Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tomato and Onion Cachumbar : IHCC

"Red and Green" is this week's theme at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) where we are cooking from Madhur Jaffrey's recipes. I have made this simple and delightful salad using lots of fresh coriander leaves to go with a curry dish. 

I am a raw onion and coriander lover! I totally love eating raw onions in salads, in sandwiches, burgers and just about anything that can go perfect with raw onions! I love corianders, I could eat them raw just with rice and a little soy sauce spiced with some sliced hot chillies with a squeeze of lime juice. The recipes calls for 3 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh coriander, but I've used almost a cup, coarsely chopped.  

 This is similar to our local salad which usually include slices of cucumber and sometimes pineapple too, but usually without the fresh coriander leaves. I love it even better with the addition of coriander leaves. Just mix everything together.

And serve! Here I have served with the Red Pork Curry and Plain Basmati Rice. The salad really complements well with the curry and rice. This salad is really great for any curry meal. You can never go wrong with this salad! One that I would make again, very easy and  the next time, I'll add in some chopped cucumbers as well, another one of my favourite veggie. If you do not like coriander, just omit it, the salad will be just as good. 


Please do stop by IHCC to view all the different Red And Green yummies that the others made!

Tomato and Onion Cachumbar
(adapted from "Simple Indian Cookery", Madhur Jaffrey)
100gm (4oz) onion, cut into 1cm (1/2in) dice
350gm (12oz) tomatoes, cut into 1cm (1/2in) dice
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander (I use 1 cup, coarsely chopped)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending how hot you like it)

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix.


  1. Hi Joyce, hope you had a lovely Christmas! I love your salad, so very refreshing! I can't eat raw onion as it is, but when sliced up into a salad as such, I do enjoy it very much.

  2. Salad looks so colorful and delicious. Lovely preparation.

  3. Me too I am an onion and coriander girl. Writing this recipe down, thank you!

  4. I'm with you too! I love raw onion, especially the red onion and I think the scent of coriander is amazing. A very pretty and festive salad for sure.

  5. This sounds perfect to go with that pork curry that is tempting me.

  6. Joyce,
    Salad looks really refreshing but i can't take raw onion.
    I do love any thing with coriander, fresh aroma.
    Red curry pork look and sounds so inviting:D

  7. Hi Joyce
    I loves raw onion too but I like it to chopped it small. I usually mix it with mashed potato but never use it salad. Your red curry pork really looks very tempting and inviting too!

  8. Hi Joyce, found some more things we have in common. I love raw onions and coriander too! When I eat satay, oh...I must have my onions :) This simple salad will be another favourite and like you, I'll add more coriander and cucumbers :)

  9. When this is served to me, I will sure finish off the Tomato and Onion Cachumbar.

    1. Perfect choice for Red and Green. It looks so fresh.

  10. I'm with you! I like this kind of salad too. Definitely nice to eat with curry dish :)

  11. Yum ! A very fresh dish after this Xmas period !! :)

  12. I had some leftover coriander in the fridge from making pesto lastnight:D I can make this salad too! I am sure it is very delicious serve with that pork curry!

  13. oh, i will not miss the coriander too. It wont be the same anymore:)

  14. I like the idea of increasing the chopped coriander. This side salad is so simple and versatile.