Cucumber 'Noodle' Salad

"Simple ol' kheera

Had a facelift today,

It joined the list

Of fancy salads on a tray.

Healthy & crisp

This childhood summer bowl,

Showed up one evening

On a 29. menu roll...

And believe you me

People swooned in wondrous awe,

How these simple strands of green

Are barely a recipe at all!"



When I served this at one of my events, I really didn't expect for people to ask me the recipe. Had the plain ol' cucumber salad cut un-laboriously for every childhood meal, suddenly become mainstream? Or was it that in an effort to appreciate complicated food, one had forgotten how simplicity tastes? Either way, I couldn't help but remember those summer days when mum used to serve this alongside a Rajma (kidney bean curry) Chawal night, and we always tried not to look at it (as though it would magically disappear!) - not that we didn't like it, but as kids, who wanted to have anything green!

Quick and easy, not to mention nutritious, I now whip this up very often. This time round, I even went a step further and put my spiralizer to use. Had to make it look fancy after all. After many consistent swoons, I decided to post the recipe ...that is, if you can call it a recipe at all!

How do you eat your cucumber? Tell me your tasty tweaks in the comments.


1 cucumber, spiralized or finely chopped

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1 tsp light olive oil

8-10 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

1/4 tsp paprika (more if you like it hotter)

1/4 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp dry mango powder

Pinch of black or rock salt (Kaala Namak)

(Note: You could replace all the above dry spices in italics with a tsp of Indian Chaat Masala - available at any Indian grocery)

Salt & cracked black pepper to taste



Let the cut cucumbers rest on a kitchen towel for a few minutes to drain excess liquid. Mix in the lemon juice, mint & olive oil. Give it a good toss and refrigerate for 10 minutes. When ready to serve, stir in all the spices, mix well and serve immediately. Can be eaten as a meal, or served in little cups for a fresh, healthy appetizer.