A simple, healthy and incredibly easy appetizer idea for your next party. Its so easy to put together and can be made in 5 minutes, so you can focus on your entries and desserts. As the name suggests, this is just cucumber made into cups shape and filled with a spiced yogurt dip. Cucumber is called Kheera or kheere in plural and cups is called katori, so I call them Kheere ke katori. I love to call these cucumber cups as Kheere ke katori when I am serving them to guests, we gotta keep the authenticity intact.
What are the benefits of putting cucumber and Yogurt together?
They go together really well, period. Yogurt, in general, is very good for you. It has probiotics which is very beneficial for your gut. Yogurt is high in protein, rich in nutrients and good for strengthening your immune system. Combining this healthy Yogurt with cooling and nutrients rich Cucumber makes it a super healthy snack.
The process to make these cucumber yogurt cups or Kheere ke katori:
This is the easiest recipe ever but I guarantee that it will impress people the most. All we need is a cucumber, peeled or partially peeled like below and cut into bite size pieces. Boy, my bite size is really huge but I wanted the cups to hold a lot of yogurt for presentation purposes. Please cut it as big or as small as you like but make sure we can make a well to put the yogurt in. I use a melon baller scoop to scoop out the seeds and make a cup kind of well in the cucumber. You can use a simple spoon to scoop out the seeds.
Take some thick yogurt or Greek yogurt and add salt, roasted cumin powder, 2-3 drops lemon juice and finely minced green chilies. Sometime I use mint paste to make it even more flavorful. I use Greek Yogurt because it holds it structure well but you can definitely use strained plain yogurt. Mix it all well and spoon this yogurt into the cucumber cups and serve it right away.
Can we make this cucumber yogurt cups or Kheere ke katori ahead and keep them ready?
Yes, Absolutely! I make this cucumber cups and place them upside down on a paper towel in the refrigerator. I also make the yogurt separately and put it in the refrigerator. When I am ready to serve, I simply pipe the spiced yogurt into cucumber cups and serve it right away, your appetizer part of the evening is completely sorted out! I would say, give this spooning of yogurt job to your kids and chat with your guests 😀
Can you do any other topping instead of yogurt?
Yes! You can add tomatoes and mint to the yogurt if are looking to spice up your yogurt. And also do a corn salad, tuna salad or something like that to jazz up the cucumber cups. Or you can go entirely Greek and do a Greek chicken salad with feta topping. If you want to stick to Indian way, add a moong bean sprouts salad with spices, tomatoes, onions, etc. they are super healthy and make an amazing appetizer. They all taste delicious. I honestly haven’t tried making sweet topping for these cucumber cups, if you do, please let me know in the comments below.
Cucumber Yogurt CupsCourse: AppetizersCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
Cucumber cups filled with spiced Yogurt dip.
1 large cucumber
1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt/thick plain yogurt
Salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon finely minced green chilies(Optional)
Cilantro as garnish
- Peel a cucumber in stripes like shown in the picture above and cut into bite size pieces.
- Use a melon baller scoop to scoop out the seeds and make a cup kind of well in the cucumber. You can use a simple spoon to scoop out the seeds.
- In a small bowl, mix yogurt salt, roasted cumin powder, lemon juice and green chillies.
- Spoon this spiced yogurt into the cucumber cups and serve it right away.
- If you don’t have Greek yogurt, strain plain yogurt using a cheesecloth.
- Mint paste can be added to the yogurt as well, mint and yogurt go really well together.
Please let us know if you have any more questions in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!
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