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The O-558 Salad

This salad is called so, not for the want of a better name, but because this is where it was born!

When I was doing my PG, four of us friends stayed together at this building called Tarapore Towers in Andheri, Mumbai. One of the things that we’d regularly do was cook together, even if we were back home at 10pm from college. Our meals were simple – most often a pulao with some veggies thrown in and a salad. While Suzanna would chop the veggies, Divya would most often make the pulao and my job was to rustle up the salad, while Megs had to do the washing up. It was a happy system and we were more than glad to follow it. Over months, the salad ended up becoming a staple with most of our meals and today when Meg demanded the recipe, I finally sat down to write what I’ve made several times over…

Pic: Corbis
1 medium sized cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 small green chilli, slit into half, de-seeded and then chopped
Lime juice
Amchur powder
Jeera powder
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander leaves to garnish
Mix all the vegetables together in a big bowl. Now add the chilli, amchur, jeera powder, some pepper and salt. Mix well and add a dash of lime juice, give it one final toss and sprinkle the coriander on top before serving. 
Tip: Add roasted peanuts for a crunchy version
Note:  The picture is again from Corbis, because I don’t have one of the original… will post one when I make it again.


  • meghana August 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    and hey, I don't just wash dishes ok? Who used to make jeera pulao? Who used to make dosas? Toasts? Don't say I just used to wash dishes! 🙁

  • divya chandramouli August 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Oh ho Rain, you have upset Ms. dishwasher! Hehe. Fun times those were. I still make variants of this salad whenever the urge strikes me.

  • Renuka August 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Wokay! Miss. 'Sundaram' Dishwasher… You're the dosa queen and the toast-amul butter princess. Happy? And yes, you said 'snaan' also to Welcome bhaiyya! 😉

  • Renuka August 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Yeah Div! this is still my favourite salad.. esp with sprouts in it.. yummy!


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