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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Kosambari- festival prasada,healthy salad!

Salad made with soaked  yellow moong dal,cucumber,coconut and tempering.Usually offered to God,had as a part of meal in weddings ,festivals & special occoasions in south indian homes.

Kosambari has lots of memories attached, part of full course meal in any kannadigas wedding,festival food is never complete without kosambari.As a child,i used to get ready with new dress in the festival evenings call my neighbour aunties and serve this!Everybody must be having these sweet memories rite? Its  Festival season & common lets do this with our kids n recollect those sweet memories:-)

Varamahalaksmi festival  around the corner and this will be perfect Prasad for evening and for your part of lunch.

1/2 cup moong dal soaked
1 cup finely chopped cucumber(peel the skin)
1/4 cup fresh/frozen grated coconut
1 tspn lemon juice
salt to taste

1 Tbspn oil
1/2 tspn mustard seeds
1/4 tspn hing(if its strong use less)
2 string chopped curry leaves.
2 Tbspn chopped cilantro
2 greenchillies finely chopped

Heat oil in pan,add mustard seeds allow it to pop,add hing,greenchillies.Then cilantro and curry leaves atlast ,fry for few seconds.

1)Lets combine soaked split yellow moong dal(hesaru bele in kannada),cumcumber,coconut.
2)Add the prepared tempering,lemon juice,salt
3)Mix well
4)Enjoy kosambari with your family and friends.You can serve on banana leaf or jackfruit leaf for a traditional feel

1)Add salt when you are about to serve otherwise kosambari will leave a lot of water.Add it initially if you are like me as I love that water portion in kosambari
2)I usually add 1/2 or 3/4 cup coconut as I like that way.Try it if u like coconut.
3)You can make this with variations like replacing cucumber with grated carrot or with moong dal alone.I even add 2 tbspn grated raw mongo. Be creative n try your variation and let me know!:-)


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