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Kosambari Recipe / Carrot Kosambari / Cucumber Kosambari / Vegetarian Salad – Sprig Gourmet Product Review


Kosambari is a healthy vegetarian salad, prepared by soaking split green gram or split gram in water, then combining them with vegetables, green chillies and salt. Kosambari is a famous Karnataka salad recipe originated from Udupi, which is most commonly prepared during festivals.

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Been in Bangalore for almost few years, I have tasted this from my neighbor aunty who commonly prepares kosambari during all festivals at their home. Navratri’s are not without kosambari at their home. Following her, I have prepared two kosambari – Carrot kosambari and Cucumber kosambari.

Kosambari is also known as Koshambari, which is a healthy vegetarian salad recipe that is very easy and simple to prepare in mintues. Got products from Sprig Online Gourmet for review and Just for a twist I have substituted Six Pepper Medley powder from Sprig Gourmet instead of Green Chillies and Rosemary Lavender Sea Salt from Sprig Gourmet instead of salt.

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Lavender is my one and only favorite, the very first time tried out the flavor in food along with sea salt, absolutely delicious and more fragrant –  also a special for Navratri offering. Six Pepper Medley also had a wonderful fragnant, because of the cute little grinder over the bottle which gives out the freshly grounded powder. Give a try to this recipe…


  • Cucumber – ½ no
  • Carrot – 1 no (medium size)
  • Split green gram / Paasi payaru / Mung dal – 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves – 2 stalks
  • Green chillies or Pepper Powder (Six Pepper Medley from sprig) – ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing / Perungayam – ¼ tsp
  • Grated Coconut – ¾ cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/ tsp
  • Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt (Rosemary Lavender seasalt from sprig) – ½ tsp

Making of Kosambari / Carrot Kosambari Video recipe / Cucumber Kosambari Video recipe –


  • Soak the split green gram / mung dal / paasipayaru in water for almost 2 hours.
  • Drain the water completely and keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the cucumber into pieces.
  • Peel and finely grate the carrot into pieces.
  • If you are using green chillies, finely chop them into pieces.
  • Clean and finely chop the coriander stalks to pieces.
  • Take a 2 bowls, add half the quantity of soaked split green gram to each bowls.
  • Add cucumber, half the quantity of coriander leaves, lemon juice, grated coconut, lime juice, pepper powder or green chillies and a pinch of asafetida to a bowl. Mix it well.
  • In another bowl, add grated carrot, leftover quantity of coriander leaves, lemon juice, grated coconut, lime juice, pepper powder or green chillies and a pinch of asafetida and mix well.
  • In a small vessel or tadka, heat oil, add mustard seeds and curry leaves, wait until they crackle.
  • Pour half the quantity to each of the bowls. Mix it well.
  • Add required quantity of salt, only before you serve.
  • Serve it.

Note: Add salt to the kosambari only before serving, else it would release water and become soggy.


Aval Kesari recipe / Poha Kesari recipe / How to make Aval Kesari at home – Krishna Jayanthi recipes



Aval Kesari is one of my long time wait dish, yesterday was planning to try out kesari and so thought to try it with aval. This was my first attempt with Aval Kesari, it was delicious and was finished in minutes, as kids on vacation. Usually Kesari is my favorite, as my grandma prepares it for my birthday as it would be the first food on my mouth. The texture was lovely, it melts in the mouth and was too attractive not only of the color but the glassy appearance made the dish look rich compared to Rava/Semolina or Semiya/Vermicelli.

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A perfect dish for Navratri, as an offering and later served for friends and family. Not only for Navratri, but also an easy and can be made in minutes for guests. Let us move on to the recipe…

Do check out my other Kesari recipe in this link: https://madraasi.com/recipes/breakfast-dinner/.


  • Aval / Poha / Beaten Rice – 1 ½ cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Clarified butter / Ghee – 3 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Raisins – 8 nos
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Food Color (Orange) – ¼ tsp


  • Dry roast aval/poha/beaten rice in a kadai with a tsp of ghee/clarified butter.
  • Heat 3 cups of water in a kadai, bring it to boil.
  • Meanwhile, grind the roasted aval/poha/beaten rice to a fine powder.
  • Add the powdered aval/poha/beaten rice to the boiling water along with the food color, keep in low flame and keep on stirring else lumps will be formed.
  • Keep on stirring for few min, until the poha is cooked and thickens, drizzle a tbsp of ghee/clarified butter along the sides of the thickening poha.
  • Add in the sugar and continue stirring, until it the poha starts leaving the sides of the kadai.
  • Heat the leftover ghee/clarified butter in a kadhai, add in the cashew nuts, and roast until starts turning golden brown.
  • Add in the raisins and roast until it doubles in size.
  • Stir it well and keep on stirring until the kesari comes to the rolling consistency.
  • Transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot. This goes well for breakfast, tea-time snack and also as a festive recipe.

Note: Bring the kadai to low flame, when you start adding the powdered poha/aval/beaten rice and keep on stirring else it would be formed as lumps.



Navratri Recipes / Navarathri Recipes / Easy and simple 15+ Navratri Recipes


Navaratri is a Hindu festival symbolizing victory of positivity over negativity, Navratri literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – means Nine and Ratri – means night. During these nine nights and ten days, Hindu deity Durga is worshipped in different forms. Navartri is celebrated in different ways according to their region all over India.

As a Tamilian, I am here to share the how it’s celebrated all over Tamil Nadu. In Tamilnadu, people set up steps and place idols on them. This is known as golu. In the evening women invite each other to visit their homes to view kolu and exchange sweets and gifts. Devotional shlokas are chanted and after performing puja, the food items offered to Goddess are served to guests.

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On the 9th day Saraswati Puja, the puja are performed to the Goddess Saraswati, the diving source of wisdom and enlightment. Books and musical instruments are placed in the puja and worshipped as a source of knowledge.

The 10th day is the most auspicious day of all – Vijayadasami. It was the day in which evil is destroyed by Goddess. It marks new and prosperous beginning. New ventures started on this day are believed to flourish and bring prosperity. Kids often start tutoring on this day to have a head start in their education.

Check out this link for Sarswati Pooja and Ayudha Pooja celebrations at our home – CLICK HERE.

Navratri / Navarathri Recipes

Navratri / Navarathri Recipes

As a food blogger, let me share the recipe of some of the food prepared as offering for god and later served for guests after the Pooja.

Saraswati puja and Ayudha puja

Saraswati puja and Ayudha puja

Do check on the below lists for recipes, usually sundals (Dals, Beans are boiled and fried with spices).

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