| Prep Time: 10 mins
| Cook Time: 0 mins
| Total Time: 10 mins
You may need: Dried Garlic Powder
Savory, a little tart, sometimes sweet, and often salty, 'Chaats' are spiced snacks or small plates that you'll definitely want to seek out in Indian restaurants to sample. More than that, chaats represent an entire category of food, ubiquitous throughout India from street carts to restaurants to the home dinner table. They represent a common thread in an extremely diverse culinary universe of South Asian food. Similar to Spanish Tapas, there is a wide variety of recipes and ingredients that can be made into chaats. They are often a combination of crunchy fried legumes like chickpeas, vegetables, potatoes or sweet potatoes, and/or fruit. The common denominator is that they are all dusted with a magical spice blend called Chaat Masala, which elevates the snack to another level by adding an irresistible combination of sweet, salty, sour, and umami tastes.
This fruit chaat recipe takes only minutes to prepare and delivers a delicious sweet-sour-savory chaat experience that will blow your Western mind. Chop up fresh mint and squeeze a fresh lime for an exotic fruit salad that will please the whole family. Our chaat masala blend is salt-free so you can season to your liking.
1 nectarine, thinly sliced
handful of green grapes, halved
1 peach, thinly sliced
1 plum, thinly sliced
handful of blueberries
1 orange, peeled and thinly sliced
2 sprigs of mint, roughly chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
handful of strawberries, thinly sliced
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated (optional)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
1/2 tsp Piquant Post Chaat Masala spice
Fruit Chaat is flexible enough to be a snack, dessert, side dish or even a meal (especially if you add heartier legumes like chickpeas or vegetables like cooked beets and carrots).
Chaat Masala has a little salt blended into it. We use a traditional-style black salt, which is salt that has been mixed with the highest quality activated charcoal, a natural antitoxin and digestive aid.
We suggest starting with 1/2 tsp of Chaat Masala to get started. But we're confident that many of you, like us, will want to keep a small dish of it table-side so that everyone can sprinkle a little more over their dish to their liking.
The tartness of Chaat Masala comes from "Amchoor" powder, made from (unripened) green mangoes. Sweet, ripe fruit with a little tart flavor from Amchoor is absolutely delicious.
Lastly, optional ingredients add a little character and flavor but don’t sweat it if you don’t have them.
Fruit Chaat is best prepared with whatever fruit is ripe and in-season. We used stone fruit like black plum, peaches, and white nectarines and green grapes because it's the end of summer in Northern California.
Try adding dried or roasted chickpeas, white beans, pomegranate seeds, or roasted potatoes to this recipe for a twist.
Other ideas for using Piquant Post Chaat Masala: sprinkle over mixed nuts, fresh cucumber slices with mint, or roasted corn or potatoes.
Use Chaat Masala as the spice blend to make many other traditional Indian Chaat dishes. Check out this link to other recipes using Chaat Masala.
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