Tikhat Gajar Pachadi (Savory Carrot Salad)

Pachadi is a salad that can be made with a variety of vegetables. Sometimes one or more vegetables are used. Here is Khamang Kakadi which is a cucumber pachadi. Similarly radish, tomatoes etc. can be used to make pachadi. Unlike a Koshimbir a pachidi does not contain yogurt. Here is an example of beetroot koshimbir.

Pachadi contains raw vegetables that are not mixed in yogurt. Instead salt, paprika/cayenne pepper, sweet and sour flavors are added to it.

You will need
3 carrots
1/4 cup roasted ground peanuts (should be about a 1/5 of the amount of carrots)
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. paprika
salt to taste

For the tempering
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1/4 tsp. asafoetida
1 tsp. turmeric powder

Shred the carrots with a grater and mix in the peanuts. Add sugar, lime juice and paprika. Season with salt. Keep aside.

In a small pan heat the olive oil and add the mustard seeds. When they start to crackle remove the pan from the heat. Add the cumin seeds, asafoetida and turmeric. Let it cool completely. Pour it over the shredded carrot.

Mix well and serve with poli and other sides.


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