One of the things widely eaten in Nepal after the festival of Tihar is, Bhogate Sandheko. Bhogate is called Pomelo (Chinese grapefruit) in English and is used in Nepal during Mha Puja and Bhai Tika. Bhogate Sandheko roughly translates to marinated pomelo in English.
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Pomelo is a crisp citrus fruit native to South and Southeast Asia. It is usually pale green to yellow when ripe, with sweet white (or, more rarely, pink or red) flesh and very thick albedo (rind pith).
Pomelo tastes a bit like grapefruit but is sweeter, less tart, and is not bitter. In Australia, we can’t find pomelo so the closest thing to Bhogate is grapefruit which is what I used in Bhai Tika during Tihar.
So like my mum used to, I tried to make Bhogate Sadekoo and am sharing my recipe here.
- 1 grapefruit/pomelo
- 2 oranges (I used oranges but you can use any fruit)
- 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt
- 2 teaspoon of red chili powder (or to taste)
- 2 tablespoon of sesame seeds, roasted and ground
- Salt to taste
- Sugar to taste (optional)
- 2 teaspoons of mustard oil
- 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- Peal grapefruit/pomelo and oranges and put it in a bowl .
- Roast sesame seeds in a pan stirring constantly making sure it turns golden brown, not black.
- Cool it and grind it.
- Add yogurt, salt, sugar, sesame powder, red chili powder in the bowl with the pomelo and oranges and mix well
- Heat a pan with mustard oil in it
- When hot put fenugreek seeds in it
- When the fenugreek seeds turn golden brown, take it off the heat and pour oil with fenugreek into the Bhogate mixture in the bowl
- Mix it well
- Bhogate Sandheko is ready to serve, yum yum yum 🙂