Cucumber is more than a garnish....
Indian Cucumber Salad
Ingredients: half a cucumber, deseeded and diced 1 fat green chilli, finely chopped 2 tsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp palm or light brown sugar 50g roasted peanuts, roughly crushed 30g fresh coconut, grated 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
Put the cucumber, chilli, lemon juice and sugar in a bowl. Stir well to combine.
Sprinkle the roasted peanuts and coconut over the cucumber and lightly combine.
Heat the oil in a small frying pan. When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, which should immediately start to pop. Now add the cumin seeds. Fry for another 30 seconds or so. Turn off the heat.
Pour the spiced oil over the salad and toss again.
Check the seasoning. Adjust salt or sugar to suit your taste.