Carrot Sambol | A Sri Lankan Carrot Salad

Sambol is one of the most popular side dishes in Sri Lanka.

Carrot Sambol | Sri Lankan | Salads | Pachadi | Vegetarian | A Life Time of Cooking

Sambol is one of the most popular side dishes in Sri Lanka. It is cheap and easy to make and is enjoyed from humble homes in rural areas to the 5 star hotels of Colombo. Sri Lankan’s will dive into this delicacy at breakfast, lunch or dinner! It’s usually served as an accompaniment to string hoppers (small disks of rice noodles popular for breakfast in Sri Lanka) or rice and curry at any time of day.

Most Sambols are simply a set of ingredients that are mixed together, so they are incredibly easy to make. It also makes a great summer salad for picnics, post xmas haze or long summer nights eating on the balcony or decking. Adjust the amount of yoghurt to your personal preference.

Carrot Sambol | Sri Lankan | Salads | Pachadi | Vegetarian | A Life Time of Cooking

The recipe is adapted from The Monk’s Cookbook  – a book full of wonderful, easy and always delicious recipes. Many of them are Sri Lankan in style, and often a slight deviation from Indian Tamil style food. This is a quick side dish or salad.

You might also like Apple and Celery Creamy Yoghurt Salad, Carrot Thoran, Carrot Pachadi/Raita, Carrot and Coriander Soup, and Carrot Poriyal/Curry.

Similar recipes include Mint Sambol, Coconut and Tamarind Sambol, Ginger Coconut Pachadi, Boohdhi Pachadi, and Spinach Pachadi.

For Sri Lankan dishes, try Sri Lankan Long Bean Curry.

Browse our other Carrot recipes, and Yoghurt recipes. Other Indian recipes are here, Sri Lankan dishes here and our Indian Essentials here. Or find inspiration in our Mid Spring recipes.

Carrot Sambol | Sri Lankan | Salads | Pachadi | Vegetarian | A Life Time of Cooking

Carrot Sambol, Jaffna Style

Source : inspired by The Monk’s Cookbook
Cuisine: Indian / Sri Lankan
Prep time: 7 mins
Cooking time: 0 mins
Serves: 4 – 6 people, depending how you use it

500g carrots
2 tspn grated coconut or shredded coconut
0.5 cup curds / thick yoghurt
1 large onion
1 – 2 green chillies

Grate the carrots and mince the onion and chillies. Mix all ingredients well and serve at room temperature or chilled. Some grated ginger can also be added if desired.

recipe notes
The amount of yoghurt can be varied to produce different salads.



21 thoughts on “Carrot Sambol | A Sri Lankan Carrot Salad”

  1. Gorgeous.

    Another book I must track down!

    It really is worth it. Easy no fuss recipes (no photos tho) and every one of them delicious.

  2. This is a nice way to have carrot. It seems almost like a “thayir pachadi” which would be a sort of Tamil raita.
    I not very informed about Srilankan cooking, But there seem to be 2 broad styles- One is Tamil which probably draws a lot from food in Tamil Nadu, and the other is Sinhalese which I think has a lot of British, Dutch, Potuguese and Malay influences.

    I am sure that you are correct about the thayir pachadi. Yogaswami came from Jaffna, so I think that the food would reflect the Tamil Nadu style cuisine. Thanks for the information, I love hearing more about the food that I love. I will look for a thayir pachadi recipe and compare.

  3. I really like this recipe. I have all the ingredients in hand so I might make it for tomorrow. You know, there are a couple of books by Greek monasteries with lovely vegatarian recipes (Orthodox monks don’t eat meat, just fish a couple of days a year). Unfortunately I do not think they have been translated into English, otherwise it would be interesting for you to have a look!

    Wow, FoodJunkie, I hope that you made it. I think it is really special to be eating food that comes from the purest of places. I love the Monks Cookbook.

  4. Coconuts and carrots sound like an interesting combo. Sounds like a book worth browsing… Thanks for letting us know about it!

    Hi Jude, yes, absolutely, and worth cooking from as well. I will try to bring one back with me on my next visit, to give away, perhaps….

  5. i love your description of this recipe as it pertains to the monks. sounds delicious combined with the coconuts too!

    These monks are the most special people, and I am blessed to have them in my life. I will be visiting again soon.

  6. This carrot sambal looks delicious Jennifer. I think this will be our salad for this evening, along with something on the grill…

    I hope that you got to try this Ronell, it is one of my favourites. And now that the weather is warming, I think it iwll be on the menu again quite soon.

  7. Easy Salad and healthy too. I am going to try this out. Please do post links to your new recipes at I can get immediately notified if some new recipe is added and then I
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  8. I have made similar preparation to your’s but minus coconut and add lemon juice….it gives great tangy taste when combined with grated carrot.

  9. This is simple and delicious carrot pachhadi. I am surprised so many females have missed to temper with coconut oil/til oil and mustard. If you are a health freak you can use extra virgin oil from fresh coconut (venda thengai ennai) instead of the copra variety. Also use home made curd from farm fresh cow milk not pasturised or homogenized. You can also add some coriander leaves to give excellent flavor

  10. Hey there! Thanks for visiting my blog… I’m really glad you did because your food looks deelish! If you read my random facts, you’ll know I’m a tad bit obsessed with everything Indian/Hindu. Especially the food! I’m not the biggest cooking enthusiast but your recipes may be worth the work… I will definitely check back to your site.

    Hey, thanks. I hope that you do find some enthusiasm for cooking Indian food – it is an amazing cuisine. Good luck with your son – have you ever thought that diet might help too?

    1. ok, wait. I take it all back!! After about an hour of sitting on the counter all the flavors came together in a delicious way. I’ll be making this gain for sure. 🙂

      However, I will add 1/2 lemon juice, 1.5 tbsps sugar, and a 1/4 cup coconut. Even if you don’t like coconut, you will like it in this dish!

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