One of the popular salads we make is the cucumber salad. We add chilli powder to make it a little hot and taster. I like the raw and fresh taste of cucumber.
This cucumber salad known locally as Hogi is consumed as a side dish. During events and special occasions people serve Hogi with wine and locally brewed drinks called Ara. We also make salad out of radish, radish and turnip leaves.
My mother used to grow cucumber in her kitchen garden for our own consumption. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to consume organic food as a child. Now with the modernization and development taking place, hardly many people can have their own kitchen garden. Everything consumed including vegetables and cheese are imported. But we still do get organic farm produces from rural places where majority of people practice farming on a large scale.
I have a special memory attached to cucumber because it reminds me of my days in India as a college student. While traveling in India we come across vendors selling fresh cucumbers on the road. It was always a pleasant sight to see these people especially in summer when the weather is unbearably very hot. Eating cucumber did help us quench our thirst. Vendors would come prepared with chilli powder and salt and their eyes would pop out in surprise when we ask for more chilli powder. They were a friendly lot and I believe they got used to our chilli eating habit as more and more Bhutanese students frequented that road as the number of Bhutanese students studying colleges in India increased.
Preparation time: 5 Mins
- 1medium size cucumber
- 1/2 Tomato chopped
- 1/4 Onion chopped
- Red chilli powder/ green fresh chilli
- Salt and
- black pepper
Peel the cucumber and Cut into a fine circle shapes.
Cut onion and tomato in to small pieces
Add all the ingredients in a bowl. Add salt and cheese( optional)
Sprinkle some chilli powder and black pepper then mix thoroughly with a spoon and enjoy the refreshing Hogi.