The weather has been super cold and dry lately. We have been using a humidifier to make sure we can breath properly. It gets pretty cold in Nepal during the winter too, and the typical dinner during cold winter days, when we were young, used to be stews like Shyakpa, Fulgi, Lumbdi and noodle soups. I haven’t posted recipes of all these dishes yet, however I do have Shyakpa and if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend it. We enjoyed these dishes with homemade pickles or spicy salads. Especially, thukpa (noodle soup) is eaten with spicy cucumber salad.
Here is an easy and quick spicy cucumber salad recipe. This recipe requires: cucumber and sesame seeds. If you have pre-made Til ko Chhope, you could use that for this salad. Nothing beats cold like hot and spicy food. So, enjoy this spicy salad and stay warm!
2 cucumbers (seeds removed)
1/4 cup roasted ground sesame seeds
Pinch of szechuan pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 green chili chopped (to garnish)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
1. Peel cucumbers, remove seeds, and chop them into small pieces.
2. In a large dish, add cucumber, cilantro, ground sesame powder, salt, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and szechwan pepper. Add 3 tablespoons of water and mix well.
3. Garnish with cilantro leaves, green chili, and enjoy!