Made using freshly chopped veggies, this Kachumber Salad is a fresh, crunchy Indian salad that doesn’t need any cooking and can be rustled up whenever hunger strikes. Pair it with any Indian meal for a taste lift!
About This Recipe
Crunchy and light, this Kachumber or Kuchumber Salad also called Indian cucumber tomato salad, is an easy salad that is made with the combination of finely chopped cucumber, tomatoes, and onions.
Kachumber means a combination of vegetables in one recipe, and here we have mixed cucumber, tomato, and onions in one salad, and thus the name.
This Indian Salsa is very popular in Parsi Cuisine and is a must serve with Dhansak. Green chillies and a little red chilli powder are added to spice it up, coriander leaves for the refreshing taste and lemon juice to add a tangy taste to the salad.
You can serve it as a side dish along with your everyday Indian meals or it even tastes delicious along with Chicken/Mutton Biryani, Vegetable Biryani, or any Pulav of your choice.
Make a big bowl of the same for your BBQ parties. So buy fresh vegetables from the local market and whip up this easy peasy salad in minutes. You can also add finely chopped beetroot and boiled potatoes, to make this salad even more interesting.
And during summers, try and make a Gujarati Style Kachumber Salad. All you have to do is add some finely chopped mangoes, as it adds a hint of sweetness in this spicy tangy salad.
Just like Mexican Pico De Gallo, this kachoomar salad is
- Easy to make
To make this salad, you need everyday ingredients that will be already available in your pantry.
Vegetables – You will need Tomato, Cucumber, Green Chilli, Fresh Coriander, Lemon, and Onions. You can even add finely chopped Mixed Bell Peppers in this salad.
Pomegranate – This is completely optional! I like to add it for extra crunch and also a little hint of sweetness it adds to the salad.
Salt and Pepper – To season it you will need just salt and pepper. That’s it! If you like it to be tangier, you can add in some Chaat Masala Powder too.
Lime Juice – This provide the much-needed tang in the salad. You can also use vinegar in place of lemon or lime juice. Try adding different varieties of vinegar for change in taste.
Step by Step Recipe
Add all the ingredients in a bowl mentioned above in the ingredient list.
Mix everything properly and serve immediately.
Mixed Vegetable – While tomato, onion, and cucumber are the main ingredients of Kachumber, you can also add grated or cubed beet, bell peppers, boiled corn, radish, and carrots in this salad.
Broccoli, baby spinach, avocado, lettuce, peas, bean sprouts, alfa alfa can also be added to it.
Thinly sliced cabbage also works great in this recipe.
You can also add other herbs like mint, basil, or parsley to this salad.
Mango – When mangoes are in season, add some chopped ripe or raw mangoes to this.
Potato – Boiled cubed potatoes also taste good in this salad.
Peanut – Add in some roasted crushed peanuts in this salad. This is my favorite version of Kachumber Salad.
You can even add other nuts like cashew nuts, almonds, or walnuts.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make Kachumber Raita or Kachumber with yogurt, just add finely chopped onions, tomatoes, and cucumber in the whisked curd/dahi and flavor it up with some jeera powder and salt.
Yes, that’s it! For extra flavor, you can also give a tadka of oil, hing and red chilli powder to your Kachumber raita. This kachumber Raita pairs very well with biryani.
I suggest you make this salad fresh, as if you store in the fridge, it might leave its freshness and crunchiness.
But if you still have leftovers, store it in a sealed container for about 2 days in the fridge.
It’s a very personal thing. If the cucumbers are very fresh, then you can leave the skin on. It not only adds a nice crunch but it’s healthier too.
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- 1 cup Onion (Chopped)
- 1 cup Tomato (Chopped)
- 1 cup Cucumber (Chopped)
- 1 tsp Green chili (Chopped)
- 2 tbsp Fresh coriander (Finely Chopped)
- 1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds
- Salt & Pepper
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice
- Add all the ingredients in a bowl and toss well.
- Check for salt and lemon juice.
- Serve along with Indian style meals.