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Kachumber – Indian Salad with Cucumber, Onions an Tomatoes

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Kachumber salad is the perfect side salad for a curry.

Kachumber salad is a traditional Indian salad that’s simple to prepare and is known for its fresh and crisp flavors.

It’s a popular side dish in Indian cuisine and can be found in various regional variations. The salad typically consists of finely chopped fresh vegetables and sometimes fruits, tossed with a mixture of spices and seasonings. What I have for you here is my favourite recipe for kachumber salad.

Kachumber Salad

Kachumber – Quick, easy and a great side dish for your next curry evening.


What are the key ingredients for kachumber salad?

Cucumbers: Cucumbers, which are often the central ingredient and lend their name to the salad. They are typically peeled and finely chopped.

Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes, also finely chopped, provide a juicy and slightly sweet contrast to the cucumbers.

Onions: Red or white onions are commonly used and are finely sliced or chopped, depending on personal preference.

Green Chilies: To add some heat, green chilies, such as serrano peppers, are finely chopped. The amount used can be adjusted according to spice tolerance.

Freshc Coriander (cilantro): Fresh cilantro leaves are used for their herbaceous flavor and vibrant green color. They are finely chopped and mixed into the salad.

Spices and Seasonings: The salad is typically seasoned with a mixture of spices and seasonings, which may include roasted cumin powder, chaat masala, salt, and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice.

Optional Ingredients: Depending on the regional variation and personal preference, other ingredients like bell peppers, radishes, or fruits like mangoes can be added for variety.

Make this kachumber salad recipe your own.

Like most Indian salad recipes, it is a very good idea to taste as you go. We all have different taste preferences so tasting along the way will make sure your kachumber is the best it can be.

Feel free to adjust the recipe as you please.

Also, Kachumber salads are served in many different ways. You can adjust the size of the cut vegetables to your liking. Photographed is my preference.

If you’re looking for delicious Indian salad ideas, you might like to try some of these…

Sprouted Moong Salad
Indian potato salad
Summer Chickpea Salad
Avocado and Tomato Salad
Tomato, Yoghurt and Chilli Salad

Making kachumber salad

Simply cut your veggies into small cubes.

Kachumber Salad

Works nice as a garnish too.

Yield: 4

Kachumber Salad

Kachumber Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 red onion – cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 cucumber – cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 – 2 tomatoes – cut into tiny cubes
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped coriander
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Mix your chopped red onion, cucumber and tomatoes together in a large bowl.
  2. Pour in the oil, lemon juice, chopped coriander, cumin seeds and salt and pepper taste. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving.

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