Saturday, June 8, 2013

Snake Cucumber Salad (Khamang Kakdi)

Snake Cucumbers
I am not sure how many of you are aware of this snake-like variety of cucumber. People in the north of India are familiar with it and they call it “Kakdi “ or “Kakri”. I later on found out from the net that it is also known as “Armenian Cucumber”.  Frankly speaking, I was totally clueless about this vegetable. Lately, I used to see a vendor selling these (snake-like, light green coloured vegetables) in a cart, from our balcony and used to wonder what they were. Then, one fine day, I saw it on a TV channel and the host was explaining the nutritive value of this wonderful vegetable.

Apparently, unlike other cucumbers this particular variety can be eaten even by those who are prone to cold and cough. (My spouse avoids cucumbers as he immediately catches cold after eating them.) When I heard this on TV, at the first opportunity, I bought a small quantity (4-5) for a trial basis and believe me it was crisp, tender and delicious. It can be eaten raw without removing the skin. And, my spouse had no problem even after eating it. We were both delighted!

This is a typical Maharashtrian dish known as “Khamang Kakdi”. The only change I made in this dish is the use of Snake cucumber instead of the normal one that is available.

 Khamang Kakdi 20


Snake Cucumber
Grated coconut
½ cup
Roasted peanuts
½ cup
Green chilies
2-3 or more
Lemon juice
2 tsps
Chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsps
½ tsp
As per taste
Seasoning ingredients

1 tsp
Mustard seeds
1 tsp
Curry leaves
1 sprig


  1. Roughly crush the roasted peanuts and keep aside.
  2. Chop green chilies and lightly crush them and keep aside.
  3. Wash the snake cucumbers, cut them into cubes and place them in a bowl.
  4. Now add the crushed roasted peanuts, green chilies, grated coconut, chopped coriander leaves, lime juice, salt and sugar into the bowl.
For seasoning: Heat a small seasoning pan, add oil in it and when the oil is heated, add mustard seeds and when it starts spluttering, add the curry leaves. Remove from flame and add the contents into the above prepared mixture.
Mix well and serve immediately.

Snake (cucumbers) in the basket
Snake cucumber being cut into cubes
All the ingredients being combined in a bowl
Getting ready to serve
Preparation time:15-20 mins
Seasoning time : 5 mins
Serves: 4

  • This is generally served as a side dish.
  • In case you want to serve this at a later stage, then add salt just before serving.
  • Any type of cucumber can be used in making this salad. English cucumbers that are currently available in most of the supermarkets are another option.


  1. salad must be tasting awesome with crunchy peanuts.. will try adding next time..

  2. Yummy looks very appealing. Will try it out.

  3. Yummy!!! Looks appealing. Will definitely try this.

  4. looks awesome and deliciously mouthwatering!

  5. Very interesting salad, that too with peanuts am loving it.

  6. Very delicious salad, bookmarked this recipe..

  7. ooh...that definitely luks like a snale, Shobha !! yummy dish..

  8. So summery! so fresh and crunchy. I love Kakdi.

  9. Refreshing and delicious way to dress up a simple kakdi! I gorge on them during summers with just chat masala as an accompaniment.

  10. This is such a lovely and beautiful dish. Loved it :)

  11. Nice and delicious recipe.. Thanks for sharing Shobha :-)

  12. very healthy!! nice way to make salad...