you like fruits?
so do i
you like chaat?
so do i
hmmm…. so if we combine fruits & chaat… then what do we get?
answer – fruit chaat
that was easy & and no prizes for guessing that…
so is not fruit chaat a fruit salad?
nope… in fruit salad there is no spicy or savory factor. in fruit chaat even the fruits become laden with a hint of spice.
the spice powders that are mainly used are:
- chaat masala
- roasted cumin powder
- red chili powder
the fruits retain their sweetness and yet are spicy and tangy to taste.
another difference… the fruit chaat which is a popular street food in north india & pakistan has tuber roots along with the fruits – mainly potatoes and sweet potatoes – cooked my friend, not raw…
i asked hubby as he has grown up & lived in delhi… as to what are the fruits that make up in the chaat. his answer was the common fruits are papaya, banana, oranges, pomegranate, grapes, apples & pineapple.
so my next question was – are the potatoes fried or boiled? to which he replied the sweet potatoes are boiled and the regular potatoes are fried…. giving a lot of emphasis to the fried potatoes
i know know hubby… you don’t want boiled potatoes in your fruit chaat just coz you don’t like them…
so just to keep him happy… i shallow fried potatoes for the chaat.
but weight and diet watchers – you can boil the potatoes instead of frying them…. happy
to sum up i have also had fruit chaat in mumbai. but in mumbai we call it fruit salad and not chaat. only fruits are used – no tubers… just sprinkled with some chaat masala & black salt.
so now after reading this post and seeing the nice pics, it is time for you to head in your kitchen and make a spicy fruit chaat.
a good news for me – yay…. i wrote to the famous international culinary magazine ‘honest cooking‘ and they have accepted me as a contributor. after many days of thought, i decided to write to them. i could have written to them earlier also but i was in a whirlwind of work, family and what not.
it feel great to be a part of an international online culinary magazine like ‘honest cooking‘ whose ambition is to truly change the face of online food media. they feature over 200 of the world’s most interesting food & beverage writers, bloggers, photographers and chefs, in a magazine that aims to become the leading and most inspiring place for serious culinary debate, salivating recipes, interesting food news and international food-fun. they want to be smaller, quicker, funnier, smarter and more interesting than all of the current established food websites.
am glad and this fruit chaat post is my first post on ‘honest cooking’.
note: make use of seasonal fruits or whatever fruits are available in your area, like for eg, i used mangoes in the chaat. also i added fruits which i had in the kitchen.
also some contributions to add from one of the blog readers huma ahmed who is originally from lahore, pakistan. huma says that the chaat which they make in their household and all the people she knows of…. they make it with seasonal fruits.
potatoes are mainly used with chaana chaat or dahi pakoris. boiled sweet potatoes by themselves with lemon juice and chaat masaala. if it is orange season, then orange juice is squeezed on the fruits and if not in the season then ready made orange juice is added.
summer is the best season for the fruits. since ramadan is going to start from next week so this fruit chaat is a staple at the time of breaking fast. they use mangoes, apples, grapes, bananas, peaches, plums, apricots, pomegranate/anaar, guavas etc, with lemon juice, orange juice, and chaat masala.