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How to make Kachumber Salad 

Kachumber salad is a fresh vegetable salad made with onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. Enjoy it with daal chawal, curries, or just on its own.  

Kachumber salad is a fresh vegetable salad made with onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. Enjoy it with daal chawal, curries, or just on its own.  

We don’t eat a lot of  salads in Pakistani curries. If a salad is served, it is usually raw – sliced tomatoes or cucumbers, maybe some turnip sprinkled with salt, black pepper or some vinegar and lemon juice. 

The one salad that is common in Pakistan is the kachumber salad. It’s super quick to make – just dice up some tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. Toss them together in salt and vinegar. Serve it on the side with aloo kebab, a chicken ka salan, even just plain daal chawal and it just elevates the meal to something special. 

Tips on making a good kachumber salad 

  1. Cut the tomatoes, cucumbers and onions (or whatever vegetables you are using) the same size.  
  2. Let the salad sit for at least 15 minutes after adding the lemon juice / vinegar. This lets the flavours meld together, and the vinegar also pickles the onion reducing their somewhat strong flavour.

Do you make kachumber salad in your home? What do you serve it with?

Some recipes that you can enjoy with the kachumber salad are:

  1. Kaali daal or khari masoor ki daal

  2. Pakistani Karahi Chicken

  3. Daal and Aloo Bun Kebab

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Kachumber salad

Kachumber salad is a fresh vegetable salad made with onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. Enjoy it with daal chawal, curries, or just on its own.  

Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • ½ cucumber diced
  • 1 green chili diced (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coriander chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Salt to taste (about 1 teaspoon)

Instructions

  1. Place the finely diced onion, tomato and cucumber in a bowl. Add green chili and coriander.
  2. Add salt and vinegar / lemon juice.
  3. Mix and let the kachumber salad sit for at least 10 - 15 minutes.
  4. Serve.

Kachumber salad is a fresh vegetable salad made with onions, tomatoes and cucumbers. Enjoy it with daal chawal, curries, or just on its own.  

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