Carrot Kosambari | Carrot Kosambari Recipe | Kosambari | Indian Salad

carrot kosambari

Carrot kosambari gets full marks on the taste and health scales. It would not be a surprise then if you make this salad often, as a side dish and healthy snack. Kosambari, in general, and carrot kosambari, in particular, are traditional dishes.

You would also give a thumbs up to the carrot kosambari recipe because it needs only the common ingredients and the preparation steps are few and simple.

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In the carrot kosambari recipe, carrot and chana dal are the main items.

While the carrot leads the kosambari on the health line, chana dal makes the taste bud crave more for this south Indian vegetarian food. Hing, coconut gratings and lemon juice work together to place the carrot kosambari on the top rung of the taste ladder.

If you are hungry between meals, you may want to eat carrot kosambari as a snack. The drawback is you've to use soaked chana dal to make this salad.

The use of onion in this carrot kosambari recipe is optional.

If you do use onion, it, like the chana dal, makes this salad crunchy and delicious. This common vegetable gives many health benefits too.

How much time does it take to prepare this side dish? You can make it in about five minutes. Do note, however, you've to soak the chana dal in water for two to three hours.

Eat or serve carrot kosambari soon after you prepare it to benefit from its freshness and the nutrition it gives. For, over time these will be lost.

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Servings: 2-3


1. Carrot 1
2. Chana dal or split Bengal gram 2 tablespoons
3. Green chilies, chopped, 1-2
4. Onion, chopped, 1 tablespoon
5. Coconut gratings 1 tablespoon
6. Coriander leaves, few sprigs
7. Lemon juice to taste
8. Salt to taste

For Seasoning:

1. Oil 1 teaspoon
2. Mustard 1/4 teaspoon
3. Curry leaves 1 sprig
4. Hing few pinches

How to make Carrot Kosambari?

carrot kosambari video

1. Wash chana dal.

Soak it for about 3 hours.
2. Prepare the Seasoning:

- Heat oil

- Add mustard seeds when the oil becomes hot

- Add hing when the mustard starts to splutters. Mix.

- Add curry leaves. Fry till the curry leaves become crispy.

Break a red chili and add it, along with the curry leaves, to make the kosambari spicy.

Keep aside to cool.
3. Remove the top and bottom of the carrot.

Soak in water for about 20 minutes.

Wash the carrot in fresh water.
4. Scrape the outer layer of the carrot using a knife.

Although you can peel the skin using a peeler, there may be wastage of the carrot because the peeled skin would be thick.

Wash the carrot again to remove any unwanted item that may have settled on the surface while scrapping.
5. Grate the carrot using a medium-hole grater.
6. Strain the chana dal.
7. Add carrot gratings, chana dal, green chilies, chopped coriander leaves, onion, salt and coconut gratings.

8. Finally add lemon juice and the seasoning.

9. Carrot kosambari is ready.

carrot kosambari final

TIPS Carrot Kosambari
1. If you wish, you can substitute chana dal for moong dal.
2. Add black pepper powder to make the kosambari spicier and for further health benefits.
3. In the mango sesaon, add raw mango gratings instead of lemon juice.