Friday, October 7, 2011

Ghenda da adde / Nesel Adde / Cucumber Cake

I know , doesn't look appetizing for those who don't know what it is.....but for those who do.....its a delicacy..

Nesel adde  also know as Ghenda da Adde is a very famous sweet dish for us Mangaloreans. Ghenda   in Tulu means coal and before(in those days) this sweet cake was cooked on low flame with coal on top which gave it an unique taste...but nowadays in the city is more convenient to use the gas stove....its so funny...I actually wanted to use coal....but mom refused...she did not want to go through all the trouble ...looks like times are changing :)

Nesel adde / Ghenda da adde taste best when its cooked on very low flame for 1 hour or little more..I love it when the Adde browns nicely outside. I have also put up a video just to guide you through the process. This can also be baked in an oven.

  • 2 cup rice (dosa rice)
  • 1 medium cucumber(skinned and chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp methi (fenugreek seeds)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/2 jaggery (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 medium onion( chopped)
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 2 tbsp cahew
  • 2 tbsp raisin


  1. Soak rice and methi in water for 3 hours.
  2. Grind rice, methi , jaggery, coconut and cucmber to a slightly coarse batter  adding little water(dosa batter consistency). Check sweetness, add more jaggery if you like it sweet.
  3. Place a pressure cooker on medium flame , when hot add ghee,swirl the cooker around to grease the side of the cooker with ghee(by doing this you will be able to remove the whole adde out of the cooker easily), when ghee is hot add chopped onion and fry till they turn dark brown. Now add cashew nuts and raisins an stir for few seconds.
  4. Add the batter and mix, add 1/2 cup water. mix well and lower the flame. Cover the cooker. Do not use the pressure weight, place a steel tumbler on the spout from where the steam escapes, By doing this the moisture is retained.
  5. Cook the Adde on very low flame for 1 hour.
  6. Check after 45 minutes to see if the Adde is done by piercing with a wet knife. If any batter sticks to the knife ,cover a cook again for few more minutes. 
  7. once the Adde is done, let it cool down for few minutes, loosen the sides and and remove it from the cooker, cut to desires shape and serve (you can also warm the Adde in the microwave)


  1. Looks terrific Cherie, we make something similar called mandas - using the same coal tecnique (which nobody attempts these days), butr ur adde looks wow with onions & all..yum!

  2. Delicious cake...Never tried it before..Yummy.

  3. Quite a new and very tempting cake, havent tried making cake with cucumber,cant wait to try..

  4. Nice template and looks good. This is a lot on the lines of Kalathappam (something that keralites do) and Mangalorean Mandas. I think Keralities do not add cucumber.

  5. wow, that is an unusual dish and looks so tempting.

  6. Wonderful recipe.. very new to me.. Bookmarked it to try.. Thanks for sharing this tradtional recipe..:)

  7. Yummy ! Delicious look and awesome posting

  8. Glad that you decided to switch back to traditional Mangalorean recipes. For a while, I was worried. :-)


  9. Living in mlore..i have never heard of this even..forget tasting.. !! Looks quite tempting..Must give it a try...Good one Charishma :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  10. thank you everyone for the nice comments...and Kiran I will try to put up Mangalorean Recipes often...But i have todo it in a slow pace...I am planning to run this blog for long and don't want to run out of Mangalorean recipes...taking it slow:)

  11. hearty n irresistable version charishma..:)
    hats off..!
    Tasty Appetite

  12. Awesome, I will try this one some time. Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Im crazy about mangalorean food. And I will certainly try this recipe. Loved this recipe...thankyou for your kind words...sweet of you...bookmarking this recipe.

  14. Delicious Yumm Cucumber Cake.New to me.Quite temptingly clicked as well.Luv it.Luv ur delicious blog with loads of appetizing recipes.Following U.

  15. Yummy and a unique recipe!!! Never thought of making a cake with cucumber..
    Hi charisma.. Nice to meet you and glad to follow you :-))
    Do drop by my space too
    Erivum puliyum

  16. Unique recipe.. Brw, love the new look of ur blog..

  17. Such a delicious and authentic dish, looks awesome.

  18. I'm so glad to have come across this recipe and many more mangalorean recipes here. I have grown up on this food. Thank you.

  19. very nice..authentic dish...could you pls do ginnu recipe (ginna haalu in kannada)
    that would be greatful :)

  20. My favourite, at ammas house she used to regularly make this Genda da Adde (same recipe too)you can even skip cucumber, you are the only one to put this recipe, because I tried to find this recipe and got your only blog.. Congo.. A perfect one..

  21. can you give the baking instructions please. Thanks Connie


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