Basic Kachumber (Onion Salad)

Basic Kachumber (Onion Salad)

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Have I mentioned that I love onions? More specifically, I love Kachumber.

It's the perfect Indian salad and Kachumber adds a touch of freshness and zing to heavier Indian gravies. In the weeks (okay, days!) where I've tried to give up eating rice I'd often have a bowl of Kachumber salad topped with whatever curry/gravy/vegetable was for dinner. 

As a child, dad always had to force me to have some of this 'kachumber' salad. It was that or the slices of boiled beetroot! Kachumber can be a bit of an acquired taste but once you  have acquired it, it’s like an addiction.

So, ofcourse it would be my luck that once I became a Bawi Bride onion was practically banned in my marital household. Why? Well the father-in-law is not a fan so the whole family basically never had any Kachumber.

This all changed once I joined the family. I distinctly remember telling the Mr., “Don’t ask me to give up my Kachumbar. If I can move countries for you, the least I should get in return is permission to eat Kachumbar whenever I get the urge.”

It does mean that I am now the official Kachumbar lady, but it is a small price to pay.

2 large red onions
1 large Roma tomato
Handful of coriander finely chopped
1/2 tsp of salt
2-3 lemon slices


  • Slice the onions thinly. I have a theory that chopped onion rather than sliced onion tastes different so humour me.
  • Chop the tomato and coriander.
  • Once everything is chopped, I suggest you ditch the salad spoon and give all the ingredients a good mix with your hands so that all the yummy onion and salt essence is equally distributed.
  • Garnish with the lemon.

There are several different additions you can make in this kachubar so if you get tired of the same taste, try adding these:

  1. Chopped cucumber to cool-off the salad – works best with Dhansak
  2. Chopped beetroot to make the kachubar red – works best with Red Curry Rice
  3. Yoghurt  – this works best with Masoor
  4. Vinegar – I haven’t tried this honestly but my dad has and it adds that kick of sourness

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