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Spiced Up Fruit Salad
Fruit Chaat is basically a spiced-up fruit salad that offers the aroma of a unique spice that blends with the fruits mixture. In shorts, it’s a more interesting way to eat your fruit salad. Plus, the spices can offer some benefits to our health in general.
And this type of salad is common among the cuisines from the Indian sub-continent. Every Indian, Pakistani, Bengali will have their own version of fruit chaat. But the essence is the same. It’s a fruit salad with a generous sprinkle of spices.
Fruit Chaat Masala
The spices mix itself is what you call fruit chaat masala. And it may vary from one to another as some may use more ingredients than others.
The recipe I’m sharing here is based on what I have enjoyed and learned from my Pakistani family and friends. Hence, the title is fruit chaat recipe Pakistani style.
And the chaat masala that I often use is the Laziza brand. Though I sometimes use Shan as well. But really, I prefer making my own chaat masala that tastes superior to the shop-bought one because it doesn’t have any additives.
If you don’t have many varieties of spices in stock, you can always use fewer varieties of spices. The easy ones are red chilli powder, black pepper and cinnamon as these three spices are almost always existent in most kitchens.
Whatever Fruits You Love
Just like any salad, you can use and mix any fruits you love. Though the basic ones that almost always go to this Pakistani fruit salad are bananas, apple, pear, grapes and oranges/ clementines.
Yet, in this recipe, I use a slightly different mix. To show how far you can go in terms of choosing and combining your fruits.
As an idea, you would want to balance the texture of your salad. So you want a nice mixture of hard fruits and soft fruits.
In my households, the hard fruits will be apples and pears.
But when it comes to soft fruits, the choices are endless. The fruit types that we have used are mango, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, nectarines, peaches, pineapple, clementines, oranges, and (very rarely) bananas. Yes, my kids are not keen on having bananas in fruit salad, so I often opt it out. But of course, you’re more than welcome to put bananas in your salad.
A Twist Of Traditional Fruit Chaat
You may come across other recipes that offer more simplicity by using nothing but a fruit mixture and spices.
And that’s what I learned the first time I had this Pakistani style fruit salad.
But I find it slightly boring and my kids don’t really fancy it. So I made a twist.
I add a mixture of mango pulp and orange juice for the dressing. And what a little tweak with a big punchy flavour this dressing makes. My fruit chaat is more deliciously delightful and simply moreish.
Just Throw All The Ingredients In A Bowl
Yup. That’s how you make the salad in general anyway, right?
You just wash, peel, cut or chop your fruits.
Then mix all the dressing ingredients.
Lastly, sprinkle the spices.
As simple as that.
When To Enjoy Your Spicy Fruit Salad
Traditionally my family and friends will have fruit chaat at iftar (breaking the fast) time in Ramadan almost every day. I think the idea is to make sure the 5 a day intake after the long hours of fasting.
However, you can always enjoy this spiced-up fruit salad any day and anytime.
Thank you for reading the post. Are you thinking of trying this recipe now? I hope so. And when you do try, it will be great if you could share what you think about it in the comments below.
Before you go, don’t forget to check my other refreshing salad recipes that you may like.
- Apple, melon, and pineapple salad with balsamic vinegar dressing.
- Cucumber and tomato salad.
- Rujak Serut: Indonesian sweet potato slaw with tamarind dressing.
- Asinan Jakarta: Indonesian crispy salad with spicy peanut and tamarind dressing.
Thank you and all the best.
A spiced-up fruit salad that offers the aroma of a unique spice that blend with the mixture of fruits. In other words, it’s a fruit salad with a generous sprinkle of spices.
Chaat masala is made of a mixture of several different spices such as Red Chilli, Salt, Roasted Cumin Powder, Sugar, Black Pepper, Clove, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves, Cardamom, Star Anise, and Dried Ginger.
You can enhance and spice up the fruit by adding some spices such as Red Chilli, Salt, Roasted Cumin Powder, Sugar, Black Pepper, Clove, Cinnamon, Dried Ginger, etc.
If you don’t have many varieties of spices in stock, you can always use fewer varieties. The easy ones are dried ginger, black pepper and cinnamon as these three spices are almost always existent in most kitchens.