This Kachumber Salad Recipe is the Pakistani version of Pico De Gallo. A simple, light, refreshing salad complements Pakistani food well.
I love this salad any time but if I have rice on the table then this Kachumber Salad Recipe is an absolute must! My family's favorite comfort food is basmati rice served with my hyderabadi khatti daal and this kachumber.
Another favorite is chicken pulao or mutton yakhni pulao with some raita and this Kachumber. Fresh, crispy vegetables, lightly salted, peppered, and drizzled with a little lemon juice add to any meal! Honestly, I can eat a bowl of this all on its own!
Very Simple and easy to make, all that is required to make this are fresh ingredients, a well sharpened knife and some good chopping skills.
SInce the ingredients are simple the main thing is that they be very fresh.
I try to buy small and firm cucumbers for this recipe, usually English Cucumbers or Small pickling ones. These have very few seeds and a thin outer skin and are closest in taste to the variety we get in Pakistan. If you can't get hold of these and are working with a larger cucumber then peel and deseed it before using it.
The tomatoes should be firm and juicy at the same time. I usually go with a larger variety for this salad. If the tomato has too many seeds it's best to deseed it before adding it to the salad.
The onion brings a lot of flavor to this salad. Since the taste is dependent entirely on the vegetables the type we use is key! The purple onion brings great flavor to any salad, slightly sharp but not overwhelming.
The basic Kachumber Salad Recipe has these three primary vegetables with a dash of salt, pepper and lemon juice. I like to add cilantro and a green chili to mine but it's entirely optional and based on personal preference.
I occasionally add some small radishes and carrots if they're in season. My favorite thing about making this salad is how colorful it is! Just 10-15 minutes to make a beautiful centerpiece for your table.
Kachumber Salad Recipe
- ½ purple onion
- 1 tomatoes
- 1 cup cucumber
- ¼ cup cilantro
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 lemons
- 1 serrano chili Optional
- finely dice all of the ingredients (SEE NOTES)
- mix in the salt, pepper, and the juice of the a lemon
- Use english cucumbers or mini cucumbers if available.
- If using a larger cucumber then peel and deseed it.
- use a large firm tomato and deseed it if it has too many seeds.