Sunday, November 16, 2008

Recipe for Carrot Kosmari (Salad)

In traditional Indian cooking, salads are simple affairs usually featuring raw vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions sliced and arranged on a plate and drizzled with lemon juice. However "Carrot Kosmari" kicks it up a notch. It is typically made in Tamil cooking to go with "Thogayals" and "kozhambus" to provide a sweet contrast to the strong tastes. (More on thogayal and kozhambu in later posts!) It is easy to make, looks pretty and is healthy to boot. So here's the recipe for carrot kosmari.


2 large carrots
1/2 cup lentils - payatham paruppu (called moong dal in Hindi)
juice of half a lime/lemon
salt to taste
3-4 green chilies slit
1 tsp oil, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and a pinch perungaayam (hing) for tempering
chopped cilantro for garnish

1. Soak the lentils (paruppu) in warm water for 1/2 hour. Drain. It will be soft enough to munch on. It will get softer with the juices in the carrot.

2. Grate the carrot

3. Mix the carrot, paruppu, salt and lime/lemon juice

4. Heat the oil. Add the mustard seeds. When they start sputtering, add the perungaayam and green chilies, and switch off heat.

5. Add the tempering to the salad and mix

6. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro

Enjoy with your Tamil meal! Chandra Padmanabhan's Dakshin is a great resource for preparing a Tamil meal.

I am submitted this recipe to the Vegetarian Thankgiving Recipe Carnival where you can get more ideas!!



Navita said...

Thanks for the tip off! Will check the halwa out. btw nice salad too!
Hey whats ur real name?

Mansi said...

that's a perfect side salad indeed! and nutritious too! thanks for sending it my way:)

Navita said...

thts our secret...;-p.
nice name though.

Radhika said...

I love this because my mom always made it for me.
However, my issue with it is that when I make it for my non-SI husband and kids (and others that fall into that category), they kick a little at the raw taste of the daal..... any ideas on how to lessen the "rawness" of the smell/taste...