Indian Carrot-Peanut salad

Indian Carrot Peanut Salad

Indian Carrot-Peanut salad

This is an entry for Gabriella's Summer Saladsevent

Traditionally, Indian salads are made with vegetables like carrots, cucumber, onions, tomatoes. They are either mixed in yogurt to make a raita or simply cut fine / grated with a simple seasoning. The concept of 'dressing' isn't really a part of Indian salads, which makes it much lighter and healthier

Indian Carrot-Peanut Salad

Putting it together

2 Medium carrots-washed, scraped and grated

2 Tbsp roasted and coarsely powdered peanuts

1 tsp finely chopped fresh cilantro / coriander

Juice of half a lime

1 green chilli / jalapeno finely chopped or a pinch of chilli flakes

Salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients together and serve immediately

You can serve this salad as an accompaniment to kebabs, grilled fish or chicken. It's light and flavourful, sweet, sour and a little spicy from the chilli

Note:

There can be many variations to this salad

You can use the following instead of carrots:

-Raw papaya

-Cucumber

You can use any roasted and coarsely powdered nuts instead of peanuts too

Traditionally there would be a tempering with some mustard seeds in a little oil which is put on top of the salad, but I have avoided that. You can also garnish with a bit of fresh grated coconut

Check out another traditional Indian salad-Minty Cucumber raita

Tags: Salad, Indian salad, Carrot, summer salads

(c) Nandita Iyer 2006-2015

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