Sunday, June 28, 2020

KHAMANG KAKDI / MAHARASHTRIAN CUCUMBER SALAD



Khamang kakdi is a Cucumber salad from Maharashtra. It is quick to make and so delicious with all the ingredients that go into it. The flavour of coriander leaves, the crunchiness of the roasted peanuts, spiciness from the green chillies, sweetness from the sugar, tanginess from the lemon and finally the tempering of whole spices make this salad so delectable.

Ingredients:
Cucumbers ...........2
Grated coconut .... 4 tbsps
Coriander leaves ... 3 tbsps
Green chillies ....... 1 or 2
Lemon juice ........ 1 tsp
Roasted and crushed peanuts ... 2-3 tbsps
Salt ............ to taste
Sugar or honey ........ 1 tsp

Tempering:
Cumin seeds ... 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds .. 1/2 tsp (optional)
Curry leaves .. few
Oil or ghee ..... 1 tsp

Method:
1. Dry roast the peanuts and crush them in a pestle and mortar after removing the skin.
2. Peel the cucumbers and cut them into very tiny pieces.
3. Cut the coriander and green chillies also very finely.
4. In a bowl mix the ingredients from the first list. The quantity can be adjusted to your liking.
5. Heat oil in a small pan. Add the tempering ingredients.
6. When they crackle mix them into the salad.
7. Serve immediately.

Note:
1. For best results do the mixing part just before serving because salt leaves water and also the peanuts loose the crunchiness.
2. You can substitute the sugar with honey.
3. Add more green chillies if  you like it spicier.


This salad is part of the  "Shhhhh Cooking Secretly"  challenge where a group of bloggers are paired with a different partner each month. They choose two secret ingredients from the chosen theme and we have to prepare the dish using them.
 The theme for this month is - Summer Salads suggested by Kalyani Shri of  Sizzling Tastebuds
I am paired with Mayuri Patel who blogs at Mayuri's Jikoni . Do visit her blog and check out her lovely recipe collection
 Mayuri gave me the two secret ingredients - Peanuts and Green Chillies. Using these I made the above spicy salad from Maharashtra.

15 comments:

  1. This is such a lovely refreshing salad, especially love that it has a tadka... must try some day...

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    1. This salad is really very tasty. Thanks

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  2. I love Khamang Kakdi. Delicious, Refreshing salad that is so easy to make. :) Lovely recipe!

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  3. What a wonderful way to enjoy cucumber with a bit of desi tadka, coconut and peanuts. Perfect accompaniment to an Indian meal or even to enjoy it on its own as a healthy snack.

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  4. Love this very traditional Indian salad . I make this quite often for our meals at home and the crunchy peanuts are my weakness always.. :-)

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    1. Yes Priya.. I love them too.The roasted flavour is amazing

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  5. Khamang Khakdi is one of my favourite salads. I love the crunchiness of peanuts in it.

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  6. Being a Maharashtrian, khamang kakdi is on our tables often. It is such a flavorful treat with peanuts adding to the protein content.

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    1. Poonam, it has become a regular feature in our house too.

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  7. This delicious salad is a constant in my place. We never seem to have enough of it. Looks delicious

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  8. Refreshing and delicious salad, addition of peanuts will enhance the flavours for sure.

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