Carrot Koshimbir/ Carrot salad

Koshimbir is the word in Konkani [as well as Marathi] which means salad prepared from veggies. Here I have used carrots to make the salad. You may replace carrots with either of these veggies - beetroot, cucumber, radish. An easy dish tempered with few ingredients, it can be prepared in very less time [except for the veggie grating part]. Serves as an accompaniment to main meals or you can just snack on a bowl of this vibrant salad in between your meals.


4 cups grated carrots
1/4 cup soaked yellow moong dal 
2-3 tbsp grated coconut
1-2 green chilli, finely chopped
Finely chopped coriander leaves
Juice of one lemon
Salt to taste [ to be added just before serving the salad]

To season
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
Few curry leaves
1 red chilli, small one
1/4 tsp of asafoetida


Wash dal properly and soak it for 1 hour. Drain the water and keep it aside in a big bowl. Wash, peel and grate carrots. Add it to soaked dal in the same bowl. Next add finely chopped green chilies, grated coconut, coriander leaves and lemon juice.

Heat coconut oil in small pan. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter, next add red chili, curry leaves, asafoetida and pour this over the salad mixture in the bowl. Add salt just before the serving and mix well.

My family at home prefer to eat cooked moong dal in this salad, so for them I soak the dal in hot water and cover the vessel with lid. This way the dals turn soft. Prepare it just half an hour before serving. Remember to add salt just before the serving


  1. Hi Aparna,
    This looks absolutely fantastic! I had to Google moong dal, but now I know it's yellow lentils! Thanks for this beautiful recipe.

  2. Welcome Linda,, thnks for ur feedback,,that hints me that I shud create a page with glossary for ingredients -local language as well as in English