Curry Cucumber Finger Sandwiches on Pumpernickel

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings


For the Curry Powder

  • 3 Tbsp whole coriander seeds
  • 2 Tbsp whole cumin seeds
  • Around 6 inches Indian cinnamon stick
  • 10 whole cardamom pods
  • 1 Tbsp fenugreek
  • 2 Tbsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp whole black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chili flakes
  • 3 Tbsp ground turmeric powder

For the Homemade Mayonnaise

  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

For the Curry Dressing

  • 1/4 pt Homemade Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 pt cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups cucumbers, finely diced (seeds removed)
  • Curry Powder, salt, and pepper (to taste)

For assembly

  • 1 loaf thinly sliced pumpernickel bread
  • Curry Cucumber Salad
  • Chopped almonds


For the Curry Powder

  1. Toast all the spices except the turmeric in a dry saute pan over medium heat until they are very fragrant but not burned.

  2. Grind the spices together in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle into a very fine powder.

  3. Finally, blend in the turmeric powder.

For the Homemade Mayonnaise

  1. Combine the whole egg, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard in a blender or food processor and blend to combine.

  2. While the blender or food processor is still on, add the vegetable oil in a steady stream until the mixture becomes thick and light in color (almost white).

  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For the Curry Dressing

  1. Add the Homemade Mayonnaise to the cream cheese little by little, mixing thoroughly after each addition.

  2. Then, add the finely diced cucumber and mix well.

  3. Season with curry powder, salt, and pepper to taste. (You won't need all the curry powder -- save it to spice up something else. It's delicious in soups, rice recipes, and chicken and lamb dishes.)

For assembly

  1. Spread a thin layer of Curry Cucumber Salad between 2 thin slices of pumpernickel bread.

  2. Chill the sandwiches in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to make them easier to cut.

  3. Cut the sandwiches into small triangles and roll one side in chopped almonds.


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