Kachumber [kuh-choom-burr] was my favourite salad growing up. I loved rolling the word of my tongue and enjoyed eating it even more. More relish than salad, it was sweet and sour with a fresh tingly taste on your palate. With as many variations as there were cooks, my family's version of it was onion, tomatoes and cucumber finely chopped in a bowl with sugar, salt and lemon. Instant bliss!
Lately, I have been cooking a lot from Under The Walnut Tree, a beautiful cookbook by Anna Bergenstrom and Fanny Bergenstrom. When I came across a recipe for Spicy Indian Kachumber, the nostalgia hit hard. It dredged up a memory of me at age 6, extremely sick and not being allowed real food for a long period of time. I remember the day my mum announced that the doctor had given the green light on solids and real food. I remember my extreme excitement to have a taste of something other than porridge and watery soup. My mum reeled me in saying that I would have to start slow with something simple and fresh minus all the spices prevalent in Indian food. She served me kachumber on lightly toasted bread. I remember the taste to this day. It was beautiful, made more poignant and memorable by having been denied real food.
As the boys bounced around on their trampoline with a dozen or so plush angry birds bouncing with them and Nick mowed the lawn, I recreated a childhood favourite in a matter of minutes. I had some beautiful Quinoa And Soya Bread from Brasserie Bread which I sliced and toasted to serve this kachumber on.
Fine knife work is a must for this recipe, so take your time. And remember to add the sugar and salt just prior to serving or it will sweat. I love it best on its own, but I have tried it rolled in a spinach wrap/tortilla, on sliced and toasted baguette and spread inside a dinner roll.
Food Photography & Prop Styling Alert - Black wire rack from Target, $12. Hand painted wooden bowl from Vinnies, $2. Vintage chrome salad servers from Vinnies, $3.
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