Kachumber Salad is the cucumber, tomato, and onion salad that is so popular at many Indian restaurants. You can sometimes find it on the menu, but more often, it is served with poppadoms or as a garnish.
This is a fresh, easy chopped salad with a simple dressing. Although it is traditionally served with curries and dals, you could add it to your burgers, tacos, burrito bowls, or use it as a dip with chips.
The vegetables are dressed with lemon juice, salt, and a little cumin and chili. If you want to add some fresh herbs, cilantro or mint would be great options. A crisp and colorful salad that everyone will love!
Making the recipe
So this is a very straightforward recipe!! Everything is chopped up and combined in a bowl! That is all there is to it!
I do have a couple of tips for making your Kachumber the best it can be.
- Once you have chopped the tomatoes and cucumber, add them to a non-metallic bowl with the salt. This will draw out some of the water from the vegetables. This keeps them crunchy and stops water from being collected at the bottom of the bowl.
- When you have chopped your onions, pop them in a colander or fine-mesh sieve and run them under cold water for 15 seconds. This takes some of the acrid raw taste away but leaves enough to still give your Kachumber flavor.
As well at the classic, cucumber, tomato, and onion you can add extra veg to your Kachumber, just ensure they are all chopped to a similar size.
- grated carrot
- boiled corn
What to serve with Kachumber
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Kachumber – Indian Salad Recipe
- 2 cups chopped cucumber
- 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup chopped red onions
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- salt to taste
- Optional – cilantro and mint
- Place the cucumber and tomatoes in a non-metallic bowl. Sprinkle over the salt, stir well, and set to one side.
2 cups chopped cucumber
2 cups chopped tomatoes
¼ tsp salt
- Place the chopped red onions in a colander or fine-mesh sieve and rinse them in cold water for 15 seconds. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
1 cup chopped red onions
- Pour away any of the collected juice from the cucumber and tomato.
- Add the red onions, cumin, cayenne, and lemon juice to the bowl.
1 cup rinsed red onions
½ tsp ground cumin
pinch cayenne pepper
1 tbsp lemon juice
- Toss and check your seasoning. You'll probably want more salt.
- Serve immediately.
Homemade Peri Peri Seasoning
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp ground coriander
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground cardamon
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper – see note 1
- Mix everything together well and store in an airtight jar.
- Depending on how spicy you like your food, you can change the level of cayenne pepper. As the recipe is written it is a mild seasoning. But you can increase the cayenne up to 1 tbsp if you like it spicy.