Three ways to Indian pomelo salad – Chakotra chaat.

Being the largest grapefruit has its own advantages. It is not very common and this creates unique regional recipes. Being regional it takes various names in the local languages. Kambili naranga in Malayalam, Robab Tenga in Assamese, Bablimas in Tamil, Batabi Lebu or Jambura in Bengali, Bogate in Nepalese and chakotra in Hindi. They are all the same pomelo.
Today we have three varieties of the Indian pomelo salad, chakotra chaat. All three are gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free and zero oil.

Uttharakhand Chakotra chaat

Though there are not many ingredients in this regional chaat recipe that is a highlight during the winter months. The fresh green garlic pounded with spicy chilli and black salt creates a distinct flavour. The burst of sweet tangy juice from the pomelo pearls seals the love for chakotra chaat. This is the recipe in the recipe card

Assamese Robab Tenga

Another version of this is the Assam style preparation. Robab Tenga or pomelo is simply the arils drizzled with mustard oil with crushed chillies, a pinch of sugar and chopped coriander leaves.

Make it the Bengali way Batabi lebu makha

The difference with this version is the use of kasundi or mustard sauce. At first, segment the pomelo, say about a cup.  Crush salt sbd Green chillies together and mix them in. Add a tsp of sugar and about a tsp of kasundi. Mix well and batabi lebu makha is ready.
We have a couple of Bengali recipes in this blog that may interest you.
Plastic chutney – Candied raw papaya  chutney.
Dudh shukto – Mixed vegetable curry with milk.

Here is a bit more about the ingredients

Pomelo – Citrus maxima, is the largest grapefruit variety in the world. The flesh comes in two colours- Pink and yellow. Unique by flavour with grapefruit-like taste, yet milder this fruit has been a favourite if ours. Read more about pomelo in this post – Pomelo.
Black salt – with a sulphurous pungent smell, the Himalayan black salt is an essential ingredient in chaat recipes. The iron compounds in it give a deep colour to this rocks salt, which upon grinding becomes a pink powder.
Green garlic – the young, not mature garlic is the green garlic. It is a winter harvest and used a lot of Pahadi cooking. I did not have access to green garlic so have substituted it with garlic scapes.
Green chilli – the heat from the chilli is essential to this chaat recipe. So use Serrano or Bird’s eye chilli to make this recipe. If you are not a fan, remove the seeds from the Serrano pepper and use it.

Betabi lebu makha

Chakotra chaat.

Spicy chaat with pomelo and green garlic is a no oil added, gluten free, citrus salad.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Snacks, Soups and salad, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Indian, Medicinal, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


  • 2 cups pomelo
  • 1 medium green chilli
  • 2-3 pieces black salt
  • 4-5 garlic scapes


  • Seperate the pomelo segments and remove the pearls.
  • Separate out the pearls as much as you can and not have clumps.
  • Add to a mixing bowl.
  • Pound together the black salt, green garlic scapes and the green chillies.
  • Mix this with the pomelo.
  • The chaat is ready.
    Betabi lebu makha
Keyword no cook recipes,, Pomelo recipes
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Expert tip to get the perfect chaat each time

The key point in balancing the flavours in all these recipes is to first taste the pomelo and decide how sweet it is. You should also note the tangy taste and the bitter flavours. This is what we are looking at to create a balance when we make the Indian pomelo salad.

More recipes with pomelo

Pomelo raita – the cooling combination of pomelo in spiced yogurt.
Kambili naranga achar – A spicy pickle with pomelo.
Citrus punch – Get the best of juiced pomelo in this citrus blend.

If you are looking for a chaat recipe here are a few.

Pineapple chaat- Bengaluru style pineapple with sweet and spicy notes.

Tomato slice chaat – Slice up some tomatoes ad add all the chaat elements to make a quick snack chaat.

Strawberry bhelpuri – A unique blend of sour strawberries and crunchy murmura.

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7 years ago

Mildly Indian, I tried this recipe and this is excellent. Thank you.

Poonam bachhav
6 years ago

This looks super refreshing !

1 year ago

I’ve never thought to shred the segments in this way but it makes the salad look so pretty. Great idea.

1 year ago

This was delicious. It had so much flavour.

1 year ago
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This looks amazing, and I have never heard of anything like this before! Keen to try it – what would you recommend serving it with?

1 year ago

This looks sooo yummy and refreshing!! And so simple too. Can’t wait to try it!

Dina and Bruce
1 year ago

I adore grapefruit, and this recipe is something so unique! What a great dish!

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