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Chopped Kachumber salad
Copyright © 2023 by Eva Kolenko.

This Chopped Kachumber Salad Is Delightful for Summer


Rhinebeck resident Maya Kaimal—who whips up curries, simmer sauces, and dals for her popular Indian brand Maya Kaimal Foods—has a new cookbook: Indian Flavor Every Day. It hit the shelves this spring and features delicious, easy-to-make recipes.

Chopped Kachumber Salad
Copyright © 2023 by Eva Kolenko.
Indian Flavor Every Day
Indian Flavor Every Day Copyright © 2023 by Maya Kaimal. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House.

Chopped Kachumber Salad

Recipe by Maya KaimalCuisine: Indian


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  • Salad
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped into ½-inch dice (2 cups)

  • 1 seedless cucumber, chopped into ½-inch dice (2 cups)

  • Fine sea salt

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped into ¼-inch dice (1 cup)

  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • ½ tsp sugar

  • To Finish
  • ½ tsp chaat masala, plus extra for sprinkling (see Tip)

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems, plus extra for garnish


  • Prepare the salad: Place the chopped tomato and cucumber in a colander set in the sink. Sprinkle lightly with fine sea salt and allow to drain.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the red onion, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, and the sugar and macerate for about 10 minutes.
  • To finish: Just before serving, combine the tomatoes and cucumbers with the onion. Add the chaat masala and cilantro and mix very well—hands work best for this part. Serve immediately, garnished with extra cilantro and with a side of extra chaat masala for sprinkling.

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