Summers comes around and you know it’s time for Kadmat or Cuchumber. Nope not cucumber, Cuchumber! It’s the traditional East Indian salad that dad makes as soon as the raw mangoes start coming around in April. And we can’t get enough of it. I mean who wouldn’t? Every East Indian makes Cuchumber as often as possible during summer, don’t they? The mixture of tastes – sweet, salty, sour and spicy is perfect.
Once the raw mangoes disappear from the market, dad puts a spin on the salad by making the Cuchumber using semi-ripe bottle mangoes. That tastes even more awesome! If you haven’t thought of using semi-ripe mangoes in your Cuchumber or Kadmat yet, go try them now.
Here’s the recipe:
2 Raw Mangoes (or Semi-ripe if you like dad’s version)
3 Green Chillies or 1 tablespoon East Indian Bottle Masala
2 or 3 sprigs of Coriander
Salt and Sugar to taste
1 tablespoon of vinegar (optional)
Chop the mangoes, onions, green chillies and coriander fine and toss them together with the salt, sugar and vinegar in a salad bowl. That’s it! Summer in a salad bowl. 🙂
We don’t use vinegar, but it is an option if you want your salad super tangy. And if you can’t find green chillies, red chilli powder will do too. Peeps I know sometimes make the recipe using the East Indian Bottle Masala instead of green chillies. Tastes good too!
No, you won’t find East Indian Bottle Masala easily in stores. In fact, you won’t find it in stores at all. You’d have to find one of the old East Indian families from Bombay who make it and ask for some to be sent over to you.
Or just stick with the green chillies. They’re perfect too!
Now I’m off to find me some Kadmat. Ever eaten it straight out of the fridge? Shh! Don’t tell anyone I do that. 😉
East Indian Kadmat or Cuchumber Salad (Gluten Free)
- 2 Raw Mangoes
- 2 Onions
- 3 Green Chillies Or 1 tbsp East Indian Bottle Masala
- 2 Sprigs Coriander
- 1 tbsp Vinegar (Apple Cider) Optional
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar
- Chop the mangoes, onions, green chillies and coriander fine. (If you have access to East Indian bottle masala, you can use this instead.)
- Toss them together with the salt and sugar and vinegar in a salad bowl.
- Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. This is optional, but it enhances the taste.
- Serve with dinner or lunch.