Kosambari Recipe | Kosambari Salad | Moong Dal Salad

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India is not just about the regional variations of the same mithai (sweet) or dessert, sabzi or flatbreads, but also salads. From east to west and north to south, there are different types of salads in India, which are easy to make, packed with nutrition and our delicious too. One such version is the Kosambari/Koshambari or Kosambari Salad of South India. Interestingly, the same changes to a Koshimbir when in Maharashtra. This one is a Moong Dal Kosambari, that is a must try.

kosambari served in a earthen bowl with text layovers.

About Kosambari

Kosambari Salad is a South Indian tempered salad, typically from the state of Karnataka. It is primarily made with lentils or pulses with a tempering of basic South Indian spices and curry leaves. The 2 most common lentils used to make a Kosambari are split Bengal gram (chana dal) and split green gram (moong dal). This post particularly features the Kosambari made with Moong Dal.

Seasonal fruits like raw mango can also be added in a Kosambari Salad. Even veggies like carrots and cucumber can be added. One of the main highlights of this special South Indian style salad is also the addition of fresh coconut in it. This does bring in a different texture plus a certain earthiness to the dish.

Other ingredients may include green chilies for the spice factor, fresh coriander for the herby touch and lemon juice for the tang. Some people also like to add asafoetida in the tempering. However, the tempering bit can be skipped as well. This Moong Dal Salad does have all of this.

An authentic Kosambari is always quick to make, simple, fuss-free, yet is tasty, wholesome and a great way of adding some extra proteins in your diet or meals. While this salad perfectly goes with your main meals, you can even have it as a snack, just like it is had in South India.

More on Kosambari Recipe

This Moong Dal Kosambari is popular during many festivals and special occasions too. For instance, it can be served to Lord Rama during Ram Navami festivities.

Along with Kosambari, Panakam and Neer Mor (Majjige) is also usually served during this time. It is common during the festival of Ganesh or Vinayaka Chaturthi too. It is also made during the Gauri and Varalakshmi festivals.

The Moong Dal Salad is an amazingly refreshing, zingy and light salad, apt for any occasion, in addition to the above-mentioned festivals.

As I also mentioned earlier, it is awesome as an accompaniment with your lunch and dinner meals too. Since there’s a great deal of health too in this preparation, you can consume it as a guilt-free snack.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Kosambari

Make Kosambari

1. Firstly, rinse ¼ cup moong lentils a couple of times in water. Then, soak the lentils for 1 to 2 hours. If in a hurry, you can soak moong lentils in hot water for 30 minutes.

Ensure that the lentils are soaked well enough and are softened. You don’t want hard lentils in your salad!

soaking moong dal in water.

2. Later, drain all the water very well and add the moong lentils in a bowl.

soaked and drained moong dal added to a bowl.

3. Add 1.5 cups finely chopped cucumber, 3 tablespoons fresh grated coconut, 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves and 1 chopped green chili.

Instead of green chilies, you can use black pepper powder too.

finely chopped cucumber, fresh grated coconut, chopped coriander leaves and chopped green chili added to the moong dal in the bowl.

4. Squeeze some lemon juice in the bowl. You can add lemon juice less or more as per your requirements.

squeezing a slice of lemon into the bowl.

5. Mix everything very well.

ingredients mixed well with the moong dal.

Temper Kosambari

6. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a small pan. Add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and let it crackle. Keep the heat to low. You can also add dried red chili in the tempering.

mustard seeds added to hot oil in a pan for making tempering.

7. Once the mustard seeds crackle, add 5 to 6 curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida (hing). Stir and switch off the heat.

curry leaves and asafoetida added to crackling mustard seeds in hot oil.

8. Pour the tempering in the salad and mix very well. If making for family, you can refrigerate the salad for 30 minutes to 1 hour and then serve later.

Add salt before serving, as if added earlier, the cucumber releases water.

tempering added to the prepared salad.

9. Add salt as required. Mix very well and serve immediately.

Do not store the kosambari salad for many hours in the refrigerator. If you plan to have it cold, refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour without adding salt. For best taste, flavor and nutrition, try to eat the salad as soon as you make it.

adding salt to the salad.

10. If making for Ram Navami or any other religious festival, offer the Kosambari first to the God or Goddess. You can also make Moong Dal Kosambari Salad on regular days as a side dish with your meals.

kosambari served in a earthen bowl with text layovers.

Expert Tips

  1. If you do not have green chilies, you can even add black pepper powder in this Moong Dal Kosambari Salad.
  2. You can decide onto the quantity of lemon juice depending on how tangy you want your Kosambari to be.
  3. You can make the tempering with coconut oil too. You can even add dried red chilies in the tempering.
  4. Since this Moong Dal Kosambari has cucumber too in it, add the salt just before serving. If added earlier, the cucumber will release water.
  5. If you are preparing the Kosambari Salad for your family, you can refrigerate it and then serve later.

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Kosambari Recipe | Kosambari Salad | Moong Dal Salad

Kosambari is a simple and easy to assemble South Indian salad variant from the state of Karnataka. This tempered Moong Dal Salad, is made with moong lentils, cucumber, coconut, lemon juice, herbs with a tempering of basic South Indian spices and curry leaves.
4.94 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine Karnataka, South Indian
Course Side Dish
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

Main ingredients

  • ¼ cup moong dal
  • water as needed to soak moong dal
  • 1.5 cups finely chopped cucumber
  • 3 tablespoons grated coconut
  • 1 green chili – chopped or ½ teaspoon chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice or add as required
  • salt as required

For tempering

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves – chopped or kept whole

Instructions
 

Making kosambari salad

  • Firstly rinse the moong lentils a couple of times in water. Then soak the lentils for 1 to 2 hours. If in a hurry, then you can soak moong lentils in hot water for 30 minutes.
  • Later drain all the water very well and add the soaked moong lentils in a bowl.
  • Add finely chopped cucumber, fresh grated coconut, chopped coriander leaves and green chillies.
    Instead of green chilies, you can add a bit of black pepper powder.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice. You can add lemon juice less or more as per your requirements.
  • Mix everything very well.

For tempering kosambari

  • Heat oil in a small pan and then add mustard seeds. Let the mustard seeds crackle. Keep the heat to a low. You can also add 1 dried red chili in the tempering.
  • Once the mustard seeds crackle, add 5 to 6 curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida. Stir and then switch off the heat.
  • Pour the tempering mixture in the salad. Mix very well. If making for family, you can refrigerate the salad for about 30 minutes to 1 hour and then serve later.
    Add salt before serving as if added earlier, the cucumber releases water.
  • Add salt as required. Mix very well and serve straightaway.
  • Serve kosambari salad as a side salad with your meals.

Notes

  • Ensure that the moong lentils are soaked well. They should not be hard or have any hard bite to them. 
  • You could also use coconut oil for the tempering. 
  • Add lemon juice less or more depending on your taste preferences. 
  • You can scale this recipe to make a big batch. 
  • Do not store the salad for many hours in the refrigerator. Eat it as soon as you make or keep for about 30 minutes to 1 hour in the refrigerator without adding salt. 

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Kosambari Recipe | Kosambari Salad | Moong Dal Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 337mg15%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 122IU2%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 14mg70%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 4µg4%
Calcium 22mg2%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 155µg39%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 12mg3%
Phosphorus 22mg2%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Kosambari recipe post from the archives, first published on April 2017 has been republished and updated on November 2022.

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  1. In Maharashtra we make a similar koshimbir as you rightly hv mentioned with cucumber and peanuts , adding salt , sugar , fresh coriander. I don’t remover my Mom giving tadka to this, probably wanted to reduce the oil but my MIL gives tadka. Will try the Moong dal version too.5 stars

    1. yes anu. in maharashtra a similar koshimbir is made. we call it khamang kakdi. i also temper the koshimbir, but it entirely optional. i have already posted the recipe on website. this version of kosambaris tastes different due to the crunchiness coming from moong dal.