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Salad South Indian Style


1 carrot, peeled and julienne
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
1 tomato, diced
1 green chilli (chilli pepper), minced
1 small bunch of cilantro, coriander leaves minced salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons lemon/lime juice For Salad Dressing
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
1 teaspoon black gram dal (washed urad dal), picked over and rinsed
1 red chilli (chilli pepper), halved
1/2 teaspoon asafoetida powder
a few curry leaves (optional)


Add the first 7 ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Set aside. Making the salad dressing: Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a heavy pan or skillet. Add the mustard seeds, black gram dal, halved red chilli, asafoetida, and a few curry leaves. When the mustard seeds splutter, add this mixture to the vegetables. Now add the lemon juice, and mix thoroughly. Serve at room temperature.

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