Khamang Kakdi / Cucumber and Peanut Salad in Maharashtrian Style

Khamang Kakdi is a low oil, diabetic friendly Cucumber and Peanut salad recipe under 30 minutes from the Maharashtrian cuisine.

Khamang Kakdi / Cucumber and Peanut Salad in Maharashtrian Style

If you are looking for easy to put together, no fuss, no dressing, low oil Salad recipes then you should absolutely try Khamang Kakdi – Maharashtrian Style Cucumber and Peanut Salad or Kakdi Chi Koshimbir in Marathi.

Koshimbir or Salad in Marathi is an essential element of Maharashtrian Thali. Koshimbir is chopped salad with vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, onion, carrots, beetroots etc. Usually they are tossed with some lemon juice, salt and generous amount of coriander leaves. The other variety is where curd is added to the vegetables, like Raita.

If you plan to cook a Traditional Maharashtrian Thali at home, I suggest you try some of these below recipes that would be loved by your family and friends.

I love having this refreshing Cucumber salad with dal rice or khichdi too. The recipe is quite simple, which is one of the many reasons why this is made often at our home.

Khamang Kakdi Recipe

It takes just 15 minutes to put everything together – Yup, that easy! A salad recipe that has no dressing, no expensive ingredients are involved. Just simple pantry staples is all you need to whip up this Cucumber salad in minutes.

Be it your 4 pm snack, a light dinner or lunch on hot summer days, this salad is crunchy, filling and super healthy. Personally, I love having this as my 4 pm snack or with my lunch along with a bowl of curd especially during summers. So refreshing!

The Khamang Kakdi can be a great appetizer to serve with Cocktails too at your next party. Peanuts are always a hit with cocktails so the next time you are planning your cocktail party menu, don’t forget to include this recipe.

The salad recipe is both Gluten Free and Vegan. If you are allergic to peanuts, you can substitute with chopped cashews as well. It would be a good idea to roast the cashews before adding.

Khamang Kakdi Recipe

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Khamang Kakdi Recipe with Step by Step Pics

  1. In a bowl, add the chopped cucumbers, green chillies, salt and lime juice.
  2. You can either coarsely pound the peanuts or add it as it is. Note – Don’t add groundnut or peanut powder, it makes the salad pasty.
  3. Prepare for the tempering by heating a small pan with some coconut oil, add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle and then add the curry leaves.
  4. Now, add the tempering to the salad followed by freshly grated coconut and coriander leaves. Toss everything well and serve immediately.
Khamang Kakdi - Cucumber Koshimbir

Khamang Kakdi / Cucumber and Peanut Salad in Maharashtrian Style

Vidya Narayan
Khamang Kakdi is a Maharashtrian Style Salad recipe or Koshimbir made with cucumber and peanuts. This is a tempered salad with coconut oil which tastes best with Varan bhat or Khichdi too. Can be served as part of Maharashtrian Thali, an appetizer or snack with cocktails, eaten as lunch during summers too. Gluten free and Vegan Indian Salad recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 14 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Servings 2 people


  • 2 nos. Cucumbers (peeled and chopped into small pieces)
  • 3 tbsp Roasted Peanuts (skin removed)
  • 2-3 nos. Green chillies finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Freshly grated coconut
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • Few sprigs of curry leaves
  • finely chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste


  • In a bowl, add the chopped cucumbers, green chillies, salt and lemon juice.
  • You can either coarsely pound the peanuts or add it as it is, I prefer the later. Don't powder the peanuts completely though.
  • Prepare for the tempering by heating a small pan with some coconut oil,add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle and then add the curry leaves.
  • Now, add the tempering to the chopped cucumbers followed by freshly grated coconut and coriander leaves. Toss everything well and serve immediately.


  • This salad also tastes excellent when chilled, making it that perfect summer salad option.
  • A meal by itself, tastes excellent with the Maharashtrian staples like Varan Bhaat or Bhakri and a Vegetable.
  • You can add a pinch of sugar too along with lime juice but I avoid the same since I prefer having this as a snack in the evening or as a dinner option.
Keyword cucumber peanut salad, Kakdi chi Koshimbir, Khamang Kakdi, salad recipes, summer recipes
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The Recipe was originally posted in September 2018 and has been duly updated.

Taking this recipe to the A to Z challenge this month wherein we choose to cook with key ingredients Alphabetically. This month it was time for Alphabet ‘C’. I chose my key ingredient ‘Cucumber’ to make this traditional and healthy salad recipe.

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 49 Comments

  1. Jyo

    Excellent summer salad? love the addition of roasted peanuts? it gives a nice crunchy kick to the salad?

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks dear, we think alike!

  2. Malini

    Wow. Perfect Vidya. My favorites, peanuts and coconut are there, plus healthy cucumber. I loved your nice touch of tempering in this recipe. It must be very filling. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks so much and i hope you love trying out this.

      1. Malini

        Vidya. I tried this salad. It was awesome. Believe me it was the best salad I ever tried dear. Thanks a ton for this recipe. I am gonna tag and post this yummmmmy salad soon. 🙂 <3 Oh my god.. I am in love this.. Happy Cooking dear

      2. Vidya Narayan

        Thank you so much and very glad to receive the feedback Malini.

  3. sadhanamishra

    This is one of my favourite salad..just love mouth is watering ?

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks so much dear, mine too.

  4. Wow Vidya cucumber salad sounds superbly delicious. I can imagine the taste. Green chilli cilantro peanut definitely makes it super yummy. I want to make it right now but I don’t have fresh coconut this time, so I have to wait. Lovely share.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Please do make this and I am sure you would love it. Thank you so much

  5. I’ve heard a lot about this dish from my grandmother, who grew up in a Maharashtrian colony. I’ve never had a chance to try it out, though. Looks yummylicious! 🙂

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Do try, its quite simple. Thanks so much.

  6. Geetha Priyanka

    This recipe sounds much like Kosambari, popular salad in North Karnataka but without moongdal and peanuts. I can imagine the texture and delicious taste. Wish I could get Indian cucumber here in UK to prepare this super healthy salad. Awesome share Vidya!!!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I agree, this sounds like Kosambari minus the dal. Love the moong dal based salads esp with carrots as they add the sweetness. Thanks dear and I wish I could treat you some.

  7. Jyoti Rao

    Wonderful salad recipe! Always loved this salad, childhood favorite. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Nice to know that Jyoti, this is my fav too. Thanks dear.

  8. Jayeeta

    Nice write up, Vidya…..Through your post I came to know about a region of Maharashtra and also a different version of salad…..It’s very much true that our trips to different places give us inspirations to make new recipes. 🙂

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Absolutely Jayeeta, travel is very important to our body and mind, else we burn out easily. Thank you and glad you liked it.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Absolutely dear, me too. Thanks

  9. Mildly Indian

    Delicious simple yet flavourful recipe. I can live on this.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I agree Seema! Thanks

  10. What a superb and nutritious peanut with cucumber salad recipe. This one is so refreshing, delightful, such a healthy bowl of comfort. Very refreshing share partner.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks dear Jolly!

  11. Priya Suresh

    Give me that bowl, feel like finishing this crunchy and nutty salad without any fuss. Just love this kind of simple Indian style salad. Makes me hungry.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I love simple salads too Priya, thanks a ton!

  12. Renu Agrawal Dongre

    Such an interesting pick for the theme and that too double, coconut and cucumber. I love salads but never tried coconut in it, would love to try this one.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you dear. We South Indians do add coconut to our version of salads and raitas too, they taste yum.

  13. mayurisjikoni

    Vidya, if I got cucumber prepared in the style you have with coconut and peanuts then I don’t mind having it everyday. It looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing such a healthy recipe.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      My pleasure and I hope you would love it.

  14. I am in love with the flavor combination in the salad. So perfect for the Indian palate that needs the spices and the flavors. Love the green chili, coconut and peanut in the salad. I would be adding the sugar as well as I like the sweet and spicy feel.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Addition of sugar is a good idea and Sandhya, most of the Maharashtrian recipes do call for a pinch of jaggery or sugar, especially in gravies. Do let me know how the sugar element turned out and shall be happy to include in my next round of salad.

  15. Paarul

    This salad is a delight with the meal , and the addition of peanuts makes it just perfect crunchy summer salad. Awesome share Vidya I can just have it as a snack 🙂

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I agree Paarul, this is a good snack with the crunchy peanuts. Thanks so much dear.

  16. Anshu Agarwal

    Amazing recipe Vidya. Perfect low Carb meal. Will definitely try it and post the picture. Keep posting such amazing healthy meal Ideas. Awesome photography as always !!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you so much dear for all your lovely words always.

  17. Shobha Keshwani

    I love these Indian chatpata salads. This one is on my list to be made this week end.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Welcome back from your vacation and I am sure salads are definitely on your mind. Thank you so much and glad you liked it.

  18. code2cook

    Vidya believe me this salad looking very tempting in the picture and I am craving to it now. surely a tasty and filling salad and added tempering must be taking it to another level of taste. Bookmarked.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Tempering is the way of letting your taste buds know that they are in for a real treat. ha ha .. I love tempered salads with dahi or raw too, guess my south indian genes. Glad you liked it dear.

  19. Aruna

    This is my go-to salad (that doubles as a meal) on a hot summer day. Maharashtrians make the best salads in my book!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      This is the best salad for the current weather Aruna! Thanks so much and I agree about the Koshimbir varieties of Maharashtra.

  20. veena

    Super. This is so refreshing and easily doable. Loved this quick salad

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks Veena.

  21. poonampagar

    Khamang kakdi is one of my favourite salads. So refreshing and flavorful ! I often pair it with Sabudana khichdi.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Pairing with sabudana khichdi sounds lovely and I should certainly try this combo. Thanks Poonam.

  22. Soma D

    5 stars
    I always wondered khama kakdi has something to do with khaman dhokla and a oided making this dish. Saw Vidya’s post on khaman kakdi and with all the ingredients available at home, I thought to give it a try! Just amazing! It turned out so well, crunchy and tasty. In this lockdown we made it almost 3 to 4 times and some of my relatives also took this recipe. I am bengali and love Maharashtriam cuisine specially the malvani ones. But khaman kakdi is something that I can make anytime to eat. Great recipe with simple ingredients Vidya. Keep it up.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you so much Soma. Glad you loved the recipe. Please keep visiting us for more delicious recipes with healthy and seasonal ingredients.

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