Spicy Mandarin Salad (Suntala Sadeko!)

My eyes being bigger than my stomach, I bought a large bag full of mandarin oranges. They were not as sweet as I expected, so, I made mandarin salad out of them and fed them to my husband. In Nepal, we make this type of salad using fruits like pummelos (will post in the future) and oranges. Nepali culture is pretty laid back and during winter, people make these salads, then sit on the roof of their house and enjoy them together.

12 small mandarins chopped
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon curry powder
Salt to taste
2-3 tablespoon white sugar (honey to substitute sugar)
3 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. Peel mandarins and cut them into halves and place them in a large bowl.

2. Heat oil in a small pan. Once the oil is heated, add mustard seeds and frengrueek seeds.

4. Cook until they turn dark.

5. Add curry powder.

7. Mix well and cook for 1/2 mins.

8. Add spicy oil into the bowl.

8. Add cayenne pepper, salt and sugar.

10. Mix well.

11. Ready to Serve!


  1. iswar says:

    adding some sesame powder will double its taste

    • sherpanichef says:

      Thank you Iswar for visiting and the comment. Our blog is dedicated to making recipe as easy as possible and suitable for everyone. Some people are allergic to sesame seeds, but that is a good option for those who like it. Yogurt is also a good addition as long as you are not lactose intolerant.

  2. brought back lot of memories from Nepal looking at this suntala

  3. Isha says:

    What Exactly is curry powder? Is it Garam masala or dhaniyajeera powder ?

    • sherpanichef says:

      Curry powder is a mixture of spices. It is similar to garam masala or sambar masala, but the one I use is a mixture of turmeric, cumin and coriander. You can buy curry powder anywhere in the US, but I am not sure how common it is in the rest of the world. I might have to use turmeric and cumin powder more in my recipe. Good question Isha! And in this recipe, you can use just turmeric.