Apr 12, 2012

Carrot & Raw Moong Daal Salad (Carrot Kosumalli)

Wishing all my Tamil readers a wonderful and happy Tamil New Year! Make this a year to remember. Make this a year of wonderful events which will make even more wonderful memories once the year is done. Make this year a healthy one. That's the only happiness that lasts even when you don't realize sometimes that it is happiness. Only someone that was recently sick with the flu will have the inspiration to talk all this. So please excuse the generous free advice.

Here's a simple classic traditional raw salad that I want to share with you. This is a basic salad that I make so often while cooking a traditional meal. But never really thought to blog about it before. However, I realized all beauty must be shared no matter how simple or basic. Presenting to you - Carrot Kosumalli.

Here's another traditional Tamil New Year's dish - Manga Pachadi. Please click here for the recipe. The festive food is incomplete without this beauty on new year's day. 

And here's usually how a Tamil New Year's feast looks. Enjoy yours and have a gastronomically blessed day.

Coming back to the salad, here's how simple this can be mixed up.

Grate carrots and set aside.

Wash and soak about 1/2 cup of yellow moong daal for about 1 hr.

And now on to mix the salad.

Mix the carrots and the soaked moong. (of course without the water)

Add finely chopped green chilli.

In a small tadka pan, add a tsp of oil and do a tadka of the following ingredients -

-1 tsp mustard seeds
-1 pinch asofoetida
- few curry leaves
- 1/2 tsp urad daal or gota

Mix all the above to the carrots and moong.

Next up, add finely chopped or scraped fresh coconut. I hear you asking - and yes, frozen will work too.

Add salt to taste and mix well.  If you are the tangy type, add a few drops of lemon juice if you'd like.

And that's pretty much it. I told you it was simple. But this is just absolutely tantalizing good. Try it and I'm sure you'll love it.

Iniya Puthandu Nal Vaazthukkal

Enjoy! Peace Out!


  1. Happy new year wishes, kosumalli looks fabulous..

  2. refreshing ones.. & happy new yr to u too

  3. The traditional thali looks scrumptious! The carrot salad is a refreshing option to the boring salads i carry everyday to work.. and the manga pachadi looks tempting!


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