Cucumber Koshimbir Salad

The Happy Kitchen
by The Happy Kitchen
4 servings
20 min

Cucumber Koshimbir is a popular side dish or salad from the western region of India. It is an essential element in an authentic Maharashtrian cuisine, it has a unique flavor and tastes different from the usual salads.

The best thing about this salad is it requires minimalistic ingredients and so easy to put together, the tadka on the top is a game changer and brings in a burst of flavors.

Adding a dollop of yogurt is totally optional but I love that it adds a creamy texture to the salad. A spoonful of lentils and spices for the tadka are important and can be found at any Indian grocery store. I

A few simple things to chop, cucumbers cilantro and green chillies (or jalapeños) de seed to make it less spicy or you could even skip as per taste preference.

Assemble all the ingredients in a bowl, combine together and serve in a bowl. Add the tadka on the top and gently mix. Ready to relish a bowl of a refreshing, sweet and nutty cucumber salad.

Cucumber Koshimbir Salad
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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For the Salad
  • 2 cucumbers peeled and diced
  • 2 green chillies or jalapeños, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp yogurt, juice of 1 lime, 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh (preferred) or desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts
  • Salt to taste
For the Tadka
  • 1 tbsp oil/ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds,
  • Pinch of heeng, 2 dry red chillies,
  • 1/2 tbsp chana dal (split bengal gram)
Make the Salad
Combine all the ingredients of salad in a bowl in the order mentioned except salt.
Create the Tadka
For the tadka, in a pan add oil/ghee. On medium heat, let oil warm up and add mustard seeds, let splutter.
Add cumin seeds + pinch of heeng, let it splutter.
Add dry red chilies, Chana Dal and toss for a minute. Make sure tadka doesn't get burnt. Turn off the heat.
Add tadka on top of the salad, salt to taste and gently mix. Serve warm or chilled, as you prefer.
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  • Ljh22502779 Ljh22502779 on Jul 04, 2021

    Thanks for the recipe, this is my favorite dish for Summer and now many more can enjoy with your added touches.