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Chai Pani's Famous Cumin-Lime Dressing & Desi Salad

Chai Pani's Famous Cumin-Lime Dressing & Desi Salad


For the dressing:
1/4 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Rice wine Vinegar
1/3 cup Freshly squeezed lime juice
1.5 tsp Kosher salt
3/4 tsp Spicewalla Cumin Powder
3 Cloves garlic
1/4 cups Red onion
1 bunch cilantro
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For the salad:
1/2 head Green Cabbage, shredded
1/2 head Purple Cabbage, shredded
1/4  carrots, julienned
1 Tbsp cilantro
4 oz. Cumin-Lime dressing
pinch Spicewalla Sicilian Sea Salt
¼ C Sev (Fried Chickpea Noodles)
2 Tbsp Masala Cashews*
1 tsp Toasted Spicewalla Sesame Seeds
1 Tbsp Chopped Green Onion

For the masala cashews:
1/4 cup whole cashews
pinch of sugar
1 tsp Spicewalla Sicilian Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Spicewalla Dark Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Spicewalla Cumin Powder
2 tsp oil

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Cumin Powder
Cumin Powder



for the dressing:
1. Add all ingredients except cilantro in blender.
2. Blend on high speed and add cilantro.
3. Once liquified; turn to low speed and slowly add olive oil until completely emulsified.

for the masala cashews:
1. Preheat oven to 320°F. 
2. Mix cashews with rest of ingredients
3. Spread on a small pan and bake for 5 mins
4. Open oven and mix cashews, then bake for another 5-6 minutes.

for the Salad:
1. Combine cabbage, carrots, cilantro, dressing, and pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl, mixing ingredients till evenly coated in dressing.
2. In a large salad bowl, pile the salad mix in the bowl and top with sev, cashews, sesame seeds, and green onion.
3. Enjoy!

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Cumin Powder
Cumin Powder



  • Loved your cumin-lime Sev salad when we visited NC! We have hundreds of Indian restaurants here in the UK, but they don’t serve zingy fresh salad type dishes. Thank you so much for recipe!

    Alison on
  • Your recipes are amazing! What a resource. When are you coming to Greenville, SC?

    Jill Ellis on
  • How very generous of Chai Pani to post the recipe for this amazing salad.

    For the nights when the wait is just a bit too long( but worth it every time).

    JeanneS on
  • Recently moved to the Asheville, NC area. Chai Pani is our favorite restaurant. For Super Bowl Sunday we will be making the incredible DESi salad and Sloppy Jai, lamb sliders. Not traditional Super Bowl fare, but if we can come close to replicating these dishes we will have scored our own touchdown 😋

    SteveD on
  • Just found this recipe. I’m in heaven, love this salad!!!!!

    Donna Fox on

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