Fruit Chaat / Indian Fruit Salad

Fruit Chaat / Tropical Summer Fruit Salad

Summer brings with it many beautiful things if one looks beyond the terrible heat waves.

One thing I really love is the fruits we get during this season. Strawberries, pears, mangoes, bananas, apples, chickoos, grapes and so many more. Strawberries come from cooler places like Mahabaleshwar, a hill station close to Mumbai, grapes come from neighbouring Nashik and mangoes from different regions of Maharashtra. Spring fruits come to us all the way from Himachal and Kashmir but remain fresh thanks to better storage facilities. All this variety is thanks to the Sub-continent's tropical climate and geographical location.

Fruits being rich in water, minerals and vitamins as well as trace elements provide the right balance during Summer months. I use hapoos or alphonso variety of mangoes as these local delights from Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg regions of Maharashtra are considered the best variety and are available in plenty though a tad more expensive than other varieties, some of which are as good. Substitute any variety that is best available to you. I use chaat masala pounded by my local 'Pandit Bhel Puri Waalah' as he makes the best blend I have had till date. Use this recipe from the 'Indian Food Forever' site to make your own chaat masala blend at home as it comes pretty close to what I used to make.



Recipe: Tropical Summer Fruit Salad ~ Fruit Chaat
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Serves : 3-4
Recipe Level: Easy/ Beginner
Recipe/Post by: Sunshinemom

Ingredients Needed:

1 cup Ripe firm mango (I used hapoos/alphonso), diced into cubes
1 cup Apple, diced
1 Banana (I use elaichi kela, a local variety), sliced thick
1/2 Kiwi fruit (optional), diced
1/2 cup green grapes, chopped and de-seeded
1/4 cup red wine grapes, halved and de-seeded
1/2 cup chickoo, diced
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon (optional)
3-4 strawberries, chopped
A generous sprinkling of dried Mint leaves (optional but it adds a kick)
Chaat masala sprinkled as per taste (About 1/8 tsp.)
Black salt/pink salt /kaala namak - 2 pinches to taste

Method to prepare:
  • Mix the fruits together with the rest of the ingredients
  • Add lemon juice if you like (I do not like the tang so omit it.)
  • Serve chilled.

Fruit Chaat / Indian Fruit Salad
Fruit Chaat / Tropical Summer Fruit Salad

Special Notes/Tips:

  • Include local fruits as per availability.
  • Musk melon works but water melon dilutes the taste of other fruits.
  • If adding orange, reduce or omit lime juice.
  • Add oregano or thyme instead of chaat masala.
Sending this to Indrani's Summer Food and Drinks event & Usha's Healthy Inspirations Event - Salads


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    15 comments

    1. nivedita // 12 April 2010 at 23:05  

      Hi
      Beautiful photo.Just right for the summer season.

    2. Madhuri // 12 April 2010 at 23:21  

      Adding dried mint leaves sounds interesting.
      Well, Awesome composition.

    3. Divya Vikram // 12 April 2010 at 23:48  

      Pretty! Great way to beat the heat!

    4. meeso // 13 April 2010 at 00:35  

      Beautiful salad, delicious I am sure!

    5. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal // 13 April 2010 at 00:54  

      It looks so colorful and appetizing

    6. Premalatha Aravindhan // 13 April 2010 at 06:48  

      Delicious salad and nice clicks too...

    7. Sharmilee! :) // 13 April 2010 at 09:51  

      Perfect for summer!

    8. Nithya // 13 April 2010 at 13:41  

      Looks absolutely tempting. I love the clicks a lot. Seem to be a pro in photography :) Great going.

      I am not too sure if I have been here before. But will be back often. You have a lovely space. :)

      You are most welcome to my blogs too.

      Nithya
      www.4thsensecooking.com
      www.nitsarts.blogspot.com

    9. Vidhya // 13 April 2010 at 14:14  

      looks yummy

    10. egglesscooking // 13 April 2010 at 18:03  

      I would love to have that colorful bowl of salad. Recently my favorite way of eating strawberry is sprinkling some salt and chili powder on pieces of strawberries, like we eat mangoes. Somehow I feel its addictive. You should try it too if you haven't already.

    11. SpicyTasty // 14 April 2010 at 02:17  

      Wow amazing pics. Very lovely clicks. Love the salad. It's very inviting.

    12. PranisKitchen // 14 April 2010 at 11:45  

      very healthy chat..looks delicious.liked the colors.
      First time here.u have a lovely blog.
      following you.
      if u get a chance visit our blog too
      http://pranithworld.blogspot.com/

    13. notyet100 // 16 April 2010 at 09:22  

      looks so refreshing..

    14. meeso // 1 May 2010 at 18:17  

      That looks refreshing and delicious!

    15. Usha // 7 May 2010 at 02:16  

      Perfect summer salad and lovely pictures!
      Thanks for sharing this salad with the Healthy Inspirations event :-)