Thursday 21 August 2014

Carrot Salad (Gajarachi koshimbir)

Most Indian meals are accompanied with a side salad which is flavoured with some tadka (tempering). One such salad is the gajarachi koshimbir - a Maharashtrian side dish. This carrot salad is made from raw carrots along with some other ingredients and finished off with a tadka of chillies and cumin or mustard seeds.This is very simple to make, healthy and super tasty!
I have tried to make this like my mom makes it - though I can never get that exact taste, it is quite close to it :) 


3 medium carrots, grated

1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp crushed peanuts
1 tsp ghee or coconut oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 green chillies, chopped
A pinch of asafoetida 
1 tbsp chopped coriander
Salt to taste


Add the grated carrots to a bowl along with the onion, tomato, lemon juice, sugar, coriander and peanuts( keep aside some crushed peanuts and coriander for garnish). Mix well

In a small pan, heat the ghee and add the cumin seeds. When they start sputtering, add the chopped chillies and asafoetida. Fry for a few seconds and immediately add to the bowl with the carrots and mix well.

Garnish with the rest of the coriander and peanuts.

* Leave out the onions if you don't like the raw taste. 


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