Sautekayi Kosambri | Cucumber Koshambari

Kosambri is a south Indian salad that is a must for any festival or function in Karnataka. I think our ancestors intended for us to eat healthy by mandating a salad amidst all that festival fanfare. It is usually The recipe posted below is of the version I have grown up eating . It was my favorite in the entire habbada oota (festival food) and if there were any leftovers, the whole family knew who could be counted on to finish it :D.  These days you get various types of kosambri. There is one with grated carrot that tastes nice and the latest I have seen is with American sweet corn. It is either made with split moong dal or split chana dal. Personally I have always preferred moong dal. So the recipe below is for cucumber and moong dal kosambri....

Sautekayi Kosambri | Cucumber Koshambari

A traditional South Indian salad consisting of lentils and cucumber

Recipe Type:  Salad
Cuisine:          South Indian
Prep Time:     2 Hours (includes lentil soaking time)
Cook time:     10 minutes
Yield:              3-4 servings


½ cup Moong dal
1 Cucumber
1-2 Green Chillies
A handful Coriander
1 Tbsp desiccated fresh Coconut
2 tsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
5-6 Curry leaves
1 Tbsp Lime juice


  • Soak the moong dal in water for about 2-3 hours
  • Drain the water and keep the moong dal aside
  • Chop the cucumber finely and add to the moong dal
  • Add lime juice and salt as per taste
  • Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds to it
  • After the mustard seeds splutter, add curry leaves and slit green chillies and pour this tempering on the kosambri
  • Add the desiccated coconut and finely chopped coriander leaves and mix well

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