Mango Fruit Chaat

A savoury Indian twist on fruit salad

I LOVE salads with fruit in them.  During the summer a friend of mine mentioned that his mom always made fruit chaat for iftaars – the meal eaten together by family and friends when their fast is broken in the holy month of Islam, Ramadan.

The idea intrigued me, so after asking him a few questions about what his mom put in it and reading up on it, I tossed together a variation of the recipe using some of my favorite ingredients!

The basis of my mango chaat recipe, like any chaat recipe is the Indian spice chaat masala that is a blend of amchoor (dried mango powder), cumin, black pepper, dried coriander, dried ginger, asafoetida and capsicum. The unique blend of spices is used in many South Asian appetizers and will give your palette a sweet-sour taste experience.

So now I share one of my quick and easy recipes that makes a great healthy lunch or as an appetizer to any Indian dinner. ENJOY!

Ingredients

Serves 4 to 6 people

    3 to 4 Unripened Mangoes peeled and chopped in cubes, not completely green but sour
    4 Green Onions finely chopped
    1/2 Cucumber diced
    1/2 Cup of Pomegrante Seeds
    1 Pear of your choice chopped (Bartlett Pears are my personal favourite)
    A handful of Coriander chopped
    Pine Nuts: This is my personal twist to the recipe as pine nuts are low in cholesteral and still give you that crunch! I usually add in a couple of handfuls, but the amount is really up to you.
    1 to 2 teaspoons of Chaat Masala: available at most South Asian grocery stores. Loblaws also carries this.

    Seasalt to taste
    Fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions

1. Mix all the above ingredients together in a large salad bowl, toss fruits with the spices and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes in the fridge in order for the flavors to mix. The salt and masala helps the juices from the mango and other fruits to mix together for a great tangy taste!

2. Keep in mind the fruits and nuts you choose to put in this recipe can always be varied according to your taste buds.

3. If you are serving this with Indian food as an appetizer before dinner, some main course choices are tandoori chicken and naan, or tikkis: potato croquettes with channa, a dry chickpea dish.

Watch out for future recipes of some of these items!

TIP: If you are feeling kitchen savvy you can also make your own blend of chaat masala by using this recipe: Homemade chaat masala

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