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Cucumber Kosmalli (Seasoned Cucumber and Lentil Salad

Posted Sep 15 2009 4:47pm

Printable version here.

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the story of Rip Van Winkle, who after sleeping for 20 years woke up to find that the world had gone by!
Right now, I’m feeling a little like him. I’ve been away from my blog for just over a month and it seems like I’ve been away for ages. More than that, I seem to be in a situation where I feel I should be back at my blog but somehow am not able to get down to it!
I have quite a few “drafts” waiting to see the light of day as “posts”. So I have decided I should post some of them now and reduce the size of my drafts folder. This salad is the beginning. Hopefully, this exercise should also help me get out of my inertia and back to my former “bloggy self”.

This Cucumber Kosmalli is a great salad especially in summer. I understand it is served as a part of wedding lunches in certain parts of India. I find it a very nice accompaniment to a typical South Indian lunch or even just plain “thayir chadam” (yogurt rice).
Kosmalli can be made with grated carrots instead of cucumber. This is another tasty salad.


1 large or 2 small cucumbers
½ cup green gram (moong) dal
2 tbsp fresh grated coconut
2 tsp lemon juice
salt to tase
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
a pinch asafetida
1 or 2 green chillies, chopped
1 sprig curry leaves


Soak the dal in water for an hour. Drain and keep aside.
Peel and chop the cucumber into small pieces. Mix the cucumber, dal, coconut, green chillies, salt and lemon juice.
Heat the oil, splutter the mustard seeds and then add cumin seeds, asafetida and curry leaves. Add to the salad, mix well and serve.
Serves about 4.
The salad can be partially prepared in advance and chilled. Add the salt and the tempering just when you are ready to serve it.
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