Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Southekayi Majjige Huli (Cucumber Yogurt Curry)

Majjige Huli is a kannada word & the literal translation of this would be thin yogurt curry. Our family has mixed likings for majjige huli. Me & my sister are ardent fans of it whereas my father doesnt like this. My granny agrees to eat this only with mudde(finger millet balls) and my hubby treats this as as just another sambar/curry. Now, coming to my son's choice, at present, he doesnt like it. My mom understood everybody's needs & used to satisfy everyone. There used to be mudde (for herself, dad and granny) and ambode(deep fried chana dal snack) for others along with majjige huli. Few other times, there used to be Majjige menasu (dried fried green chilli), as well.

I leave the choice to you, you can either prepare mudde(finger millet balls), ambode or majjige menasu along with majjige huli or simply relish the dish with rice & papad or pickle.


1 medium sized old cucumber/mangalore southekayi

1 cup curd (it should be little sour)

½ inch ginger (grated)

1 tbsp channa dal soaked in water for 30mins

3-4 curry leaves

1/4th cup coriander leaves/cliantro

¼ tsp fenugreek/methi seeds

1 cup grated coconut

3 green chillies

Salt according to taste

1 broken red chilli

½ tsp mustard seeds

A generous pinch of hing/asafoetida

1 tsp oil


  • Peel the skin & remove the seeds of the old cucumber. Chop it into 1 inch sized cubes. Add little water & cook the vegetable until soft.

  • Meantime, make a fine paste of coconut, green chilli, ginger, methi seeds, coriander leaves & soaked channa dal.

  • Add salt & the paste to the cooked vegetables & boil it.

  • Beat the curd for 30 secs, add equal amount of water & make thin butter milk out of it.

  • Add this butter milk to the boiling mixture & reduce the flame.

  • Cook this for 5 minutes (the mixture should just start to boil). Ensure to switch off the flame immediately (don’t over boil the mixture as it contains butter milk)

  • Prepare the tempering in a separate pan, by adding oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves, broken red chilli & hing (in the same order mentioned). Pour this over the mixture prepared.

  • Serve it hot with rice & majjige menasu (fried chilli)

PS: This curry is best to be consumed hot as it has butter milk, the curry may turn sour if it is not used for 4-5 hours (again depends on the outside temperature…)

This recipe goes to Neha of "Tasty recipes" who is guest hosting "AFAM-Cucumber", an event started by Maheswari.


  1. Love this majjige huli..Even my father does not like this..So my mom will make Bondas along with this..So we all eat more..Yummy..

  2. Wow..looks yum..would go well with spicy hot side dish..We have a similar dish in Kerala cuisine,called Olan..I am a so big fan of it..:)

  3. When i was a kid, i used to hate eating this,only reason being my mom used to add methi seeds to the curry.Your idea of hiding methi by grinding it sounds perfect.Will try this :)

  4. Love majjige huli.. Tumba ne chennagiede, madi nodtini.. Nice entry !!

  5. This is something new for me.But i love curries which have buttermilk/yogurt in it.

  6. @Ashwini,
    My father eats with mudde. My fav is majjige huli + kadalebele vade or majjige menasu. I just love them. Thanks for the comments.

    I have heard of Olan, my malayali friend keeps telling about that. As I understand from her that, they wont add channa dal, ginger & other things. It is made with more coconut & curd. Try Karnataka version of Olan & try how it tasted.
    Thanks for the comments.

    thanks ri..

    Thank you. Do try & let me know how it was..

    dhanyavadagalu, madi hegittu antha heli aitha?

    Thanks a lot.

  7. I am not a big fan of cucumbers but urs looks tempting and nice!

  8. i make it in a diffrent style . this is my all time fav though

  9. Majjige huli is a must once a week at home! Love it absolutely

  10. This curry is new to me. Looks very delicious

  11. Coincidence.. Aunty ivathu namma maneli saha soutekai majjige huli madidru.. Heegentha reipe gothilla :) Nimmadikkinta diff idre post madthini..

  12. Something new to me. Looks yum.

  13. The huli looks so yummy. Though I love the cucumber one, the fried bhindi and pakoda/chana dal fritters one would be my fav. Can you tell I like fried food :D

  14. Very interesting recipe. Love it.

  15. @Sharmilee,
    If you dont like cucumbers, you can replace it with winter melon/ ash gourd or chaote squash. They all taste equally good. Thanks for the comment.

    This is my mom's way of doing majjige huli, South canara people prepare it in a different way.Both taste equally good. Thanks for the comments.

    As mentioned, I'm an ardant fan of it, because of my son.., it has become once a while dish for us :(
    Thanks for the comment.

    Thanks a lot

    Khanditha madippa. Thanks for visiting my blog. Bartha iri aitha.

    @Kitchen Flavors,
    Thank you.

    @Malar Gandhi,
    Thanks a lot.

  16. Its something new to me, but as its with cucucmbers, shall definately try it... :), Thanx for sending..

  17. Looks so yummy! mmm. my fav. dish!

  18. sushma, this got to be one of the best kannadiga recipe. i can eat this anytime of the day :) my fav one is combination of green bell pwppers and potato and also oora bendekai :)

  19. Nice recipe Sushma :) I think this is a bit similar to mor kuzhambu made in T.N. But i've never seen cucumber used as a vegetable. Really interesting :)

  20. Hi Sushma,
    wow ri, sautekai majjige it completely,I adore
    anna uppinakai, majjige huli...yummy Nice click.
    Happy weekend.

  21. @Neha,
    Thanks for hosting such a nice event. Do try & let me know how it turned out.

    Thank you.

    Thanks a lot for dropping by.
    I didnot know that majjige huli could be prepared with potatoes. Thanks for letting me know.

    exactly, it is similar to mor kozambhu of TN. In South Canara, lot of dishes are prepared using old cucumber. Thanks for the lovely comments.

    I love majjige huli with ambode or majjige menasu. Thanks for sharing your comments
    Happy weekend to you too :)

  22. I love this dish.. ready to do anything to eat it. I will try to prepare with your instructions. not sure whether others will be able to eat :)

    also will ask my mom to teach me!

    thank you very very much for posting!

  23. Just tried out your Southekayi Majjige Huli recipe.It came out very good indeed..
    Many thanks for sharing this recipe!

    And looking forward to trying out other recipes posted by you..

    - Anand

  24. Thank you! I made this dish tonight and my family loved it....It came out similar to my ajji's majjigehuli :)

  25. Yummy super majjige huli. I tried n liked it so much. Thanks for posting.



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