½ cupchopped bananaor 2 medium-sized, chopped in ½ inch rounds
1cupchopped mangoesor 1 medium to large, chopped in ½ to 1 inch cubes
1cupchopped applesor 1 large, chopped in ½ to 1 inch cubes
1cupsweet potatoes- boiled, peeled and chopped in ½ to 1 inch cubes or 2 small sweet potatoes - optional
1cupchopped potatochopped in ½ to 1 inch cubes or 1 large potato - can boil potatoes instead of frying
2teaspoonslemon juiceor add as required
1teaspoonroasted cumin powder
½ teaspoonred chili powderor cayenne pepper, add as required
½teaspoonblack saltor add as required
Before you make the fruit chaat, boil the sweet potatoes and fry the potatoes. You can boil or steam the sweet potatoes in an Instant pot or a steamer or a stovetop pressure cooker adding water as required.
Rinse the potatoes in fresh water. Peel and chop them in ½ to 1 inch cubes. Heat ½ cup of oil or as required for frying the potatoes in a pan.
When the oil becomes medium hot add the potatoes. Fry them until lught golden or golden.
Place the fried potatoes on kitchen paper towels to absorb excess oil.
Chop the fruits. If you want you can rub a bit of lemon juice on the banana slices and apple cubes so that they don't get browned and also gives a sour hint to the fruits.
In a bowl add the chopped fruits one by one. Add the boiled sweet potato cubes and the fried potatoes.
Add lemon juice. For the best taste use fresh lemon juice.
Add all the spice powders and black salt or reqular salt to taste. Toss and mix well so that the ground spices and seasonings coat the fruits and tubers.
Check the seasonings and add more salt or lemon juice if necessary.
Serve fruit chaat garnished with some mint leaves.
Use seasonal fruits to make this chaat.
You can add fruits like mangoes, apples, grapes, papaya, strawberries, bananas, peaches, oranges, plums, kiwifruit, apricots, pomegranate, pineapple, guava and sapota.
Adjust the red chili powder according to your preferences. For a spicy fruit chaat you can add 1 teaspoon of red chili powder.
Sweet potatoes add a nice soft texture and sweet taste. If you don't have sweet potatoes then you can skip adding them. But do add the regular potatoes. You can choose either to fry them or steam or boil them.
You can make this recipe for Hindu fasting days also. But do choose to add the spices according to the fasting rules your family follows. I would suggest omitting red chili powder if you are fasting and add a bit of black pepper powder instead.
The recipe can be scaled to make a big batch for parties.