Updated: May 4
This Gujarati dish originates from the state of Maharashtra.
Did you know that until 1960 states of Gujarat and Maharashtra were part of one bilingual state - Bombay state?
In 1956, the movement known as MahaGujarat Andolan started that eventually led to a separate state of Gujarat for all Gujarati speaking folks. There are many families in Maharashtra who are Gujarati and are fluent in both languages and vice versa for the Marathi families living in Gujarat.
Our foods also overlapped and so we share many similar recipes. The original name for this dish in Marathi is Khamang Kakdi also called Kakdi chi Koshimbir. Which when you break it down would be Kakdi nu kachoombar in Gujarati.
What is salad called in Gujarati? No its not SALAAAAD it is called Kachoombar.
Recipe by Milk and Cardamom
2 cups cucumber, diced
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
2 tbsp coconut powder or finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
Black salt or regular salt to taste
Mix well and refrigerate
In a small saucepan -- add the following
1 tbsp vegetable oil.
When the oil is hot, add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and hing (asafoetida)
When the mustard seeds pop, add 7-9 curry leaves and sauté for 30 seconds
Pour the oil mixture over the cucumbers and mix well
Serve right away and enjoy!!