1 April 2014

Spicy Pomelo Salad - Recipe from my childhood!!

When was the last time you tasted pomelo? Or rather, when was the last time you saw a pomelo fruit? :). Last weekend, we drove down to Bangalore, and just upon reaching the city that holds a lot of memories for us, there at the roadside were a line of tables with men selling pomelo! I was ecstatic! And i picked up a couple on my way back to Hyderabad. So, here is a fiery salad recipe made from a super refreshing winter fruit to welcoming the fiery Hyderabad summer.

This is a simple but spicy pomelo salad recipe that will keep your mouth watering for a long, long time. Let me warn you, if you make it, you are enjoying it at your own risk and yours truly holds no responsibility to/for what happens to you afterward. :)

For those of you who are not aware of this fruit, pomelo fruit has two varieties, one is this sunshiny peachy pink ones that i have today, and the other variety is one with a white pulp, that looks a lot like sweet-lime. Both are equally great, but somehow, my preference has always been for this bright, happy, sunshiny peachy pink variety. Depending on the amount of sunlight the fruit tree received, some can taste a little astringent if grown in the shade. But no matter how it taste, sour, sweet or astringent, there is nothing that sugar, salt and green chillies cannot fix.

My excitement for this fruit, i guess, stems from its association with memories of happy childhood winter days, climbing up on the kitchen roof, one or two big pomelo fruit in hand, enjoying it as it is, or making a salad like today's recipe. Time definitely ran at a slower pace those days, life was carefree and days were spent having reckless fun. I grew up to a backyard that had a lot of fruit trees, guavas, lemons, peaches, pomelos, super sour grapes, passion fruit etc.. fruits for every season and life was just great fun! 

Lately i have been grieving a little, thinking that my son will grow up deprived of experiencing a bit of the laid back, fun filled village life that i enjoyed. He will not know or get to taste the number of fruits and vegetable that i grew up on, this i know because my husband's first experience to enjoying this fruit was after our wedding, at my cousin's place, where we were served a basket full of pomelo freshly plucked from the tree in her backyard. Until that time, he had not heard, seen or tasted this amazing fruit. Shocking right!

Anyway, here is the recipe for this simple, spicy and amazingly refreshing pomelo salad. Hope you try it out soon. 

Pomelo Pulp - About 500 gms
Sugar - 3-4 Tbsp
Salt - 1 Tbsp
Green Chillies - 3-4, sliced

Take out the fruit pulp and keep aside in a bowl. Add the sugar, salt and chillies. Then, with your hand, mix, squeeze and crush the pulp and everything together till the juice or what i like to call, spicy nectar, fill the base of the vessel. All you got to do then is to take a spoon and just slurp up this refreshing goodness. Enjoy!