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Gajar Koshimbir / Carrot Salad

Gajar Koshimbir
Last few days, we have been relishing high calorie festival goodies.  Next couple days, we'll be having simple, light meals.  Koshimbir or Raita - an Indian yogurt salad is a light and flavorful side dish made of veggies like tomato, Cucumber, beetroot, carrots and onions.  For today, we are having Carrot Curd Salad with Tadka Dal, Rice and Stir Fried Green Beans.

Ingredients:
Carrots/Gajar (grated) - about 2 cups
Yogurt/Curd/Dahi - 1/2 cup
Roasted Peanut/Shenga Powder - 2 tbsp
Black Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
Chat Masala - 1/4 tsp
Cilantro/Coriander/Kothimbir Leaves - few sprigs
Salt

How to prepare Gajarachi Koshimbir:
  • Peel and grate the carrots.  Finely chop cilantro leaves.  You can use finely chopped green chillies/Jalapeno pepper, instead of black pepper.
  • In a mixing bowl, add carrots, yogurt, peanut powder, fresh ground black pepper, chat masala, cilantro and salt to taste.  Easy Carrot Salad is ready.
  • Traditionally, chat masala is not added to koshimbir.  I personally like the flavor of chat masala.  No hard and fast rule about the proportion of ingredients here.  Add more yogurt if you like more dressing for your salad or more peanuts for a crunch.  Along with peanuts, you can also add roasted dalia/Phutane powder as well.
  • This Koshimbir is also made using lemon juice instead of yogurt, which would be perfect for vegans.
Vegan Carrot Salad
Serve Carrot Yogurt Salad as a side dish with rice.

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