Dhondas – A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber Cake


The Konkan coast is not only known for its beautiful beaches, temples, natural tourist place but also known for amazing food.

The variety varies from coasts of Maharashtra to Kerala in the South most. Idlis, varieties of dosas, steamed rice varieties, amazing fish preparations.

Dhondas Recipe – Steamed Indian Cucumber Cake!

Dhondas is a Konkan/Goan/Maharashtrian cucumber cake prepared with cucumber, jaggery, semolina and coconut.


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In Mangalore, we prepare a similar version and we call it Mandas and we use rice Sooji and the method varies.

I have been trying this dhondas recipe from the past 10 years and it’s my husbands favourite. It is easy to prepare as it does not have to grind the rice etc.

Dhondas is also prepared in some parts of Srilanka. This can be prepared with jackfruit too. You can add a few turmeric leaves to get a good aroma to the dish. This can be served as a breakfast and evening snack too.


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Ingredients

1 cup rice rava
1 cup Bansi Rava or normal semolina
1 big cucumber
1 cup Jaggery
1/2 cup coconut
Fried nuts – raisins, cashew nuts etc.
1 1/2 cups water
Pinch salt

Method

Grate the cucumber along with seeds. Do not discard the water released from the cucumber

Dry fry the semolina and rice rava separately and keep aside.

Boil 1& 1/2 cup water add cucumber, Jaggery, coconut and salt. Also, add the cucumber water collected while grating it.

When the water starts to boil add both the rawa. Keep stirring to check that it does not form lumps.

Grease the baking tray or deep plates for steaming. You can use turmeric leaves or banana leaves instead of greasing.

Once the semolina absorbs all the water and comes together, add cardamom powder, nuts and mix it well.

Transfer it to greased plates and again cover it with banana or turmeric leaves.

Steam this in slow flame for 30 minutes or till the knife inserted comes clean.

When it is cooked allow it to cool. transfer the dhondas to a large plate and cut into cubes.

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Dhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber Cake

Dhondas – A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber Cake

Recipe by Rovena FernandesCourse: Breakfast, SnacksCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes

Dhondas is a Konkan preparation of steamed cucumber cake. This Dhondas recipe contains of cucumber, jaggery coconut and semolina. A must try tasty, healthy snack or breakfast dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice rava

  • 1 cup Bansi Rava or normal semolina

  • 1 big cucumberDhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber Cake

  • 1 cup Jaggery

  • 1/2 cup coconut

  • Fried nuts – raisins, cashew nuts etc.

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • Pinch salt

Directions

  • Grate the cucumber along with seeds. Do not discard the water released from the cucumberDhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber CakeDhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber Cake
  • Dry fry the semolina and rice rava separately and keep aside.Dhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber CakeDhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber Cake
  • Boil 1& 1/2 cup water add cucumber, Jaggery, coconut and salt. Also, add the cucumber water collected while grating it.Dhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber CakeDhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber CakeDhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber Cake
  • When the water starts to boil add both the rawa. Keep stirring to check that it does not form lumps.Dhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber Cake
  • Grease the baking tray or deep plates for steaming. You can use turmeric leaves or banana leaves instead of greasing.
  • Once the semolina absorbs all the water and comes together, add cardamom powder, nuts and mix it well. Dhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber CakeDhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber CakeDhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber Cake
  • Transfer it to greased plates and again cover it with banana or turmeric leaves.Dhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber CakeDhondas - A Healthy Easy to Make Cucumber Cake
  • Steam this in slow flame for 30 minutes or till the knife inserted comes clean.
  • When it is cooked allow it to cool. transfer the dhondas to a large plate and cut into cubes.
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