I am so pleased to share with you the next recipe in my new series: Monica’s Indian Express: Simple & Sassy Weeknight Dishes.

Peanut Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes and 20 minutes to chill
Cook Time: None
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup peanuts, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne or paprika
Salt to taste
1 small red onion, peeled and diced
1 small tomato, diced
1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
A few small red radish, diced
1 small carrot, peeled and diced
In a large salad bowl, add the red onion, tomato, cucumber, radish and carrots. In a separate bowl combine the juice, peanuts and red chili and salt to taste. Pour over the salad and toss well. Chill for about 20 minutes. Serve chilled topped with the cilantro.
Variations: when in season, i add pomegranate arils to the salad. Also play with the ingredients: jicama works well in this salad as well as pineapple to add some sweetness. I dont add pears or apples unless I am serving it immediately or they will brown. Another fav — add a few thinly sliced fennel!
Now, if you are really in the mood, leave out the lemon juice and use a half a cup of yogurt instead. And season it with freshly toasted ground cumin. You will love it. Trust me.

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  1. I caught this recipe a few hours too late! Had boiled some peanuts before lunch (dried ones, soaked overnight) and was wondering what to do with them. Ended up eating a coffee-cup-full of salted boiled peanuts for lunch .. ! But tomorrow is another day, as they say! I’m all set to try this salad for tomorrow evening.

    By the way what are those white flecks? Is it grated coconut?

    1. Hello Nazu,
      Crushed peanuts, these are !
      Slightly dry roasted and crushed using mortar and pestle! Gives nice crunch to salad !

  2. I love all variations of this salad. Sometimes we add finely chopped serrano chillies instead of chilli powder. Dynamite!

  3. Mmm. This sounds delicious! i wonder how adding persimmon would be. I have many…

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