I have been blogging continually for a week now and my readers must be wondering what kind of energy has got into me 😅. Actually I realized how much time I was wasting in overthinking and felt it was best if I deviate my time towards something productive. So here I am with my son sleeping in my arms completing his evening sleep while I am blogging with my favorite songs in the background on spotify instead of random browsing or feeding my moody thoughts (which are sometimes too much to handle for the sensitive me 😬).
This kosambari is my favorite accompaniment to our rice meals. It is quick to assemble, very healthy with protein rich moong dal and tastes yummy too. People from Karnataka and Konkanis know this as they have grown up eating it at home, in temples and even in weddings.
There are many variations but this is how I make kosambari. It can beat any exotic salad in terms of taste and I am sure will won’t be able to stop eating it. It’s a favorite of my family and I have to make a huge bowl of it. Even then I hardly get to eat couple of spoons of it (my son comes when I eat my dinner and finishes off my share of the kosambari too 😂).
Hope those who don’t know will try and love it. Happy and healthy cooking!
1/4 Cup Moong dal
3 English cucumbers ( I use them as Indian ones are rarely available here)
1 Carrot, peeled and grated
3 Green chillies or to taste
3 Tbsp freshly grated coconut
Juice of one Indian lemon
Salt to taste
1 tsp Coconut oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
A pinch of Hing powder
Step by step recipe:
1. Soak moong dal in almost double the amount of water for about 30 to 45 mins. It will swell in size and when you bite, there will be no rawness in it. Then you can use it. Meanwhile, also wash well and chop cucumbers. Add cucumbers, grated carrot, green chillies and grated coconut in a mixing bowl.
2. When the moong dal is soaked, drain water from it completely and add to this along with salt.. Also heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds and fry curry leaves slightly in it. Add Hing powder too. Then pour the seasoning over this.
3. Finally add lemon juice and mix well.
4. Serve with rice meals or enjoy as it is.
* Make sure to soak the moong dal well. When you taste and see by 30 mins, you will know whether it has rawness or can be eaten. If you feel it’s still raw, soak for more time. Anyhow, by maximum one hour, it will swell well and will be ready to be added to the salad.
* You can make this with cucumber alone or carrot alone but I love mixing both as it gives a good flavour and looks good too.
* Goes well as an accompaniment with rice and rasam.