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Cucumber and snake cucumber are hydrating foods, but is one better than another?

Both kheera and kakdi are beneficial for your health. But it is important to know which of the two will make you feel cooler in the summer.
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It's the season for kheera and kakdi! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Team Health Shots Updated: 29 Mar 2022, 23:03 pm IST
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You must have eaten cucumber or kheera many times, but how many of us consume snake cucumber or kakdi in summer? People probably do not know that snake cucumber is also beneficial for health just like cucumber! It is crunchy, juicy and refreshing. However, have you ever wondered what’s the difference between kheera and kakdi?

We have forgotten indigenous fruits and vegetables in front of exotic salads. So today we will tell you the benefits of consuming snake cucumber in the summer season and the two best ways to have snake cucumber and cucumber.

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The benefits of eating cucumber daily are unbeliever! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Science also believes that snake cucumber is healthy

A study published in February 2017 in Metabolic Brain Disease states that snake cucumbers leaf extracts have neuroprotective properties which can protect the brain from oxidative stress caused by diabetes. Talking about the nutritional value of snake cucumber, it contains about 15 percent protein and 22 percent oil content.

Know how cucumber and snake cucumber are beneficial for your health

Both cucumber and snake cucumber are beneficial for your health. However, cucumber has a higher water content than snake cucumber, so it will keep your body cooler in the hot weather. But both contain good amounts of vitamins A, C, B6, E, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron.

Also, read: A dermatologist reveals why you must use cucumber juice for a healthy scalp

People consume less snake cucumber, but it is beneficial for reducing your cholesterol. So include it in your regular summer diet too. Now know its two tasty recipes here.

To make cucumber and snake cucumber salad, you will need

* Cucumber 250 grams
* Cucumber 250 grams
* Chaat masala as per taste
* Black salt to taste
* Lemon juice

Here’s how to make cucumber and snake cucumber salad

Cut the snake cucumber lengthwise and cut it into medium-sized pieces. Sprinkle chaat masala and salt. Squeeze half a lemon and consume it immediately. Your healthy and tatsy snake cucumber salad is ready.

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Cucumber is one of the coolest foods you can eat without worrying about weight woes. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Now let’s make a snake cucumber dish

For this you will need:

Cucumber 500 grams
A pinch of asafoetida
Cumin 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Chili powder 1 tsp
Garam masala 1 tsp
Vegetable oil 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

Here’s how to make a snake cucumber dish

Cut the snake cucumber lengthwise into 1-inch pieces. If the snake cucumber seeds are hard, remove the seeds. Put some oil in a pan. Add hing, cumin, turmeric, coriander, chili powder, and salt. Now add snake cucumber and cook till it becomes soft. Add garam masala and take it off the flame. You can eat it with roti!

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