Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Kosambari (Salad)

This attractive dish is not only tasty but healthy too ! It seems unbelievable - as the words healthy, tasty and beauty is a rare combination at least where food is concerned. Moreover, it is very easy to prepare too.

Yesterday while chatting with my brother, I realised that it was Ramnavami day ( I am not a very religious type of person) and this kosambari or salad is a must have during such festivities in Bangalore. I had prepared it during our "Ugadi" festival .

Moong Dal Kosambari


Moong dal / Split green gram

½ cup


1 small

Carrot grated

2 tbsps

Green chillies (chopped)

1 or as per taste

Corriander leaves (chopped)

2 tbsps

Lime juice

2 tsps


A pinch

Curry leaves

1 sprig


1 tsp

Mustard seeds

1 tsp


As per taste


  1. Wash & soak Moong dal in water for an hour. Then drain and keep aside.
  2. Wash all the vegetables. Skin and grate cucumber and carrot.
  3. In a bowl, mix moong dal & grated cucumber.
  4. Heat oil in a small pan and add to it mustard seeds and when it splutters, add green chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida. Mix and remove from flame and add this to the bowl of moong dal and grated cucumber .
  5. Add salt and lime juice. Mix well and garnish it with grated carrots & chopped coriander leaves.
  6. Serve immediately.

Serves : 4


Instead of grating the cucumber, you may cut it into small cubes.

If you need to serve the salad at a later time, add the salt just before serving.

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