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Cold Spiced Grapes

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I never thought a grape recipe could excite me until I tried the Bangladeshi recipe!

Bangladeshi Recipes - spiced grapes

Be prepared for a party to take over your mouth

“Check out this grape recipe I’m making for lunch.” I said earlier this morning to my wife Caroline. She looked at my recipe and replied that it sounded absolutely disgusting. Caroline is right about a lot of things, but this time she got it very wrong. We loved this simple recipe so much I decided to sit down and post it to my blog immediately.

This is a traditional Bangladeshi recipe that you are unlikely to see in most curry houses. That said, my friend Mo – the head chef at Indian Diner ‘Table Talk‘ assures me that these grapes go very well with a curry.

Just look at the ingredients… Sweet seedless grapes, sour lemon juice, spicy hot red chilli powder and savoury flaky Maldon salt. It’s rare to find a recipe with so many different taste sensations and so few ingredients.

I’m asking you nicely here… don’t just write the recipe off like Caroline almost did. Give it a try. It’s more like candy than a fruit salad.

Yield: 4

Cold Spiced Grapes - A Traditional Bangladeshi Recipe

Cold Spiced Grapes - A Traditional Bangladeshi Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • A bunch of seedless green grapes cut in halves
  • The juice of 1/2 lemon
  • A pinch of Maldon Salt
  • A pinch of red chilli powder
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander


  1. Place the grapes in a bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Enjoy!

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Saturday 30th of April 2022

Hi Dan, I’m Novera, and my home country is Bangladesh. I liked your grape recipe and surely suits in our Bangladeshi palates. However, this grape recipe is surely Not a traditional recipe; surely Not with grapes, Maldon salt, and lemon. I’ll tell you why; the ingredients are certainly Not Bangladeshi local, these are foreign items, lemon and Maldon salt—never seen them in Bangladesh and never seen anyone made it in BD. This dish can not be BD traditional. Lets call it Bangladesh American Fusion. If you really want the Bangladeshi traditional fruit dish then here it is. The most Bangladeshi Traditional one is with ripe yellow or raw green mangos, thinly cut up length wise add few pinches of red ground pepper, Black salt (bit lobon), if the mango is too sweet then add lime juice if its too tart then add sugar. Mix it with hand. Of course people make variations but I gave you the 100% traditional recipe. Another one is Mango with dijon mustard with lime juice and black salt and pinch of sugar is a master traditional Bangladeshi recipe. Now that I’m in America, I do the first recipe with red pepper with strawberries, and kiwi sometimes. Another traditional fruit is using Guavas. I will certainly try with your grapes this time. Nice to meet you. Thank you.

Dan Toombs

Sunday 8th of May 2022

Thank you for the information, really interesting. Dan


Monday 25th of June 2018

Would this recipe work with Purple seeded grapes? My Husband bought so many we need to do something with them so as not to waste any.

Dan Toombs

Monday 14th of January 2019

Hi Ashley

Go for it. If it sounds good, it probably will be. :-)



Sunday 1st of April 2018

Sounds good to me! Must. Make. Soon. It'll help ke not feel bad about buying up all the grapes when they go on sale, since I can't shop rationally in the summer. So much produce, so little fridge space. Thanks for a new idea!

Dan Toombs

Monday 30th of April 2018

Thank you Rebecca. It's so simple and I love the recipe. Hope you do too.


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