Sweet and Tart with the pungent onion, refreshing cilantro leaves and heat from fresh green chili, the Bengali Style Pomelo Salad is called Jambura Makha or Batabi Lebu Makha. There are few other different version of this Bengali style Pomelo Salad, but this is the simplest one, and you will absolutely love it.
Pomelo Salad - Jambura Makha or Batabi Lebu Makha
Jambura Makha, the Bengali style Pomelo Salad, takes me back to my childhood days at my Aunt's house. She had a couple huge Pomelo Trees and every afternoon, my cousin would make Jambura Makha as an evening snack.
As a kid, I was a very picky eater and I have very few happy food memories. This Jambura Makha somehow lingered around and even after so many years, those afternoons and a bowl of sweet tart Jambura Makha makes me smile.
It was only very recently that I learned about this citrus fruit called Pomelo. Although I was exactly sure if it would taste the same, I gave it a go.
What is Pomelo ?
If you never tried Pomelo before, you absolutely must. It is similar to grapefruit, but sweeter and larger.
The flesh is either a light shade of green or yellow, and the pulp is either pink or off white.
This citrus fruit has a lot of health benefits! It is said that one Pomelo packs several days’ worth of Vitamin C
It is a such a great snack and makes a great addition to your winter salad.
Ingredients forPomelo Salad - Jambura Makha
Red or white onion
Fresh cilantro leaves
The base salad is so good that you probably won't need anything else, but you can definitely add other things too. You can add some sliced apple, roasted root vegetables, fried tofu or even stir fried shrimp.
The overall taste of this Batabi Lebu Makha will instantly elevate the taste bud. The fresh green chili adds a subtle heat which goes so well with refreshing juicy sweet and tart pulps.
This winter, grab a Pomelo and give this salad a try. You will love it!
Pomelo Salad - Bengali Style
- 1 pomelo
- ¼ cup chopped red onion
- ¼ chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 green chili (finely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 and ½ teaspoon sugar (add more if the Pomelo tastes too tart)
- There are various different ways to peel a Pomelo. The fruit has a thick skin but soft skin, so I prefer to discard that first that then slowly remove the pulps in chunks. Watch the video to understand the technique better.
- Based on how your choice, you can either keep some pulps in chunks like I did or separate into smaller bites.
- To the pomelo pulps, add the rest of the ingredients and using your hand give it a mix. Enjoy it right away, or let it rest for a while for the salt and sugar to do its job and make the salad tastier.