Friday, October 5, 2012

Fruit chaat

The weather in Ahmedabad for about 9 months in a year fluctuates between hot, really hot and ridiculously hot. Between December and February, its pleasantly cold, especially late evenings and early mornings.
When we just moved here, it was the 'ridiculously hot' time of the year. And coming from Bangalore, that was unimaginable heat.

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October is the time for the second summer (I really could do with just one) and the last couple of days have been bad.
Its always more difficult to eat regular hot food during summers and the body craves for liquids and cold food
I made this fruit chaat that was so soothing. It was my mid morning snack and my dinner. You could have it as a salad. Many fruits go well together in a fruit chaat - guavas and bananas work best. I used what I had at home and substituted fresh grapes with some raisins.

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Quite predictably, TH didn't even want to try it. Fruits and TH have this complicated relationship. If he is to ever have it, it needs to be in the form of a fruit salad loaded with cream or ice cream, or with custard, or a pudding or something with a higher calorific count
The little one turned up his nose when he saw this and said it smelled spicy and that he didn't like spicy fruits, so I enjoyed a whole bowl of it for dinner.

This is the way Ma makes it. Its really simple, just that I am too lazy to cut those fruits up to make this. But I'm hoping I'll make it more often. I really enjoyed it. The black salt really adds the zing to these fruits.

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Fruit Chaat

What you need -

2 bananas
2 guavas
2 apples
1/2 a pomegranate (or more)
2-3 tbsps raisins (use fresh grapes instead)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp roasted jeera powder
a pinch of pepper powder
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black salt (kala namak)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp chaat masala
(You can use any other fruits like pineapple or papaya)

What you do with it -

Clean and chop the apples and guavas into bite sized pieces
Remove the pomegranate seeds
Peel the bananas. Slice lengthwise and then cut into pieces
Place all the cut fruits in a bowl and sprinkle lemon juice over it (This helps it from turning brownish in colour)
Add the jeera powder, pepper powder, chaat masala, salt and sugar
Refrigerate. Tastes great when its cold.


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This fruit chaat is great, espcially as snack instead of those fried foods.

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ashishk said...

The humble bowl of fruits sounds and looks so appetizing. Great for a later night snack.
The visuals and the write up are truly kick-ass!!

amna said...

i bought chaat masala just to make this, but well... that was almost a year back. the day has still not arrived :D

Anonymous said...

Oh, this reminds me of summers in Rajasthan, there were days when I would eat nothing else but this (with different seasonings) and raita. Love your pics. :)

great-secret-of-life said...

I brought chat masala sometime ago now I need to check.. Lovely fruit chat

Unknown said...

Fruits are a saviuor when ur craving sweets and not easting sugar!!Hope things cool off soon ...

Archana said...

Love this chat.
It is yum.
I am hosting Fast Food Not Fat Food The Oil/Butter Challenge 1st Sept to 15th Oct ’12. Do send me your entries

Prathima Rao said...

sweet fruits spiced up!!! Love it...totally!!! So neatly presented Archana..Makes a lovely, quick & refreshing snack :)

btw, reg the request, yes I am on the hunt for a bakarwadi recipe but i actually meant kachori..sowie, the type rajasthanis or gujarathis make..And thx Archana for your immediate response to it :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

love it... I used to eat loads of this in Delhi... yum memories for me!

Claire said...

This looks fantastic. Perfect for a after evening snack. It's very healthy and tasty to eat yumm!!


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