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Kachumber Salad is a very popular and one of the most basic salad recipes from North Indian Cuisine. Low Calorie Salad without any oil. Vegan and Gluten-free best accompaniment with any meal
Kachumber Salad is basic Indian salad made with fresh onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh cilantro/coriander leaves. It is an everyday oil-free salad that is served in almost all the Indian households with meals. Each having their own variations, some like it grated some like it cubed and some finely chopped.
This salad has the most basic dressing of lemon juice with Indian spice mix Chaat masala and salt.I also like to add some roasted cumin powder and mint leaves(if available) for extra refreshing taste. If you like to add some heat in your salad you can also add some finely chopped green chillies or any kind peppers to it.
Simple meal of Dal Chawal and Rice or Yellow Moong Dal Kihchdi with plain yogurt (Chass or Indian Buttermilk) and a bowl of Kachumber salad makes a complete soulful meal.
How to serve Kachumber Salad
Jazz up your rolls and wraps or roasted pappadums for masala papads with this simple salad. Add a bowl of boiled chickpeas(Kabuli Chane/Chole) or black chickpeas(Kale chane) for a tangy chana chaat. Simply add it in a bowl of beaten yogurt seasoned with chaat masala and roasted cumin powder and some chilli for heat, chilled raita is ready to relish with any Pulao or Biryani. There are so many options to play around and enjoy this salad.
This is my everyday salad that I prepare quite often for lunch, which is basic Indian meal at home of Dal(any lentil) ,Roti(Chappati) or Rice , dry subzi(optional), buttermilk or any yogurt preparation and bowl of salad.
Ingredients of Kachumber Salad
Basic Ingredients of Kachumber Salad are Fresh Cucumbers, Onions, Tomatoes with finely chopped fresh cilantro or coriander leaves(optional). In a way it is so much similar to Mexican Pico -di Galo. Freshly squeezed lemon juice with dash of Chaat Masala, freshly ground black pepper (Kali Mirch) and Black Salt(Kala Namak) is the basic dressing for this salad. Many like to add vinegar also instead of lemon.
I like to add finely chopped beetroots or radish to it too as these are good source of iron which is very important to be included in diet. Sometimes I also add cubed kiwi(fruit) to it, as kids love it in with their food. Kiwis are one of the best source of Vit C., which must be included in daily diet.
Salads the Health Bowls!!
Raw Salad vegetables of any kind must be included in daily diet as these are rich source of fibers, vitamins and minerals. These as detox, cleanse the systems, aid in weight loss and help to keep the body fit and beautiful with glowing skin and hair!! Colorful salads with crispy vegetables and fruits with some portion of protein and carbohydrate are wholesome and filling meal.
Nutrient Value of Ingredients of Kachumber Salad
Bowl of Kachumber is loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins especially Vit C, which is very essential for iron absorption.
Cucumbers keep the body cool as these are 90% water,rich source of Vit K and potassium which keeps the body hydrated.
Tomatoes are loaded with vit. C , lycopenes and antioxidants and rich in fibers .
Onions have immunity boasters, good for bone health, rich source of potassium which is many people are lacking.
Linking my post to my Facebook group Foodie Monday Bloghop where the theme this Monday is #212SaladStories. This theme was suggested by Narmada who blogs at Nams Corner. where all the participating members are bringing some crunchy and healthy salads.
I like Narmadha’s easy and simple and healthy recipes with step wise instructions. Cooking is her passion and that shows in her writing and the recipes that she creates. Do check out here wonderful corner.. Nams Corner
How to make Kachumber Salad
Simply chop and mix all the vegetables( finely or chunky) depends on one’s preference.Also, finely chop cilantro or fresh coriander leaves. Try some mint leaves in salad for a refreshing taste, you will surely like it.
Squeeze in lemon juice, mix freshly ground black pepper, roasted cumin powder and salt to taste. Add salt just before serving , as veggies leave water and salad becomes too watery.
I like to finely chop onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and beetroot (whenever I add it).
So make this crunchy Indian Kachumber Salad and serve it the way you like it with any of your dishes. It is also a great accompaniment with any kind of non-vegetarian food especially chicken dishes.
- 4 Mini cucumbers
- 2 Tomatoes(Medium)
- 1 Onion(Medium)
- 2 tbsp Finely Chopped Cilantro
- Few Mint leaves optional
- 1-2 tbsp Beetroot(finely chopped or grated) optional
- 2-3 Radish optional
- 1-2 tbso Lemon/Lime Juice
- Chaat Masala as per taste
- Table Salt or Black Salt as per taste
- 1/4 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder optional
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper optional
- Wash nicely all the salad vegetable
- Cut into small cubes to keep it chunky or chop finely
- Add in lime/lemon juice, chaat masala, black pepper cumin powder( if using).
- Add salt if serving immediately.
- Mix in cilantro leaves and mint leaves( if using)
- To add add some heat, you can add finely chopped green chillies or any peppers like habanero chilli or jalapeno peppers
- You can cherry tomatoes instead of regular tomatoes
- I used red onions, if like white or yellow you can use that.
Make and serve this simple Kachumber salad with your meals and I am sure you and your family will love this crunchy salad with the Chatpata ( piquant)taste.
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