Tavsali – Cucumber Idle

Tavsali is a traditional Goan recipe. It is a unique cake made with ripped cucumber (yellowish color). It is a steamed cake of cucumber and rice flour and very nutritious.

Tavsali – Cucumber Idle

Tavsali – Cucumber Idle

Recipe by Ushakal GroupCourse: Snacks, VegCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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  • 2 cups Cucumber(grated)

  • 1 cup Rice or rice rava (idli rava)

  • 1/2 cup grated Coconut (fresh or frozen)

  • 1/2 tsp Sugar/jaggery

  • Salt to taste

  • For lining up vessel

  • 5 to 6 Turmeric leaves

  • For seasoning (optional)

  • ½ tsp Oil

  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds

  • 2 to 3 Red chilies


  • Soak rice in water for around 2hrs. Drain the water and spread it on a dry cloth or paper.
  • When it becomes dry, grind it into coarse rava (alternatively, use the idli rava directly).
  • Mix rice rava with all other ingredients.
  • Heat oil and add mustard. When they start popping, add red chilies cut into small pieces. Add this to the above mixture and mix well (this seasoning is optional).
  • Arrange two turmeric leaves in cross-shape manner; keep a handful of mixture in the centre. Fold the leaves very tightly.
  • Alternatively, spread the mixture over turmeric leaves placed at the bottom of the flat round vessel. Cover the top of mixture with turmeric leaves.
  • Line the turmeric folds or vessel in a cooker vessel.
  • Steam for around 10mins. Let cocker cool by itself. Remove the leaves from the tausalli folds or cut the tausalli in the vessel to the sizes required.
  • While serving, discard the turmeric leaves. Serve with asafoetida chutney.

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