Kosambari/ Carrot salad


Kosambari is like a salad,usually made with carrots or cucumbers.I like to call this as ‘Indian Salad’. It is served in temples as ‘prasada’. At my mom’s house during any festival this is a must side dish to go along rice and rasam. 

Last year I was In India during ‘Shravana Maasa’ its the begining of festival season. During this month every tuesday for 5 weeks  my mom used to make these kind of kosambari for pooja. So today being one of the tuesday I too made this for lunch.   

Here is how I made..

Split moong dal      1/4 (cup soaked in water for 1/2 hour)

Carrot      1 peeled and grated

Coconut     fresh 2 tsp (unfortunately I don’t  get fresh ones, so i used dried)

Cliantro    few chopped

Lemon/lime juice 1tsp.

Salt  to taste.

For seasoning

Oil, mustard, urad dal and red or green chillies 1.



  • Soak split yellow/moongdal for about half hour. Then drain the water and mix veggies.
  • Mix together soaked dal, grated carrot , coconut, cilantro leaves, lime juice.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Heat oil, when its hot add mustard seeds,urad dal and chilis to it. When urad dal starts to change colour turn off heat and this seasoning to veggies. Mix well.


Kosambari good to eat as such or as a side dish. For me this is the best salad of all.


22 Responses to “Kosambari/ Carrot salad”

  1. Latha Says:

    Hi Madhu,

    Yummy looking Kosambri! I love the authenticity of your Karnataka Recipes 🙂

    Your beetroot curry looks delicious. Beets are on my grocery list for this weekend. Will let you know how the curry turns out!


    Hey thanks Latha, I would love try different dishes usuing beets….Let me know how u like it.

  2. Archana Says:

    This one truly is an Indian salad, nice photos!!!! Thank you for the recipe

    Thanks Archana…

  3. Lera Says:

    Carrot salad looks so appetizing….:)

    Thanks Lera

  4. Krithika Says:

    I agree with you. This is the best salad of all. When I make this it is always my main dish 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Thanks Kritika…

  5. shilpa Says:

    Madhu, one of my frnd’s grandmom used to make this kosambari for all the festivals. I loved it. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

    Thanks Shilpa, even in at my mom’s house, Cucumber or carrot kosambri is a must during festivals.

  6. Madhuli Says:

    Hi Madhu.That’s one of my favourite recipes too!!Great blog there.

    Thanks Madhuli, these kinds of salads are always the best.

  7. Puspha Says:

    This looks absolutely lovely. Thanx a lot for sharing.

    Thank you Pushpa….

  8. Tanuja Says:

    Hi Madhu,

    Nice to see my fav kosambari ,I prepare this atleast once in a week,Ur presentaion is cool.

    One a week……. that’s nice. Thanks Tanuja.

  9. Vaishali Says:

    Hey Madhu,
    I too have blogged about this Kosumbari on my blog (although back in April). Please check it out sometime.


    Yours looks great.

    Thanks Vaishali, I did check the link and yours is more flavourful with pepper and curry leaves.

  10. RP Says:

    Nice photo! Looks yummy too.

    Thanks RP

  11. vineela Says:

    hi Madhu,
    yummy and very healthy.
    We will do this for “Sri Rama Navami ” and called as “vadapappu”
    Good for summer.
    Beautiful pictures

    Healthy indeed……We make this for every festival vineela. For Rama navami kosambari and panaka are a must. Thanks for letting me know the other name.

  12. shanta Says:

    Kosambari is my all time fav, I always make it with BBB, thanks for sharing all these authentic Kannada recipes, Madhu! Great blog!
    Do share some saaru recipes too.

    Thank you Shanta for your nice words. Kosambari are the best anytime of the day. Will do some saaru recipes later in some post.

  13. menutoday Says:

    Pic looks yummy!!! Thanx for sharing.

    Thank you Menutoday.

  14. Veena Says:

    Awesome Picture.. baayalli neerooride !
    Came here from Kosumbari blog.. Nice thought of having these ruchi blog 🙂

  15. kusublakki Says:

    Thanks a lot for this recipe! Its one my favs…lovely pictures too!

  16. Samantha Mathews Says:

    Wow..looks amazing. Truly yummy!I have a cooking recipe site as well and Id like to exchange links with you. Let me know if this is possible. Thanks.

  17. Swati Says:

    I think we used to also add some hing in the seasoning to add flavour. Also before just serving we also toss in finely chopped cucumber.

  18. pavitra Says:

    thank you i had got a best side dish for my cooking event for fest!!!

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