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Thursday, September 20, 2007

A Couple of Kosumbaris from Karnataka

Kosumbari (Kosumbri) from Karnataka is sort of a salad prepared primarily with carrots / cucumbers / beans like chana dal, moongdal, green gram. Simple, healthy kosumbaris are an integral part of any festive meal. Food served on such ocassions always starts with kosumbaris and usually two varieties of kosumbaris are present.
Dal kosumbaris are also served at temples as prasadam and are shared with friends / neighbors on Sri Rama navami day.


Crunchy carrots coupled with coconut are lightly seasoned and lemon juice is added to bring out slight tanginess in the dish. Kosumbari makes a delicious salad on it's own and carrot kosumbari can be eaten with rotis as well.

You need:
Two large carrots, ends cut, peeled and grated
Fresh, grated coconut - 1/4 cup
2 small green chillies finely chopped
Few curry leaves
Finely chopped cilantro - 1 Tbsp
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Mustard seeds & Chanadal - 1 tsp each
Juice from a small lime / lemon

You do:
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and chana dal. When chanadal starts to turn red, add green chillies and curry leaves. Saute for a minute and turn off the stove. Then add grated coconut, carrot, cilantro and lime juice to the pan and mix well.


Chanadal - 1/2 cup
Grated fresh coconut - 1/4 cup
Grated carrots - 1/4 cup (optional. You can even add finely diced cucumbers instead)
Finely chopped cilantro - 1 Tbsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
2 finely chopped, small, green chillies
A pinch of asafoetida
Juice from half a lime / lemon

Preparation: Soak chanadal in water for a couple of hours and drain all the water. Add coconut, carrot and cilantro.
Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds. When they start to pop add chillies and asafoetida. Let it remain for a few seconds. Remove this and add to the chanadal mixture.
Squeeze the lemon juice over the mixture and stir well.

This goes to RCI - Karnataka hosted by Asha of Foodie's Hope. RCI was created by Lakshmi of VeggieCusine.

Also see Moongdal - Cucumber Kosumbari

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Jyothi said...

Hi Suma! two recipes are completely new for me. But looks delicious, colorful and simple. Great dishes. Thanks for sharing.

Siri said...

Dear Suma,

The Kosambari pictures are soo good..
Now, I am eagerly awaiting for Asha's RCI: Karnataka Roundup with so many kannadiga dishes all over the blogosphere... All recipes at one place wud definitely be eye-popping..:)

Roopa said...

yum Suma!The pictures are so detectable :)

Anonymous said...

Looks beautiful, Suma. We usually add hesaru bele to the carrot kosambari. But kadlebele kosumbari is new and looks awesome.

Richa said...

both the salads look so bright n colorful :)

Namratha said...

Kosambaris ala carte!I just went back in time for a while..because my granny used to make this for almost every festival :) Lovely pics!

Rajitha said...

suma..bright and beautiful...they look so good and healthy to boot

EC said...

colourful snaps and nice recipes....

Unknown said...

Nice recipes Suma, They look very colorful!!!

Apple said...

Hi Suma,

've come here thru FBD....Kosumbaris look colorful..Nice Entries

Asha said...

Classic kosumbaris of K'taka, love the Kadalebele Usli,I made it last week!:)
Thank you Suma, love the photos too!:))

TBC said...

That's very healthy & colorful:-)

Sharmi said...

you made lot of colorful kosambaris for RCI:) looks so good.

Padma said...

Both kosumbari's looks fabulous!

Kribha said...

I too made carrot kosambari for RCI K. Nice pictures.