Kosumbari in Kannada/Konkani are basically salads. These are dishes whose ingredients are raw and are seasoned with lemon juice, green chillies & salt.Cucumber Kosumbari is a relatively common one and is a nice combination of vegetable with a little protein hidden in it in the form of moong- bean lentil. It is quick and easy to make, healthy and tasty to eat.
Cucumber: 1 medium, peeled and finely diced.
Moong Dal(Moong- bean lentil): 1 tbsp
Green chilli: 1 small, finely chopped
Lemon juice: from one small lemon
Salt: to taste
Cilantro: 1 tbsp, chopped
Freshly grated coconut: 1 tbsp for garnishing.
Coconut Oil:1 tsp
Mustard seeds: 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves: 2-3 leaves
Hing( asofoetida): a pinch
Soak the moong-bean lentil for 30 mins in water. Drain and keep aside.
In a bowl mix together the moong-dal lentil, chopped cucumber, green chillies, salt, cilantro, lemon juice and freshly grated coconut.
Heat coconut oil in a small pan. Add the mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds splutter, switch off the flame, add the curry leaves and a pinch of hing( asofoetida). Add it to the bowl.
Keep it refrigerated until ready to be served.
Cooking made easy:
For those of us who don't have access to fresh curry leaves, here is a nice method to store large quantities of curry leaves for longer times. Wash and clean the leaves thoroughly and dry them in a single layer only until they are wilted ( not completely dry and brittle). Now store them in ziplock bags or in airtight container. Lasts for months together. I get my stock from India and it lasts for more than one year. You could use it just the way we regularly use. It becomes fresh when put in curries. You cannot tell the difference whether fresh or dried ones were used!
Tip for healthy living:
Studies have found a positive co-relation between gum disease and heart health. People who have gum disease are more prone to heart problems. Hence maintaining good oral hygiene is essential. This could be achieved by regular brushing, flossing and the use of antibacterial oral rinses. This should ideally be done after every meal.