Kachumber

The salad:
1/2 white onion – coarsely diced
3-4 tomatoes – diced
1/2 large cucumber – diced
1/3 cup cilantro leaves – minced
2 Tbsp mint – minced

The dressing:
1/4 tsp kashmiri mild chili powder – or a pinch of cayenne
1/4 tsp cumin powder
2 green finger hot chilies – or 1/2 jalapeƱo, minced
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice – about 1/3 of a lemon
salt to taste

The dressing:
Combine the chili powder, cumin, minced chilies, oil and lemon juice.

The salad:
Run the chopped white onion under cold running water for about 10 seconds. This mellows out the bite of the onion. A mesh strainer works well.

Add about 3/4 tsp of salt to the tomatoes and place in the strainer over a bowl. Let stand for about 20 minutes to let liquid drain. Use these two tricks when you make salsa. It works.

Combine the onion, tomato and the rest of the ingredients together and toss with the dressing. Taste and adjust for salt.

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