Kachumbar (Fresh Onion and Tomato Relish)


Whenever I make Kachumbar, I smile thinking of a friend I had back in high school. Whenever I’d bother her, she would summon her most threatening face and yell, “I’m going to make Kachumbari outta oo n take ooo Ushago!” I never figured out where Ushago was though.

Recipe: Kachumbar

Also known as: Fresh Onion and Tomato Relish/Kachumbari

Categories: Condiments; pickles/relishes

Accompaniments: Usually eaten with pilau, or curry and rice

Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small carrot, cut into thin rounds
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh is preferable
  • 1 green chili, chopped (optional)
  • handful of cilantro leaves (coriander/dhania/kothmiri)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of red chili powder

The above ingredients are considered to be ‘original Katchumbar’ ingredients. Some other ingredients I’ve seen in a Katchumbar relish include:

  • cucumber (peeled and diced)
  • iceberg lettuce (shredded)
  • cabbage (shredded)
  • cumin powder (dash of)
  • black pepper (dash of)
  • white sugar (pinch of)
  • white vinegar (in place of the lemon juice)


  • Mix together your preferred combo of ingredients thoroughly and place in fridge. This relish is usually served cold.

One response to “Kachumbar (Fresh Onion and Tomato Relish)

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