Katchumbar Salad

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By Published On: August 27th, 2021

Here’s a simple and healthy accompaniment that’s essential on any Indian table. Katchumbar is an easy chopped salad that adds a touch of crunch and freshness to any spicy or rich curry. Great as a side and perfect to temper any hot chilli heat.

Cucumber, tomato & red onion are combined with a little cilantro and lime juice and served in a bowl as a chopped salad for Indian food.

Every Indian feast I cook (at least once a week) is complimented by this super easy salad, Katchumbar. A combination of crunch and cooling vegetables are the perfect antidote to the liberal use of chilli I’ve invariably used in the main dishes.

Curries can often seem rich and heavy on their own, so in India they balance their meals with a fresh element on the table. The simplest combination salad is much like an American chopped salad, with only a few ingredients. You’ll be thankful of a little cooling cucumber on occasion, and the tangy tomato can enhance many spiced sauces to perfection. Peppery radish gives crunch too and lastly onions add a zing and a crunch. A little cilantro completes the salad to bring a familiar Indian herbal note.

Cucumber, tomato & red onion are combined with a little cilantro and lime juice and served in a bowl as a chopped salad for Indian food.

Substitutes? Of course!

At its simplest, this is the salad in its totality, but on occasion, I’ll add other ingredients to the mix to change up the flavours a little. I’ll sometimes add bell peppers, spring onions and julienned carrot. And sometimes I’ll go against my very own advice of this salad being a cool aid by adding chilli peppers! Can’t help myself!!

There’s not much to add, only that once you start serving a simple salad with your Indian dishes you’ll see why it’s such a great addition to the table.

How to make Katchumbar Salad

Cucumber, tomato & red onion are combined with a little cilantro and lime juice and served in a bowl as a chopped salad for Indian food.

Katchumbar Salad

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Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings (adjustable) 4 as a side dish
Calories (per serving) | 36

Ingredients

  • 1 hothouse/English cucumber (medium)(seeded and diced)
  • 3 tomatoes (sseded and diced)
  • ½ red onion (peeled and diced)
  • 1 cup radishes (diced)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (stalks and leaves, chopped)
  • ½ lime (juice of)
  • Salt & pepper
  • pinch chilli flakes (mild) (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine all the diced ingredients and stir well with the cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Decant into a serving bowl or platter and sprinkle with mild chilli flakes and serve.

Notes

Pre prep!
You can make katchumbar hours in advance, just cover and refrigerate until needed.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Katchumbar Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 36 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 7mg0%
Potassium 359mg10%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 865IU17%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course | Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine | Indian
Keyword | Indian Salad, Katchumbar
Cucumber, tomato & red onion are combined with a little cilantro and lime juice and served in a bowl as a chopped salad for Indian food.

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