going to make Dosakaya curry & Drumstick recipe of yours.

Hi! I’ve been using your recipes a while now, but sometimes I’m confused with urad dal. I have whole (skin-on urad dal). Is that what is used in this recipe? Do you soak it still, even for such a small amount?

Hey Joel,

just wanted to add that what we usually use in tempering is the skinned and split urad daal. It is a split, white daal.

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It’s simple and great, Though being a Tamilan I lived in Hyderabad for more than 20 years. I was always fascinated by Andhra recipe. This is one such and it came out well close native preparation. Thanks

All your recipes are really nice… Can you share cucumber drumstick curry recipe

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In our house we just love simple light dishes like this that make us feel good. Thanks to this recipe I started loving this cucumber and using often for curry and in sambar and other dishes. I especially like it in mor kuzambu. I made your dosakaya curry again this week when I was feeling the summer weather too much and it was so cooling and refreshing. Sometimes food is all the medicine you need 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

Hey!!! All the recipes from this page are like mom’s recipes. Whenever I can’t call her, I look at yours!!! Heart-touching recipes – love them! Always special page to me

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I made this cucumber curry with drumsticks and guess what.. It turned out awesome. My MIL says I make the best food.

hi i wnnt this recipe step by step .. i am unable to find it. please help

I will try this recipe then i will comment

would appreciate if you could post the picture of the curry cucumber. I am keen to try this .. please

This looks like a great recipe but I don’t have access to curry cucumber. Do you think that zucchini would work? Thanks!