Vrat Friendly Fruit Chaat
Fruit Chaat is a delicious and refreshing Indian style fruit salad made with assorted fruits flavored with chaat masala and other spices. It is simple, easy, tasty and quick! Enjoy this refreshing and lip smacking tasty fruit chaat with sweet and tangy flavors at home!
Add seasonal fruits of your choice and also tubers such as potatoes and sweet potatoes to make the perfect fruit chaat. In Pakistani and Delhi style fruit chaat they add these tubers but in other parts of India, it’s mainly fresh fruit, spices, salt, lemon juice, mint leaves or coriander leaves and some add a dash of sugar or honey.
Today I made this mixed fruit chaat which is an awesome way to have a variety of fruits in one shot. I have used 8 types of fruits which I had in hand but you can use fruits as per your choice or use seasonal fruits too. Even kids who make a fuss to eat fruits will have it without any complaints. Isn’t this a great way for kids and even adults to get their daily fruit intake?
Fruit chaat is loved by kids and adults alike and is a great way to include some fruits into your diet. This healthy chaat is ready under 15 minutes and is a fun way to satisfy your fruit cravings.
This refreshing and spiced chaat can be enjoyed as an evening snack or to fill in the gap between meals. It is also great to have it as breakfast which is light and refreshing.
Summer is the best season for fruit chaat. It is also great during fasting. This serves as a excellent food for those who are fasting for a Hindu fasting day or Navratri. This recipe is vrat friendly fruit chaat. You just need to simply opt out the chaat masala as chaat masala is not consumed as per some family’s fasting guidelines.
You can add different vegetables and fruits. Spice it with chaat masala along with some other spices of your choice and drizzled it with lemon juice. Try this refreshing and healthy chaat for a power pack evening snack.
So now it is time to head to your kitchen and make this delicious and mouthwatering fruit chaat!
WHAT IS CHAAT?
Chaat comes from the Hindi word chaanta which means to lick. Chaats are generally snacks bursting with tongue tickling sweet, spicy and tangy flavors.
Chaats are very popular street food and now they are commonly found in restaurant menus too. Most chaat dishes are normally fried and savory snacks like papri chaat, aloo chaat, bhelpuri, aloo tikki chaat, dahi puri, ragda patties, dahi vada, chana chaat, sev puri, katori chaat, samosas chaat etc topped with sweet, spicy and tangy chutneys. However, fruit chaat is a unique chaat made from a sweet fruit base and topped with savory & tangy spices, most importantly chaat masala.
WHAT IS CHAAT MASALA?
Chaat Masala is a commonly used blend of spices, mainly comprising of dry mango powder (amchur powder), roasted cumin powder (jeera), black salt (kala namak), rock salt (sendha namak) black pepper powder, pomegranate seed powder (anardana), dry ginger powder (saunth), nutmeg, dry mint powder, asafoetida etc. Apart from these main spices, other spices may vary across brands and preparations.
It is a versatile masala that adds a magical touch to anything it is sprinkled on. It has a very distinctive taste and is generally added in all chaat items and as a topping on snacks for a spicy & tangy flavor. It imparts a unique earthy flavor to the fruit chaat and enhances the sweetness of the fruits.
It is easily available at the Indian grocery store or you can buy it on Amazon or other online sites.
WHAT FRUITS TO USE IN FRUIT CHAAT?
When it comes to making a fruit chaat, there are no fixed rules. You can use fruits of your choice, seasonal fruits or whichever fruits you have in hand
Select a mix of sweet, sour, and juicy fruits for a well-rounded flavor, taste and texture. You can also try to mix fruits of different colors which makes the dish colourful and pretty to the eyes.
Apart from the fruits I’ve used in the recipe, some of the fruit which are great to use as named as pears, pineapple, kiwi, sapota, plums, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots etc.
TIPS FOR FRUIT CHAAT
FRUITS– Make use of seasonal fruits or whichever fruits are available to you. You can mix and match the colour of the fruit to make the dish look colourful and pretty to the eyes. Try using a mix of sweet, tangy and juicy fruits to balance out the flavor. Some more fruit which you can choose apart from the one I used are pears, pineapple, kiwi, sapota, plums, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apricots etc.
SWEET POTATOES AND POTATOES – These tubers are usually added in fruit chaat. It taste so awesome and adds more nutrients. You can pressure cook them.for 2-3 whistles, dice them and use it. Potatoes can be deep fried or shallow fried. But if you’re looking for healthier option then skip the frying part.
CHAAT MASALA – Chaat masala is one of the most important spice mix in any chaat dishes and fruit chaat. It’s easily available in any Indian grocery store or you can get in Amazon or other online stores. Highly recommend using it in this recipe.
VRAT FRIENDLY – This dish is an excellent snack to be made for fasting days. If you plan to make it on any Hindu fasting days then add the spices according to the family fasting guidelines. Some don’t consume chaat masala during fasting so you can skip the chaat masala and increase the roasted cumin powder and the other ingredients according to your taste buds.
ADDITIONAL SPICES – I made this fruit chaat very mildly spiced as I made it for my kid as well. You can add red chilli powder, finely chopped green chillies and also some chopped coriander leaves. I’ve personally tried and it’s takes your fruit chaat to another level.
INGREDIENTS THAT GOES INSIDE THIS FRUIT CHAAT
FRUITS – Apple, watermelon, orange segments, mango, banana, green grapes, black grapes and pomegranate.
SPICES – Himalayan salt, cracked peppercorns, chaat masala and roasted cumin powder.
OTHER INGREDIENTS – Mint leaves and lemon juice.
HOW TO MAKE FRUIT CHAAT
This section shows how to make fruit chaat at home, with step-by-step photos and with video tutorial. For full instructions, see the recipe card below.
Choose fruits accordingly to your choice or seasonal fruits. I have used here apples, watermelons, orange segmemts, bananas, mangoes, green grapes, black grapes and pomegranate arils. You can easily include seasonal fruits some of which are pineapple, papaya, guava, sapota, kiwifruit, strawberries etc.
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Fruit Chaat Video Tutorial
HERE’S A STEP BY STEP PICTORIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE FRUIT CHAAT
To begin making the fruit chaat, first wash the fruit thoroughly and pat dry. Peel the fruits whichever required peeling and cut into dice or cube and keep them ready by the side.
Measure and keep all the ingredients ready. Preferably use fruits directly from the refrigerator instead of chopping and refrigerating as some fruits tends to brown or blackish if cut and keep for a while. The chaat tastes best when served chilled.
In a large mixing bowl, add the cut fruits one after the other.
Add in the remaining ingredients like salt, cracked peppercorns, chaat masala, cumin powder, mint leaves and lemon juice.
Toss and mix well. Check the seasonings and add more if required as per your palate preference especially the salt and and the spices.
Your delectable and nutritious fruit chaat is ready. Enjoy!
Serve fruit chaat as an evening snack or as an appetizer for parties.
● If using banana and mango, use ripe but firm banana and mango or else it will turn mushy and give an unappealing look to the fruit chaat.
● Choose fruits of your choice or seasonal fruits.
● If using sweet potato, pressure cook the sweet potatoes for 2 whistles, then chop it and use.
● You can add regular potato as well. If using peel the potatoes, dice it, then deep fry and add it. If you dont want to deep in oil, you can do it in air fryer or shallow fry in a pan with less oil.
● Highly recommend using cumin powder, as it helps in digestion and adds a nice flavour. I would recommend using roasted cumin powder.
● Chaat masala is the hero ingredient in fruit chaat and any chaat recipe. It lends an extra zing and punch to the fruit chaat.
● You can also add finely chopped green chillies and red chilli powder.
● Mint leaves makes the fruit chaat tastes more refreshing. You can also add chopped coriander leaves.
● I used Himalayan rock salt aka sendha namak. You may use the regular salt.
Mixed Fruit Chaat (Indian Spiced Fruit Salad)
- Mixing bowl
- 240 ml measuring cup set
- chopping board
- 1 apple diced
- 1 cup watermelon
- 1 orange segments
- 1 mango diced
- 2 large banana diced
- ¼ cup green grapes diced
- ¼ cup black grapes
- 1 pomegranate
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon chaat masala
- ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
- ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
- 5-6 mint leaves chopped
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (juice of ½ lemon)
- To begin making the fruit chaat, first wash the fruit thoroughly and pat dry. Peel the fruits whichever required peeling and cut into dice or cube and keep them ready by the side.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the cut fruits one after the other.
- Add in the remaining ingredients like salt, cracked peppercorns, chaat masala, cumin powder, mint leaves and lemon juice.
- Toss and mix well. Check the seasonings and add more if required as per your palate preference especially the salt and and the spices.
- Your delectable and nutritious fruit chaat is ready. Enjoy!
- Serve fruit chaat as an evening snack or as an appetizer for parties.
If using banana and mango, use ripe but firm banana and mango or else it will turn mushy and give an unappealing look to the fruit chaat.
Choose fruits of your choice or seasonal fruits.
If using sweet potato, pressure cook for 2 whistles separately, chop it and then use.
You can add regular potato as well. If using, dice it, then deep fry and add it.
Highly recommend using cumin powder, as it helps in digestion and adds a nice flavour. I would recommend using roasted cumin powder.
Chaat masala is the hero ingredient in fruit chaat and any chaat recipe. It lends an extra zing and punch to the fruit chaat.
You can also add finely chopped green chillies and red chilli powder.
Mint leaves makes the fruit chaat tastes more refreshing. You can also add chopped coriander leaves.
I used Himalayan rock salt aka sendha namak. You may use the regular salt.
SERVING & STORAGE SUGGESTIONS
This chaat is best served chilled. Hence I recommend using fruits straight from the refrigerator. That way we dont required to keep the fruit chaat for too long in the refrigerator to chill and just leaving it in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes does the work.
Fruit chaat is best enjoyed when it’s fresh. If you have any leftover, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for upto a day. However the fruits start to turn brown and also start leaving water. In that case you can transfer only the fruits in another bowl. Add in some spices and the other ingredients as required and serve.
WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD OF CHAAT MASALA?
Chaat masala is a blend of spices that consist of couple of spices. If you dont have chaat masala in hand you can use some available ingredients present in chaat masala like dry mango powder, dry ginger powder, pomegranate seed powder, red chilli powder, asafoetida, black salt. However if you’re fasting you can simply skip the chaat masala and go ahead with the spices mentioned in the recipe.
CAN FRUIT CHAAT BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?
I normally wash the fruits and keep in the refrigerator. When I want to make the fruit chaat I just take out the fruit from refrigerator and chop the fruits minus the fruits like banana, apple, pear etc. I cut them just before serving. Right before serving, I toss in the seasoning and lemon juice, mix, and serve.
CAN FRUIT CHAAT BE STORED?
The best is freshly prepared fruit chaat. If you have any leftovers, don’t keep them for long and try to finish it by next day. because it will turn soggy, brown and start to leave water. Transfer the leftover onto an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.
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