The Fresh Kachumber Salad with Cilantro, is a salad that skillfully combines a harmonious medley of vegetables to achieve the perfect balance of flavors and temper the spice levels found in Pakistani recipes.
WHAT IS KACHUMBER?
The Fresh Kachumber Salad with Cilantro is a traditional salad hailing from both North India and Pakistan. The term "Kachumber" derives its meaning from "minced," implying that the vegetables in this salad are finely chopped or minced for a delightful texture. This delightful Pakistani side dish serves as a fantastic accompaniment to various Pakistani recipes, ranging from Moong Masoor Dal to Chicken Biryani.
WHY MAKE KACHUMBER WITH MAIN DISH?
- When paired with a spicy recipe, the addition of the Kachumber effectively mitigates the spiciness.
- It's healthy.
- It comes together in no time.
- It's easy and delicious.
WHICH INGREDIENTS GO IN THE TRADITIONAL KACHUMBER?
- Onion- While my personal preference leans towards red onion, it's worth noting that shallots and yellow onions can also be excellent alternatives.
- Cucumber- There is nothing quite as refreshing as using fresh cucumbers in this recipe. If you prefer a smoother texture, peeling the cucumber skin can help eliminate any slight bitterness that may be present.
- Tomato- Opting for a nutritious ripe tomato is the ideal choice for this recipe.
- Cilantro- Choosing a fresh bunch of cilantro is the perfect selection for enhancing the flavors in this recipe.
ADD IN FOR KACHUMBER
- Green pepper- This will increase the spicy level by a lot. My aunt adds green pepper to her kachumber recipe.
- Black Chickpeas- Some people including my mom add black chickpeas.
- Red chili flakes- Incorporate a touch of red chili flakes to infuse this recipe with a tantalizing spice kick.
HOW TO MAKE KACHUMBER?
Add veggies to a bowl.
Now add lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro.
WHICH RECIPES TO SERVE KACHUMBER WITH?
While Kachumber complements a wide range of Pakistani recipes, here are a few delectable suggestions that cordinates particularly well with it.
- Keema, Aloo Keema, Shimla Mirch Keema, and Achari Keema
- Moong Masoor Dal, Whole Masoor Dal, and Mash Ki Dal
- Beef Pulao, Mutton Pulao, Matar Pulao, and Chicken Pulao
- Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani, and Beef Biryani
- Chukandar Gosht, Aloo Gosht, and Arvi Gosht
- Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka, and Malai Chicken
- Seekh Kababs, Chapli Kabab, Bihari Kababs, and Shami Kabab.
Let's Make Kachumber!!!
Fresh Kachumber Salad with Cilantro
- 1 onion diced
- 2 tomato diced
- ½ cucumber diced
- ½ cilantro finely chopped
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- salt as needed
- pepper as needed
- Add everything in a bowl, mix well, and enjoy!