Have I mentioned that I love onions?
This wasn’t always the case. In fact as a child, dad always had to force me to have some of this ‘kachumbar salad’ as we bawas loosely term it (or we would have to face the fact that we rarely eat any veggies) with my sunday Dhansak lunch. It can be a bit of an acquired taste but once you have acquired it, it’s like an addiction. Now, for me no meal (except Dhandar) is truly complete without some kachumbar.
And, it truly is a brilliant salad. Be it Dhansak, Masoor, Amti ni Dar or any type of curry, the Kachumbar just compliments the taste of the gravy and gives it the perfect zing to liven up your pallette. So, ofcourse it would be my luck that once I became a Bawi Bride onion was practically banned in my marital household. Why? Well the father-in-law is not a fan so the whole family basically never had any Kachumbar.
This all changed once I joined the family in November last year. I distinctly remember telling the Mr., “Don’t ask me to give up my Kachumbar. If I can move countries for you, the least I should get in return is permission to eat Kachumbar whenever I get the urge.”
It does mean that I am now the official Kachumbar lady, but it is a small price to pay.
To make enough for 3, you will need 2 large Red Onions (sliced thinly lengthwise – I have a theory that chopped onion rather than sliced onion tastes different so humour me); 1 large tomato (chopped); a handful of coriander finely chopped; a generous tsp of salt and Lemon slices as a garnish. Once everything is chopped, I suggest you ditch the salad spoon and give all the ingredients a good mix with your hands so that all the yummy onion and salt essence is equally distributed.
*There are several different additions you can make in this kachubar so if you get tired of the same taste, try adding these:
- Chopped cucumber to cool-off the salad - works best with Dhansak
- Chopped beetroot to make the kachubar red - works best with Red Curry Rice
- Yoghurt - this works best with Masoor
- Vinegar – I haven’t tried this honestly but my dad has and it adds that kick of sourness
For all my Bawi Brides, if you have a different version that gets made at your place or something interesting you remember your grannies adding to this Bawa favourite, do share!