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Mike Wolfberg's Recipe for Parsi Kheera - Parsi Cucumber Salad

This is one of a dozen recipes developed by Mike for a Concord/Carlisle Massachusetts Newcomers Gourmet Group dinner which took place on 1-Mar-75.

(Approximate preparation time: 30 during 55 minutes)


  1. Preheat the oven (or toaster oven) to 300°. Roast the raw peanuts for 30 minutes on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Meanwhile continue with other preparations.
  2. Wash the cucumbers and lightly peel them to retain some of the skin. Cut off 1/4" from each end and discard. Slice each cucumber lengthwise into halves. Scoop out the seeds (and discard) by running the tip of a teaspoon down the center of each half. Place each piece flat side down and cut it lengthwise about 5 times into 1/4" slices, and then crosswise into 1/2" pieces.
  3. Combine the cucumber and salt in a bowl and toss thoroughly. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes, tossing the pieces about once every 5 minutes, while continuing to make further preparations.
  4. Toast the sesame seeds for 10 minutes in an ungreased frying pan over very low heat. Shake the pan about once per minute. Remove the pan from the heat, and set the seeds aside for use in step 9.
  5. After the peanuts have roasted for 30 minutes, remove them from the oven and let them cool for used in step 8.
  6. Scrape or slice away the brown skin of the ginger root and discard. Finely grate the ginger to yield 1/2 tsp.
  7. After the cucumber pieces have sat for 30 minutes, drain and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Mix the cucumbers with the grated ginger and place in an attractive (non-aluminum) serving dish, cover, and refrigerate.
  8. Coarsely chop the peanuts (you can use a rolling pin or a mallet with the peanuts in a plastic bag). Place the chopped nuts into a jar or container which can hold at least 1 c. and can be covered.
  9. Add to the jar: coconut, ground hot red pepper, and toasted sesame seeds. Cover the jar and shake it to mix the ingredients. Keep at room temperature.
  10. Since these are being served as an appetizer, break the cooked wafers into manageable pieces.

Take to the hosthome: the cucumber in the dish, lemon, and the jar of ingredients.

At the hosthome:

  1. When you get to the hosthome, drain off any accumulated liquid in the serving dish.
  2. Thoroughly mix the contents of the jar into the mixture already in the serving dish.
  3. Juice the lemon and mix the juice into the mixture. Keep refrigerated until serving time.

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