Warm Cucumber Salad with Sesame | Cucumber Kosumalli

A Cucumber Salad from India

Cucumber Salad Recipe

In the West we don’t think of sesame as a natural accompaniment for cucumber. Nor do we eat cucumber warm or cooked – cucumber is strictly a salad vegetable.

In the East various cuisines incorporate cooked cucumber, including India and Chinese cuisines. In this recipe the cucumber is warmed through before completing the salad. Sesame seeds and pinenuts add texture to the salad.

We have other versions of Cucumber Kosumalli that we know you will enjoy. See here, here and here. Or browse all of our Cucumber recipes here or here. Our Indian recipes are here and here. Find inspiration in our Summer collection here and here.

Cucumber Salad Recipe

This gorgeous recipe is a warm cucumber recipe. It involves sesame seeds, which add a touch of the dramatic to the dish. Traditionally the crunch would be provided by soaked but raw lentils. In this modernised version, influenced by Chinese love of sesame seeds, the dal is replaced with sesame seeds and pine nuts.

Cucumber Salad Recipe

Warm Cucumber Salad with Sesame | Cucumber Kosumalli Version 3

Cuisine: Fusion
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins
Serves: 4 – 6 people, depending how you use it

3 Lebanese Cucumbers
1 Tblspn raw unsalted peanuts (or use pinenuts or hazelnuts for a different taste)
1 Tblspn black sesame seeds (use white if you don’t have black)
1 green chilli
1 tspn cumin seeds
a pinch of asafoetida powder
salt to taste
1 – 2 tspn oil – toasted sesame, olive, or peanut

Peel and chop cucumbers into small cubes. Remove the stems and finely slice the green chilli. Finely chop the coriander/cilantro.

Heat a small pan, add the sesame seeds and toast them for a minute or two. Watch carefully, as they overcook very quickly. Remove from the pan and keep aside.

Add the raw peanuts or pinenuts to the pan and sautรฉ them until roasted. Remove them from the heat and crush the nuts with a pestle.

Heat the oil in the pan and add the cumin seeds and asafoetida. When the cumin seeds turn brown, add the green chilli, and remove the pan from the heat.

Add the cucumber, and salt. If it splatters too much, cover the pan until it dies down. Stir through and allow the cucumber to warm. You can put it over a very gentle flame for a moment or two but no longer.

In a mixing bowl, combine the cucumber mixture, crushed nuts, toasted sesame seeds and chopped coriander/cilantro. Serve immediately or at room temperature.



Author: Ganga108

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29 thoughts on “Warm Cucumber Salad with Sesame | Cucumber Kosumalli”

  1. Thats a very nice recipe..

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  3. Sesame seeds with cucumber is interesting. And if you like cucumber salads, you should try Kosmalli/ Kosumbari. There’s a version on my blog.

    It sounds delicious and certainly worth trying. Thanks for mentioning it, Aparna.


  4. havn’t heard of this combination, I will try this – looks good though, thank you, keep writing.


    Thanks for dropping by, Reemas. Thanks you for your lovely comment, and do hope you can try it. Let me know how it goes.


  5. It’s always refereshing to see a new use for Cucumber.
    Your colours are brilliant, and I can almost feel those textures.

    … ah, probably an ancient use of cucumber if the truth be told. Thanks for your lovely comments about the pics. I appreciate it a lot.


  6. The first time I heard about the cucumber and sesame combination for a dish. Sounds interesting. I should try this one. Thanks for the recipe

    I hope that you do. Don’t the black sesame seeds look great against the cucumber?


  7. I love this combination! And you’re right — I never would have thought to put cucumbers and sesame seeds together but it looks like such a natural pairing here. Great photos and recipe; thanks!

    Thanks, Angela.


  8. This is great! I love cucumber salads but have never seen one like this. Looks really tasty.

    Hi Hillary. Maybe it will become part of your cucumber repertoire.


  9. I love the photos. The sesame seeds make the cucumber look like kiwi at first. Trompe l’oeil, at least for me.

    Thank you! It does look a bit like kiwi bow that you mention it. Glad that you like it!


  10. How interesting! I’ve never tried warm cucumbers before. I’m going to try to squeeze this in before the end of cucumber season here.

    It is a beautiful recipe from Talimpu. Do try it. I could not bear it if you had to wait until next year.


  11. Bumped into your blog,while I was surfing for something different on cucumber apart from cucumber raita recipe. This looks great, never thought sesame with cucumber…but will definitly try this.
    I am referring your link in my blog..


  12. I love cucumbers in so many things and a little on the warm side with sesame sounds and looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I’m sure this will make it to someones table shortly. ๐Ÿ™‚


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