carrot sambharo… a simple gujarati carrot salad recipe.
so apart from the simplicity of this dish what is the difference between this and other carrot salads? more so when there umpteen carrot salad recipes……
the difference is in the way, the salad is made and its taste and flavors. this is a stir fried salad where the carrots are sauted with mustard and green chilies. green chilies add some heat and spice to the salad. the flavors of fried mustard seeds also enhances the taste.
the plus point of this recipe is the crunchiness of the carrots. they are cooked but not completely. and this is what gives a lot of texture and bite in the dish.
this is a warm carrot salad that is often served as an accompaniment with main meals and even with snacks like dhokla, fafda and besan papdi (my international readers, please excuse. apart from dhokla, i don’t know how to translate fafda and besan papdi). i make this salad with cabbage as well. also can be made with raw papaya.
remembering the times when a gujarati mithai shop a few kms from our home in mumbai, would serve fafdas and papaya sambharo. so in the mornings when we would go for walks, most of the times i would pick up the fafdas and piping hot jalebis for morning breakfast.
now after burning calories walking so much, i need some energy to burn the calories for the next day . munching the fafdas with the papaya sambharo was always a treat for me. then having jalebi and some ginger chai… wah wah. i miss those days.
sambharo can also be had as an accompaniment with dhokla too. usually i make sambharo and serve with rice-dal or sometimes pulao. you can also make sambharo with both cabbage and carrots. even green bell pepper can be added if you prefer. i avoid adding green bell pepper as i have picky eaters at home.
when making the sambharo with carrots or cabbage, i usually grate the carrots and shred the cabbage finely. it takes less time to cook them. we like prefer this way. however, you can finely chop the carrots or cabbage.
we all know carrots are rich in vitamin A. so this recipe is a good way to include carrots in your diet apart from the various excellent recipes we make with them. a few of them on the blog…carrot halwa or carrot tomato soup or beetroot carrot raita. yes… less carrot recipes, since i always add them to pulaos, salads or juice them.
carrot sambharo or gujarati carrot salad recipe below:
- 4 medium carrots, rinsed, peeled and grated
- ¾ or 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp sesame seeds (optional)
- 2 to 3 tsp oil
- 1 green chili, chopped
- a generous pinch of turmeric powder
- a pinch of asafoetida
- few drops of lemon juice or as required
- salt as required
- heat oil.
- splutter the mustard.
- add the sesame seeds and fry for some seconds.
- add the chopped green chili and fry for few seconds.
- spinkle the turmeric powder & asafoetida and stir.
- now add the grated carrots.
- season with salt.
- stir and saute for 3-4 minutes on a low flame.
- the carrots should have crunch and crispiness in them and not be cooked completely.