Kosambri is a South Indian carrot salad made with soaked lentils, coconut, lemon and fried spices. This is a classic home recipe from Bangalore. Rarely, have I come across it in restaurants so you are going to have to make it if you want to try it! It is really colorful and refreshing and I love to take it to picnics.


Carrot 1 Medium , grated
Cucumber 1 Medium , grated
Tomato 1 Medium , diced
Coconut 2 Tablespoon , grated
Lentils 2 Tablespoon , soaked (moong dal)
Cooking oil 1/2 Tablespoon (For frying spices)
Mustard seeds 1 Teaspoon (For frying spices)
Chili pepper 1 Medium , dried (For frying spices)
Asafoetida 1 Pinch (For frying spices)
Curry leaves 4 Medium (only leaf, For frying spices)
Lemon juice 2 Tablespoon (For frying spices)
Cilantro 2 Tablespoon , chopped (For frying spices)



1) Take a bowl, and add carrot, cucumber, tomato, coconut, lentils and mix it.

2) To fry spices, heat oil in small wok and add mustard seeds. Let it splatter.

3) Add asafeotida and dry red chili and curry leaves.

4) Pour this into the salad and mix it well.

5) Season it with lemon juice, cilantro and salt.

6) Mix it well.


7) Kosambri can be served as a side dish.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 99Calories from Fat 43

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7.7%

Saturated Fat 2 g10%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 19 mg0.79%

Total Carbohydrates 12 g4%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 3 g

Protein 3 g6%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet