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03/11/19

Cucumber tadka salad (for my Diwali feasts)

I made a large batch of this salad for our family Diwali gathering last weekend and again at our friends Diwali event during the week, a fresh and simple addition to go with the rest of the Diwali spread – and it’s not just cucumbers! This easy salad is all about the tadka spice mix (rather like an Indian dukkah!)

Here’s the recipe to make 1 large bowl:

  • Chop 3 large cucumbers in small cubes
  • Chop 2-3 avocados in cubes
  • Chop a handful of coriander 🌿
  • Mix all the above in a bowl

Tadka spice mix:

  • heat around 2-3 tablespoons of oil (not coconut oil as it solidifies at room temperature and this is a cold salad 😉
  • add 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds (*can also add few curry leaves if you have them)
  • when the seeds start popping and sizzling, add 2-3 tablespoons of sesame seeds
  • let them become slightly brown (around 1 minute) then leave to cool
  • once cooled, stirred the tadka spice mix into the salad with salt to taste and a generous squeeze of lemon or lime

Optional garnishing:

  • I’ve topped this with my maple chilli seed mix (recipe in SaffronSoul)
  • You can also just sprinkle some sea salt, pepper and coriander leaves over the top
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