Cook's Hideout: Dosakaya Pappu

August 22, 2006

Dosakaya Pappu

Everytime I think of dosakaya (cucumber), I always remember this story. One of my Aunts from a small town in AP had to move to Delhi after marriage. She found out soon enough that Delhites don’t sell Andhra style cucumbers (round yellow ones), but preferred the long green ones. During that time, much to the happiness of my aunt, my dad planned our family vacation to Delhi. So what do you think we were all carrying; almost 10kgs of dosakayas on our 26hr journey from Hyderabad to Delhi.

Here is my mother-in-law’s way of making dosakaya pappu.

Toor dal (or Masoor dal) - 1 cup
Dosakaya (cucumber) – 1, peeled and diced
Tomato – 1 small
Onion – 1 small
Green chilies – 3
Red chili powder – 1tsp
Turmeric – 1/8 tsp

For tempering:
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – 4
Red chilies – 2
Asafetida – pinch

  • Put the first 7 ingredients in a pressure cooker with 1tsp of oil. Cook till done (number of whistles depend on your cooker, mine I need at least 6 whistles).
  • Heat 1tsp oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and wait till they pop, then add red chilies, curry leaves, asafetida. Add the tempering and salt to the cooked dal and cook on low flame for about 10minutes.
Serve with hot rice and ghee. Yum..


  1. YAY !! I am the first. I loved the story about your Aunt's dilemma ...LOL...

    I donot get Andhra cucumber either but can I replace with english cucumber? Thanks

  2. Hi Asha,
    You can replace with english cucumber. But Andhra cucumber are tangy, so you might want to add an extra tomato.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Hi pavani,
    I have seen this dosakaya in Indian stores , and I have seen my Telugu friends mention abt it, but i havent cooked with this vegetable before..looks like I can try...
    Thanks for the recipe

  4. You reminded me of my mom's cooking back home. I made dosakaya pappu this evening with the help of your recipe and it came out very well. Thank you for sharing it.

  5. excellent piece of information, I had come to know about your website from my friend kavitha, pune,i have read atleast 8 posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your site gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i'm already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanx a lot once again, Regards, dosakaya pachadi


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