A bowl of shallot salad

Chefs love to talk food. And, we love to know what they are cooking – both professionally and at home. We always ask about their favourite dishes. Often, they are amazingly simple recipes like this Quick and Easy Shallot Salad.

This is a dish that one of the CGH Earth Experience Hotel‘s chefs – Francis Noble of Brunton Boatyard – shared. You might remember, he taught us how to make Keralan Chicken Ishtoo (Stew).

Anyway, chef Francis got a smile on his face when we asked him about it. “This Quick and Easy Shallot Salad was something I made for my college roommates when we lived on a very low budget,” he said, “But, that doesn’t matter, those were great times and it’s still my favourite.” Taste it and you’ll see why!

Quick and Easy Shallot Salad Recipe

2 servings (easily multiplied)


5 – 6 shallots, cut in lengthwise slices
½ lime, juiced and juice reserved
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons tamarind chutney
½ teaspoon paprika
Salt – to taste


  1. Place the shallot slices, lime juice, coconut oil, tamarind chutney, paprika and salt in a bowl and toss to coat evenly.
  2. Enjoy with your favourite curries or with naan or appams as a snack.

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