Tuesday, October 27, 2009

northeastern grapefruit salad


The grapefruit i had in my garden this season were not their best of color due to the excessive hot and dry summer...the time they were growing bigger , and seeing their shrunk size i was thinking may be they wouldn't have much flesh and juice in them....so when i had the first one drop by itself with a thud....i wasn't very excited......the skin was not shiny and fresh and somehow i thought, what it may have inside.....when i halved the first one it was a pale pink color which was again a big disappointment .....the segments looked juicy, though a bit smaller and when i tasted it......i was surprised!!!

The taste was perfectly normal....they are naturally not very sweet , but with a fresh citrus note and sweet sour taste , they are a good addition to a salad.....

I was happy and got thinking that we should learn from this fruit one thing.....whatever the whether.....do your best...so what if you don't look perfect all the time....your core values should remain the same........

Earlier i had never bought this fruit for no apparent reason , i had only tasted it with fruit salads which are sold by street vendors at touristy places .....so when this time it was growing in our garden i started using in different typed of salads.......some people told me that they are pickled too but i never tried.....tell me if you have any about it's pickle......

One of my brother's friends who is from Shillong ,was visiting my place last year and when he saw this tree in my garden he told me they use the leaves for lentil soups etc...and he made a salad with the fruit which was cooked....i had never thought of  a warm salad with this fruit.....but the taste was so yumm that i have repeated this recipe so many times after that.....

The recipe is simple .... separate the segments and the fibers of the fruit ( this is the only time taking process) , a cup of fruit segments will be enough to serve two as a side dish .....take the segments in a microwave safe bowl and pour a few drops of mustard oil into it ( mustard oil??? i thought first...but it is yummy..) you can use EVVO if you wish , 2 finely chopped green chillies , 1 tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt....mix well and microwave for just one minute on high......it can be steamed for a minute too...

it's done ....serve warm and enjoy.......this is a recipe which is repeated many times in my kitchen and we love it........the mustard oil gives it a punch and green chillies are oh so delicious when they hit your tongue....


I tried it with sweet lime and it was good too....just do not add sugar and it's almost as good as this one.........so don't worry if you do not have grapefruits available...


Chopped cucumbers and cubed apples with some chopped nuts make a nice addition to make it a stand alone lunch....it makes a happy and fresh salad always........

One more salad using this wonderful fruit is coming in my next post...stay tuned........

3 comments:

  1. Dear Sangeeta
    This reminds me of childhood days...I don't know what is grapefruit ..but we used to use big lemon family fruits about 8 inch dia called " Batabi lebu" , not too sour and slight sweet touch...yummi

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  2. Dear Ushnish..
    yes it is batabi lebu and this is the first time in my life that i amusing it so profusely....i had a gondhoraj lebu tree in my Dhanbad garden and i used to make the most decadent lemon cakes n tarts from those beauties...

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  3. This is the exact same recipe of Baatabi lebu makha minus bruised gondhoraaj lebu leaves and black salt. And of course the lebu maakha is not served warm. Some trees in local gardens have more than 50 fruits at a time. Also i heard boys in villages played foot ball with the fruit probably the very sour inedible one. The thick rind is helping my compost pile as I have been eating them for the past 3 months.

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