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Kachumber is a great Indian tomato, cucumber and onion salad.
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kachumber - indian tomato and cucumber salad

Kachumber is a great salad waiting to be discovered. It makes a great accompaniment to an Indian meal but it's great just on it's own or mixed with a bit of quinoa.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: indian tomato and cucumber salad, kachumber, kachumber salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 47kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


The salad

  • 1/2 white onion - coarsely diced
  • 3-4 tomatoes - diced
  • 1/2 large cucumber - diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves - minced
  • 2 Tbsp mint - minced

The dressing

  • 1/4 tsp kashmiri mild chili powder - or a pinch of cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 2 green finger hot chilies - or 1/2 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice - about 1/3 of a lemon
  • salt to taste


The dressing

  • Combine the chili powder, cumin, minced chilies, oil and lemon juice.

The salad

  • Run the chopped white onion under cold running water for about 10 seconds. This mellows out the bite of the onion. A mesh strainer works well.
  • Add about 3/4 tsp of salt to the tomatoes and place in the strainer over a bowl. Let stand for about 20 minutes to let liquid drain. Use these two tricks when you make salsa. It works.
  • Combine the onion, tomato and the rest of the ingredients together and toss with the dressing. Taste and adjust for salt.


Serving: 4servings | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg