Kosambri (Shredded Carrot Salad)

This recipe for Kosambri  or Shredded Carrot Salad most probably originated in the southern parts of India but has been adapted all over.  The natural sweetness of carrots mixed in with the tanginess of the  lemon juice makes Kosambri one of the tastiest ways to eat raw carrots.  Try this recipe and enjoy the health benefits of carrots – an A+ vegetable!


Ingredients:

Carrots – 3 cups (loosely packed), finely shredded
Lemon Juice – 3 Tbsp
Salt – to taste
Oil – 1 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Asofoetida (Hing) – pinch
Chana Daal – 1 tsp
Urad Daal – 1 tsp
Green Chili – 1 or to taste, slit thin
Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
Cilantro – 5 sprigs, finely chopped
Fresh Shredded Coconut – 1 tsp, for garnishing (optional)

Method:

  1. Wash, peel and finely shred carrots.  Store bought Matchstick Carrots DO NOT work for this recipe.
  2. In a medium bowl, add Carrots, Lemon Juice, Salt and Cilantro. Mix well.
  3. Heat Oil in a small pan.
  4. Add Mustard Seeds and allow them to pop.
  5. Add Asofoetida, Chana Daal and Urad Daal..
  6. Once the daals turn golden brown, add Green Chilies and cook for 30 seconds.
  7. Add Curry Leaves and remove from heat.
  8. Add the above seasoning to the Carrots and mix well.
  9. Garnish with Fresh Shredded Coconut and serve chilled.
  10. Serves 4

0 thoughts on “Kosambri (Shredded Carrot Salad)

  1. could you please recommend a machine that would finely shred carrots? I cannot find a machine here in the USA that would shred carrots finely. thanks.

  2. could you please recommend a machine that would finely shred carrots? I cannot find a machine here in the USA that would shred carrots finely. thanks.

  3. Hi girls!It looks like you’ve added 1 tbsp of oil for the seasoning, not 1 tsp…I just looked at the quantity added to the pan in the video…please rectify me if I’m wrong?

  4. sorry to ask but with the dal’s you add them in their raw uncooked state of you cook them first then add. I guess i was sure if they would completely cook give the method above.

    thank you.

    1. Hi Dave,

      The daals usually get fried in the hot oil so they are added uncooked. They do remain hard, but once the wet ingredients are added, and they sit for a while, they tend to soften up.

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