Thursday, October 16, 2008

Maggya Koddel ~ Cucumber curry

Maggya Koddel is coloured cucumber in coconut based gravy,seasoned with fried garlic.I know the name sounds strange,but as I always say-it’s a very simple dish!!In fact it is almost similar to this and this.Which reminds me,me and hubby always have a mock fight regarding both our respective cuisines.While he claims that all we cook is ghashi,valval and ambat,I tell him that all their curries have the same base and only the seasoning differs..!!This is one fight where both of us don’t want to win,so that we can continue fighting..hehe.

During a cousin’s wedding,as we were having lunch I exclaimed that the spread was extra ordinary.Little did I know that a person(let it be a mystery as to who that person is)hearing this bluntly asked me-this is a traditional south canara lunch spread,what do you people cook?Excuse me?I was so taken aback and just couldn’t react for moment.I just said we have a traditional spread too no lesser than this one.Again came the remark-I am sure it wouldn’t be as tastier as upbringing got the better of me and I just kept quiet.Though me and hubby still have a laugh about this,at that point of time,I felt very upset.I believe every cuisine has its own place and no cuisine is better than the other,what say?So here is a dish from south-canara[;-)]..!!

Maggya Koddel~Coloured cucumber in coconut based gravy


Magge/Coloured cucumber – ½ of a big cucumber,chopped into cubes
Drumsticks – 2,chopped lengthwise
Salt to taste

To be ground into a paste

Grated coconut – 1 cup
Red chillies – 3-4(roasted in a tsp oil)
Tamarind – 1 small channa size

For seasoning

Oil – 1 tbsp
Crushed garlic(with skin) – 5-6 cloves


Cook the cucumber pieces and drumstick in enough water till done.
Grind into a fine paste,the ingredients for the masala.
Add the ground masala and salt to taste to the cooked cucumber-drumstick.
Let it come to a boil.
In another pan,add oil and fry the crushed garlic till brown.
Add it to the boiling curry.
Serve hot!!


  1. My daughter loves this curry. When ever in India my sister makes this for her. Whe she was small she asked my sis what vegetable this is and she said it is sea sucumber and now every time when she makes this curry she tell my daughter, I have made your sea cucumber curry :-)

  2. Havent heard of this cury..Looks delicious..

  3. That looks really good. I have always been curious about your profile pic, are you cooking at home or in a restaurant? :)

  4. I know what you mean, Divya!! I have met people with that attitude as if "their" cuisine is better than the rest! I do not understand why to bring this kind of attitude and make boundaries!
    But I am like you, when I hear such things I keep quiet, frankly, I do not know how to react.
    Thanks for sharing Maggya koddel. We make Maggya randayi. I didn't know magge is same as cucumber - i think it must be melon cucumber then? I saw a veggie resembling magge at local Indian stores with name "melon cucumber". I wasnt sure if its magge or not. I will give it a shot next time.

    I don't know why google/blogger has kicked me out of my identity so writing as anonymous!

    Meera/Enjoy Indian Food

  5. tasty Kodhel yaar, looking delicious..

  6. HC..thats a nice name..sea cucumber!!;-)

    Divs..thank you!!

    Anudivya..thank you.That pic was taken in a restaurant where they had an interactive kitchen and I took the opportunity to pose myself as the master-chef;-)!!

    Meera..thank you so much.Glad that you feel the same too.This cucumber is usually called coloured cucumber and in malayalam its called 'kani vellarikka',the one which is kept for Vishu!!

    Lg..thank you!!

  7. well... I hear that all the time... no paneer in your food... how cheap!

  8. hi divya,

    I just read ur comment on my blog...can u please which issue of goodhouse keeping magazine was it?

  9. The fried garlic on top looks tasty. Did u mention the round small cucumber? The curry is new but i am sure i would love this one!

  10. div...actually i really cant see anything beyond the the big drumstick in the pic....I am Jealous! here in US the drumstick we get is uvvvaaaa(hope u get what iam trying to say) and I lov drumstick!

  11. Sangeeth, you are pretty funny! "uvvaa" Ha ha ha...

  12. curry looks very comforting divya


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