Cucumber Kachumber – Quick Indian Fresh Cucumber Salad
Cucumber Kachumber is a very popular side dish salad made in many Indian households to accompany any meal. This salad (kachumber) is very basic and extremely easy to make. It can basically be made with any raw vegetable of your choice. The most common vegetables that get used in a kachumber is cucumber, onion, tomato. Cucumber Kachumber is a basic, but all time classic salad that is made with finely cut cucumbers seasoned with salt and green chili paste or very finely chopped green chili and drizzled with lemon juice tossed with fresh coriander.
This a perfect summer salad. During the summer months a lot of us love to garden (like me) 🙂 . Part of that gardening joy, we also like to grow many different vegetables that would make a great raw vegetable kachumber or salad. During the summer months, cucumbers grow by the tonnes in my backyard. I have planted six cucumber plants…so you can imagine the amount of cucumbers that are growing in my backyard.
Thanks to the hard work of my husband, I always have a nice well maintained garden. He also loves to garden and he spends a lot of time taking care of each and every plant in the garden. This year we have planted many different great vegetables like cucumber, low-acidic tomatoes, white radish (Mooli), red onions, fresh methi, fresh coriander, green chilies, green peppers (bell peppers) and surti papdi (small flat beans). I also have planted in big planter boxes fresh mint that grows like wild and fresh green garlic that never stops growing. We just love it ….enjoying fresh vegetables for at least few months each year is great. Thank you Husband ! 🙂
The combination of vegetables in this salad can be switched up with any choice of your favorite vegetable or fruit. The simplicity and quickness of this kachumber is the best part. I love to whip up fast and easy salads, but at the same time it’s gotta be tasty. This kachumber is an all time favorite in my house, it goes so well with any nice simple authentic Gujarati meal.
I like to serve it up with nice freshly chopped coriander leaves and some times I make this a head of time and refrigerate it so all of the flavors get incorporated together.