Kanda Keri Nu Kachumber
Kanda Keri Nu Kachumber
Kanda Keri Nu Kachumber or Mango Onion Salad is a simple but bursting with flavors kind of salad. Enjoy it as a part of your main meal, or with some khichdi or on its own as a snack. Healthy, its the best way to enjoy semi ripe mango during the summer season. Kanda is the Gujarati word for onion, keri is mango and kachumber is salad.
I remember whenever we visited my aunt (Manju Aunty) in Mombasa during the Christmas Holidays, kanda keri nu kachumber was always served with our lunch. After all, back then Mombasa was famous for its mangoes, coconuts, cassava and cashew nuts.
During our visit to Mombasa, we would stay at my aunt’s (foi) place for a few days before we would head for the cottages or hotel on the beach. My aunt’s family was big as my uncle’s brothers all lived under the same roof. Besides all the fun we would have with our cousins, I remember sitting with them on the window ledge and watching the world go by, snacking on kachri bateta, and walking to Lighthouse. The other vivid memory I have is the vegetable man coming to deliver vegetables everyday. No storing vegetables in the fridge in those days. The man would always give a few green chillis, ginger, coriander and a small raw mango for free along with the vegetables. My uncle would get mangoes and from the semi ripe ones, my aunt would prepare kanda keri nu kachumber.
My memories of our annual visit to Mombasa with my family are memorable. We would normally drive down to Mombasa at night from Nairobi with my dad’s friends and their families. On the way we would get to see wildlife on near the road in abundance. Sadly, this is not the case anymore. We never had to go into the National parks to see lions, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, buffalos and so many other animals. A journey by road or rail and one saw almost everything.
Kanda Keri Nu Kachumber
When the mango season begins, I love to prepare this delicious, sweet and tangy salad, especially whenever I make khichdi. It goes so well with it. A quicker version is to slice the onion thinly and grate the mango. If I am serving it as a part of a lunch thali then I prefer to chop the mango and onion into tiny cubes. Add salt, chilli powder and jaggery and allow the salad to rest for at least 30 minutes. This way the onion gets marinated slightly and it gives the jaggery to melt. Add jaggery according to your taste. While jaggery does taste awesome with the keri, you can by all means use white sugar, brown sugar or coconut sugar.
Other Mango Salads:
Ingredients Required For Kanda Keri Nu Kachumber
- Semi Ripe Mango – When in Kenya, I prefer to use Apple Mango. In India I use Banaganapalli mango.
- Onion – for this kachumber recipe, I prefer to use red onion. However, you can use any onion of your choice.
- Salt – I have used Himalayan Pink Salt. Feel free to use any salt of your choice and according to your taste.
- Red Chilli Powder – add according to your taste
- Jaggery – powdered. Can use white, brown or coconut sugar too.
- Cumin Powder – lightly roast some cumin seeds in a pan over low heat, till you get the aroma. Crush the cumin seeds (jeera, jeeru) in a mortar with a pestle. Or using a rolling pin to crush into a coarse powder.
KANDA KERI NU KACHUMBER/ MANGO ONION SALAD
- 1 large semi ripe mango
- 1 small red onion
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- ½ tsp cumin powder
- 1 tbsp jaggery powder
- Peel and grate the mango or chop it finely.
- Peel the onion and chop into thin slices or dice it finely.
- Mix the mango and onion together.
- Add salt, red chilli powder, cumin powder and jaggery.
- Mix it well.
- Cover the bowl with a lid or cling film and allow the salad or kachumber to chill for at least 15-30 minutes.
- Serve with the main meal or khichdi. Can also enjoy it as a healthy snack.
- Make sure the mango is not ripe.
- Add red chilli powder and salt according to your taste.
- If you don't have jaggery, replace it with brown sugar, coconut sugar or white sugar.
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May 23, 2021 at 2:05 am
Mango and onion kachumber tastes so good. This one is a must for me during the mango season. I like the idea of making it with tiny chopped pieces too. I only make the grated version.
May 24, 2021 at 10:56 am
Thank you so much Shobha. Try the chopped version as it looks good when served with a lunch thali.
May 24, 2021 at 11:34 am
Kanda Keri nu kachumber is something we love and this year I forgot to make it. Now, I will have to hunt for the mangoes to make this yum salad. Loved your memories of childhood you reminded me of my childhood too.
June 3, 2021 at 11:51 am
Thanks Archana, hope you got mangoes to try out this salad.
May 24, 2021 at 11:38 am
Kanda keri nu kachumber is something we love. This year I just forgot to make it! Now that you have reminded me of what a yum salad I will be missing I need to hunt for mangoes along with vegetables.
I loved your memories of childhood, reminded me of my childhood. Those were the days wish we can go back in time.
May 24, 2021 at 11:45 am
Thank you so much Archana. There is no going back, but memories is all we have. We also make new memories so that in another 10 years we will reflect on them fondly.
May 24, 2021 at 1:27 pm
Kanda Keri nu kachumber is a good snack to enjoy during summer. It is flavoursome and ideal to serve with meals too. This is a good reminder to make it.
May 24, 2021 at 11:27 pm
Thank you so much Jayashree.
May 25, 2021 at 1:52 pm
The combo of spicy onion with those juicy mangoes – almost salsa like.. too good !!
May 27, 2021 at 12:58 am
May 25, 2021 at 4:29 pm
With just 2 main ingredients our desi version of mango salsa seems so delectable and bursting with flavors . I loved how jaggery is added to give sweetness to this khatta meetha kachumber.
May 27, 2021 at 12:56 am
Thank you so much Priya. Jaggery is not an ingredient to miss in this recipe as it brings out the flavour.
May 27, 2021 at 10:19 am
This onion mango salad looks incredible. I love the addition of jaggery. Can’t wait to try your version. Loved reading your memories associated with this dish. Life was so simple then. Good to know that it can be served with khichdi.
May 27, 2021 at 8:28 pm
Thank you so much Preethi and go ahead and make this easy peasy salad.
May 28, 2021 at 1:12 pm
Mango onion salad looks so simple but bursts with flavors. Love the use of jaggery and a perfect one to enjoy during Summer.
May 28, 2021 at 3:11 pm
Thank you Narmadha.
June 3, 2021 at 9:44 am
Kanda kairi nu kachumber reminds me of my Mom Mayuri. It’s quite similar recipe to our kachi kairi ki chutney. For this we grate both kairi and Kanda. Your recipe with jaggery sounds fabulous served as salad.
June 3, 2021 at 11:13 am
Thank you Lata, we also make a chutney where semi ripe mango and onion are grated.
Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth
June 2, 2021 at 8:43 pm
Now that sounds like a very interesting salad. The interesting mix of sweet and sour owould be amazing. I have to try this when I land up wit hsome decent mangoes…
June 3, 2021 at 11:15 am
Thank you so much Rafeeda and it is definitely very flavorful.
Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey
June 4, 2021 at 6:56 pm
This post, Kanda keri nu kachumber takes me back to my childhood in India, throughout the summer this was every day on the menu. We siblings used to dislike many summer vegetables, but ate them because of this kachumber as mum would give only this if we ate bhinda, dudhi and turia!! Here my kids are the same, eat any greens when they see dungri and keri nu kachumber on the plate. Packed with so many health benefits.
June 4, 2021 at 8:28 pm
Thank you so much Jagruti. I think most Gujaratis have memories associated with kanda keri nu kachumber.
June 5, 2021 at 12:38 am
Mango and onion salad sounds super tempting. I can imagine how flavorful and delicious this salad must have been. Love the addition of jagger powder ..does it make the salad sweeter?
June 6, 2021 at 2:53 pm
Thank you Sapana, here we used semi ripe mango which is still a bit sour. We add jaggery for the khatta meetha taste. Amount entirely depends on the sourness or sweetness of the mango.
June 5, 2021 at 10:32 am
I love this flavorful combination of mangoes with onions. This is such a refreshing salad to pair with your lunch. I liked the addition of jaggery in your version.
June 6, 2021 at 2:52 pm
Thank you so much Poonam, a bit of jaggery is a must in the Gujarati style for that khatta meetha taste.
June 10, 2021 at 4:36 pm
I am in love with this mango salad recipe Mayuri. I have had several instances when the mango tastes great but is not as ripe as I would like to eat it as is. This is a great recipe to use those mangoes. So refreshing and I love the Gujarati cuisine for the sweet and sour flavors. We use a little jaggery in a lot of recipes in our family as well.
June 11, 2021 at 3:13 pm
Thank you so much Sandhya, on several occasions have cut a mango thinking it is ripe but turns out a bit sour. So it get converted into this salad or a chutney.
June 11, 2021 at 9:06 pm
Mango and onion combo sounds delicious. I bet this will go best with a side of spicy khichdi. Love this type of salad.
June 12, 2021 at 10:24 am
Thanks Uma and it goes very well with khichdi.
June 12, 2021 at 6:16 am
Beautiful post with such lovely memories. What a delicious looking kachumber that is – I can imagine how yummy this tastes – sweet, spicy and tangy. Love it.
June 12, 2021 at 10:23 am
Thank you so much Pavani.
June 20, 2021 at 5:21 pm
What a delectable salad recipe mayuri ji! Mango and onion with a chili and jaggery, i m salivating as i read through the recipe!! simple flavors but great taste!
June 22, 2021 at 11:13 am
Thanks Priya and spot on, simple flavors but great taste.