Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Cool Indian Cucumber salad - (Kosumbari )

Cool Cucumber salad - (Kosumbari )

Kosumbari is a special salad made during south Indian festivals with the soaked green moong dhal (split lentil) minus its skin, spiced with salt, green chilli and mustard seed and mixed with tiny scrapings of coconut ,cucumber thinly diced or strips & carrot(optional)and dressed with a little lemon juice.

Ingredients :
1 big cucumber diced or cut into small strips.
Green gram dhal (moong dal) - 3/4cup
Chopped green Chilli - 3nos
Grated fresh coconut - 2tbs
Chopped coriander leaves - 2tbs
Salt - to taste
Lemon juice - 2tsp

For seasoning :

Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Curry leaves - few
Asafoetida - a pinch

Method of Preparation :

Soak green gram dhal in water for one hour. Drain water and add grated coconut, green chillies and coriander leaves. Sprinkle salt and lemon juice and mix well.
Heat oil and add the seasoning ingredients. Pour it over the prepared kosambari.

Note : It can be also made using Chana dhal (bengal gram dhal). For cucumber kosambari.