Carrot Moongdal Salad/Cosambari

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Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A and are a frequent ingredient among salads. Besides, moong dal is a good ingredient to have for salads/cosambari. I have already a few salads in the recent weeks and today I would like to put up yet another one – Carrot and Moongdal cosambari(salad). This is the delicacy of the Kannadigas from Bangalore. Since I grew up in Bangalore, all of us loved having the salad atleast once a week. The recipe is very simple and can be prepared in a span of just 10 minutes if Moong dal is soaked in advance for about 20 minutes.

What you need to have:

1. Grated carrots – 2-3 cups

2. Moong Dal – 1/4 cup

3. Grated Coconut – 2 Tablespoons

4. Green chillies- 2-3(less spicy)

5. Lemon juice- 2 Teaspoons

6. Corriander leaves chopped – 1 tablespoon

Ingredients of seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

2. Redchilly – 1

3. Asafoetida powder – 1/2 teaspoon

4. Curry leaves – 1 string

5. Salt-  to taste

13-10-2008-0131 Ingredients of  carrot-moongdal Cosambri

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash, peal and grate carrots, coconut as shown in the image above. Chop corriander leaves, green chillies as well and keep it aside.

2. Wash moongdal 2-3 times and soak in water for about 20 minutes.

3. Transfer grated carrots, coconut and chopped corriander leaves to a bowl and squeeze lemon juice to it and keep it aside. Also squeeze chopped green chillies and required quantity of salt and keep it aside.

4. Drain water from soaked dal completely from step 2 and add the same into the bowl in step 3.

5. Place a spatula with 2-3 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. On heating add Mustard seeds to it. When it sputters add red chilly pieces, asafoetida powder, and curry leaves and when fried season it to the salad.

6. Lastly add green chilly salt mix from step 5 to the salad and serve.

Ready to serve Carrot-Moongdal cosambri is as shown in the image below.


Ready to serve Carrot-Moong-Dal Cosambri

How long it takes: 30 minutes (including 20 minutes for soaking of dal)

Number of servings: 6-8


3 thoughts on “Carrot Moongdal Salad/Cosambari

    Jyothi Mcminn said:
    November 1, 2009 at 4:07 am

    grated garlic and ginger to taste is an addition to this recipe. I add 2-4 tsps of crushed peanuts for crunchiness. add a pinch of sugar and the flavor is great. Enjoy. Jyothi mcminn

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 1, 2009 at 7:54 am

      Hi Jyothi,

      I normally donot add raw garlic to it and should try it out . Thanx a lot for sharing this recipe.I have put up one more recipe carot-capsicum salad in which i have added peanut powder.This also tastes great with capsicum.

    Carrot-Capsicum Salad/Kosambari – Sahyadri Recipes said:
    February 26, 2018 at 8:31 am

    […] kids as baby food when we start off with solid food for the kids. Apart from a few other salads (with Moongdal, with cabbage ) with carrots among the primary ingredients, I have also put up carrot halwa, carrot […]

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