Kosambir or kosambari or koshimbir are no-cooking, mix and match recipes with raw vegetables/lentils, are healthy and easy to make. I love to eat these occasionally when I become all health conscious and also when I don’t want to cook any complicated dishes.
When I was doing my bachelors in Belgaum, I used to go to my friend’s house to study. There I used to have one of the most amazing meals. My friend’s grandmom, Mrs Diwan, is a great cook. I absolutely loved her cooking. Though I liked all her dishes, her festival food was the best. I wish I had so much interest in cooking that time, I would have written down all her recipes. She used to prepare a moong daal kosambir which I absolutely loved. I don’t have her recipe with me, but I prepared this last week and it came out too good. This is my Aayi’s recipe.
Â½ cup yellow moong daal
1 tea spn grated coconut(optional)
Â½ cup grated carrot(optional)
Â½ cup grated cucumber(optional)
1 tbl spn lemon juice
3-4 green chilies
2-3 coriander leaves
A pinch asafoetida(optional)
Â½ tea spn oil
1 red chili
4-5 curry leaves
Soak daal for around 1hr. Discard the water and add carrot, cucumber, coconut, slitted green chilies to it. Add salt, lemon juice, chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add curry leaves, asafoetida and red chili broken into pieces. Mix well.
Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 10mins