Kachumber – Spicy Indian Salad


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I grew up eating salad as a side with spicy Indian food. Be that dum alu or Chittagong chicken, salads were always on the side line. But coming here, and living in the US for almost 4 years now, the take on salad has almost changed, from being a side dish salad has now turned into a meal. Over the years I have started liking the abundance of greens in my salad (read loads of spinach, arugula and how can I forget iceberg lettuce), but when it comes to touching your roots a medley of cucumber, tomatoes and onion always seals the deal.

Mexican pico de gallo comes very close to this garden fresh North Indian green salad, but the vegetables are cut in a little larger size and when its Indian it has to spicier. Generally, cucumber, onions and tomatoes are the main ingredients in this salad, but tamarind is also mixed sometimes to give it a more tangy taste. And, if you want, you can also add a portion of yogurt to make dahi raita.





Yields 1
Prep Time
7 min
Prep Time
7 min
  1. 4 medium cucumbers
  2. 2 tomatoes
  3. 1 medium onion
  4. 2 Thai green chili
  5. 2-3 sprigs of cilantro
  6. 1 teaspoon lime juice
  7. Salt to taste
  1. Chop the cucumber, tomatoes and onion to bite size pieces. While doing so, scoop out the seeds from the cucumber and tomatoes with a spoon
  2. Slice the green chili and coarsely chop the cilantro leaves, leave the stalks behind
  3. Mix everything together in a glass bowl, sprinkle with salt and lime juice. Mix and serve with your choice of spicy curry
  1. The quantity of ingredients depends entirely on you, it doesn't matter if you use 3 cucumbers instead of 4, if it tastes good to you, that's what counts.
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Mango Salsa – No cooking recipe

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Saturdays are just great. There is no hurry anything on earth. The morning hour rush for office is still one more to go. Laziness prevails in everything – waking up at 11 in the morning, lunch at 3 in the afternoon, or probably even later and there comes the evening with friends, and of course there’s no rush to go early to bed. I love Saturdays. Even I give my cooking a break on Saturdays.

After watching two movies, 3 episodes of an English series, I was wondering what to do for the evening. The tummy was calling for some food, and so decided to make both my tummy and tongue happy- what better way than to have some ripe orange mangoes during this summer evening. There were some veggies left in the kitchen, so just tossed them together to have a tangy mango salsa for the evening.


  • 200 gms chopped mangoes (preferably fresh, canned ones will also do)
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • 1 green chili
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro
  • ¼ red tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salad seasoning (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice (optional)


  • Toss all the fruits and vegetables together
  • Season with chili flakes, salad seasoning and a pinch of salt if you like and pour in the lime juice on top


Hot Tips – You can put in some onions and green peas if you want

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Carnival of Salads

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High Calorie and Weight Gain

Festive season brings cheers, laughter and rendezvous with family and friends. It also brings High calorie foods and weight gain. The last month being the time for merriment and holidays, I’m sure most of you have put on some weight [due to the booze, the sloth, the endless party nibbles says this Telegraph article]. Most likely, you have made a New Year resolution (oh that annual word!) to have low calories healthy diet at least for next 2 months.

The rich and spicy food during the vacations calls for a month of non-spicy, non-greasy yet tasty food. Lets mark the next 1 month where we cook (and write about) Salads.

The Salad Carnival

In the next 30 days, lets write about Salads. Any type of Salad – green, entrée, barbecue, fruit salads. You can also write about Raitas  of any type – mixed, cucumber, fruits, boondi, or something different.

Rules for Participation

  • Write about a salad on your blog between now and 14th February 2010 with a link back to this event announcement. I’ll be glad if you use the event logo, it’s optional though.
  • Subscribe by email to this blog. Or, become a Fan at the Facebook page of Cook Like a Bong. Thanks in advance. 🙂 [Controversial I know.  So, testing]
  • The salad may be vegan, vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
  • If you have any archived post that you want to send, please update the post with the link to this event. No need to repost.
  • It is better if you can cite the type of salad that you have prepared, eg: green, entrée, barbecue, fruit salads
  • Please send in an image of the prepared recipe in jpeg format not more than 300X300pixels
  • Send in the following details to bengalicuisine@gmail.com with the subject as “Carnival of Salads
  • Your Preferred name:
  • Name of salad:
  • Type of salad:
  • URL of your blog: (In case you don’t have a blog, you can give any of your URL e.g. twitter, facebook/orkut/myspace profile etc)
  • URL of the post:
  • Image of the prepared recipe:
  • Those of you, who don’t have a blog, please feel free to email your recipes to the id above. Your recipe will be published at the time of round-up with due credit to you.

Most Popular Salad Video

Famous Los Angeles based restaurant chain Carl’s Jr has recently launched their new line of grilled chicken salad. Guess who’s featured in the ad? The sultry seductress Kim Kardashian. No prizes for guessing the reason. With close to 2 million views in just 3 weeks, its got to be the most popular salad video ever. Cranberry Apple Walnut Chicken Salad:

Etymology of Salad

‘Salad’ derives its name probably from the Latin word “sal” meaning salt, which was one of the important ingredients of salad. Wiki says that salads were probably eaten by the ancient Greeks and Romans even two thousand years ago. Though, most people avoided salads because of disease contamination from raw vegetables. Salads started growing in popularity during the 18th and 19th centuries with the emergence of various salad bars.

Types of Salad

Salads on the basis of their ingredients, dressing and the way they are made can be differentiated into various types. The very popular ones being the Ceasar salad, Greek salad, Italian chopped salad. Ms. Shulman wrote on the New York Times about five different salads which are a little different from the regular ones, the main ingredients being grains, beans, potatoes and eggs.

Whats your favourite salad?

We would love to hear more about salads from you, if you want then please share your thoughts and any related incidents with salads. You can put in a comment here or mail us at bengalicuisine@gmail.com .

Further Reading – All About Salads, Salad Recipes, How to avoid gaining weight during Christmas Holidays

By the way, do you know any Bengali Salad?

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