Cucumber Cake / Dhondas
Many many months ago I had Cucumber cake during Ganesh Utsav at a friend’s place. Cucumber Cake ??? It was unacceptable and how can one make a cake out of Cucumber ??.... it may sound bizzare for many of you here. However, it tasted yum and I ate it and forgot about it…..
A few days back, was watching “Coastal Curries” by Michelin Chef Vikas Khanna and it was an episode on Ratnagiri and it’s cuisine. And there he was making this cake in his own westernized style. For me this was unacceptable as this is an Indian Dish, made mostly in the Coastal areas of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka and by using indigenous ingredients. It was then and there I decided to make it asap and in the typical Indian way……….
So, armed with all the necessary ingredients I made it in the Appe/Paniyaram pan (one of the ways it is made). It was a success and everyone who tasted it liked it. The next day I had to make in larger quantity and had to bake it in the OTG
Also, the variety of cucumbers actually used to make this is seasonal and not found everywhere in India. So, I made them with the light green ones we use for salads, here in Mumbai. While making the cake, you can’t afford to have bitter ones, can you ?? So, do check on that aspect before proceeding with the grating.