Here goes my first post of 2008!! My resolution for this year.... Can't call it a resolution 'coz I don't have any hard and fast rules and I am open to exceptions, :D .... anyway, I plan to follow a healthy diet that is low on calories. So, here is one such recipe that is low on calories and high on proteins.
Kosambari is a kind of salad that is a speciality of Karnataka. The basic ingredient is usually a dhal. And the rest of the ingredients like cucumber, carrots, coconut etc are added according to personal taste and preferences. Trend in Bengalooru nowadays is to add dry fruits like raisins and cashews, fresh grapes and pomegranate seeds. Kosambari is usually made during festivals/ weddings and other special occasions. At my place, I make it quite often... about 2-3 times a month. Naveen loves it so much that he could have a whole bowl of it within no time!!!! Some of the other Kosambari recipes on my blog are here. Enjoi!
1 cup Sprouted Moong/Hesaru kaalu (Soak in water for a day; then, drain out the water and let stand covered until they sprout)
1/2 cup Cucumber, chopped into small strips
2-3 strands Cilantro, finely chopped
1-2 tbsp Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen
1-2 tsp Lemon juice
1-2 tsp Oil for seasoning
2-3 Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1-2 Chopped Green chilies, medium spiced
A pinch of hing
Salt as per taste
Pomegranate seeds, chopped green grapes, dry fruits (Optional; quantity is left to you... As much as you desire)
- Combine sprouted moong, cucumbers, cilantro, coconut, fruits/dry fruits and salt in a mixing bowl; Toss well.
- Temper with mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chilies and hing.
- Pour lemon juice and mix well; Serve as a salad or side dish during lunch/dinner.