25 Jan 2014

Fruit Salad with Chat Masala

One of my resolutions for the new year is to eat more healthy food.

I have always been a big fan of fruit. Not as big a fan as of say, chocolate, but a reasonably loyal follower all the same. Perhaps it is the fructose sugar in fruit that makes it more edible than some of the other vitamin-infused, low-calorie, frighteningly healthy stuff out there. And I need something to satiate my sweet tooth when chocolate isn't allowed to. So fruit it is.

Now there comes a time, about twenty days into your new year resolutions, when the repetitive nature of fruit starts rearing its fruity head. Why chocolate never gets repetitive even after scoffing a whole box of Cadbury's Roses is a mystery that continues to baffle me. The dilemma now is to either carry on eating fruit with strong resolve and determination, or opt out and head for the last box of Quality Street lurking in a dark corner of the kitchen cupboard.

I choose the former. Way to go, midlife crisis!

Fruit Salad with Chat Masala

Surely, making the fruit less boring and more interesting is not against the rule book. So back we go to the kitchen cupboard, this time to a well-lit, aerated corner, and reach for the one thing guaranteed to liven up any sad, boring plate of bland food. My trusty packet of Chat Masala!

As a Bombay girl, chat masala has been an ubiquitous part of my life for as long as I remember. Street food in Bombay is called Chat (or Chaat) for a reason. It would not exist without the addictive deliciousness of the chat masala.

For those who have not had the good fortune of tasting chat masala, it is a delectable tangy, zesty blend of spices. Dried mango powder (amchoor) and rock salt are the key ingredients that deliver the punch, along with a bunch of other spices like cumin, coriander, black pepper, red chilli, mint, pomegranate seeds and asafoetida, to name a few. 

You could make the chat masala from scratch at home. But believe me, this is one masala you are allowed to buy in a ready-to-use form, saving yourself the hassle of sourcing a zillion ingredients. The brand I use (MDH) tastes exactly as chat masala should.

So now to make our fruit salad. Pick the fruit you want to put in your fruit salad. I used banana, apple, pineapple, clementines and black grapes. You can use just about any fruit or salad vegetables that take your fancy. Dice the fruit into chunky pieces. Throw them into a bowl.

Sprinkle half a teaspoonful of chat masala on the fruit and toss it around to ensure the masala gets spread evenly. You can always add more chat masala if you so fancy. 

That is it. Grab your fork and devour your fruit salad that has been rendered not just palatable, but deliciously appetizing by the chat masala.


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55 comments:

  1. That sounds interesting! And, really, at this time of year, how many more plain apples can one eat?

    I can get chat masala easily here in New York - I'm going to have to try it.

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    1. Give it a go Anne. I do hope you enjoy it.

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  2. Gotta love amchoor, great idea to make being good a bit more fun!

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    1. It is one of my favourite ingredients. Tangy and yum.

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  3. I've never heard of chat masala - thanks for telling me about it, I'll look out for it.

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    1. You can find it in an Indian grocery. Or amazon via my link :-D

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  4. oooh never heard of this, sounds great. Will have to look for it

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    1. It is lush Alison, especially if you like tangy zesty things.

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  5. Oh that sounds yummy! I wonder if I could find amchoor and chat masala here in the U.K.? I'm over from Recipe Of The Week.

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    1. Try an Indian grocery store or my amazon affiliate link :-D

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  6. I do love fruit but can't be bothered to prepare it all (yes I'm lazy!).

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    1. Then just sprinkle it on half an apple for starters :)

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  7. Sounds interesting, I've never heard of chat masala I'll have to look into it.

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    1. Must warn you - it can be quite addictive :-)

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  8. Oooh this sounds wonderful - could you use it in an apple pie filling? We are getting bored with only cinnamon or nutmeg!

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    1. It is mainly for savouries, what with rock salt in it. I wouldn't want it in my pud :-)

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  9. I have never tried this, will have a look out for the spice mix. Silly question is it a spice mix that they use in Tikka Marsala?

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    1. Don't think so. That might be garam masala, I think x

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  10. I am sure the chat masala gives it quite the exotic taste!

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    1. Absolutely! Rock salt has a very unique flavour. It is nothing like plain old sea-salt.

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  11. I don't think I've tried chat masala before but it sounds lovely, perfect for winter too I should imagine?

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    1. Any season, once you fall in love with the taste!

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  12. What a great way to liven up plain old fruit! Pinning this for later use :D

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    1. Thanks Michelle. Let me know how you get on x

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  13. I'd never heard of this but it sounds great, might have to by some to make our fruit salads more interesting

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  14. Oh that sounds yummy I am going to have to buy me some xx

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  15. ~This sounds delicious! Fruit on its own can often be a bit 'boring' this certainly promises to spice it up!

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    1. Oh, it certainly does pack a punch :-D

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  16. Ooo I've not heard of chat Masala either - off to look it up!

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    1. Give it a go. And let me know how you get on x

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  17. I had heard of Chat Masala, but didn't know what it was till now. Will certainly give it a try, as I love traditional dishes that are a little bit different, and this sounds like a welcome 'secret ingredient' :-)

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    1. Give it a try. It certainly is the secret ingredient for a lot of Mumbai street food. There wouldn't be any Chaat without the masala!

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  18. Ohh I've never heard of this before - but it sounds good - I have to admit I'm more a fruit girl than a veg girl and as much as I like fruit salad I like the idea of changing it up a little as well. x

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    1. I love fruit too, can't do veggies much. But this just adds a bit of zing when things get a little bit boring.

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  19. Oh man I used to scoff this when I lived with my parents - squeeze of lemon on top & it's delicious !!!

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    1. Yes, a dash of lemon always helps :-)

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  20. Never tried it like this.
    We eat a lot of fruit salads but always "plain".
    It might be time for an experiment :-)

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  21. We eat a lot of fruit salads but always "plain"... might give this a go in the future

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  22. Soudns delicious. If I can find this at the Asian food store in the nearst big city, I'm going to try this sometime.

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  23. Oh, I forgot ot say, Iow I understand what the name "potto chaat" comes from, which I've eaten a few times at Indian restaurants.

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    1. That's it! It is used in potato chaat as well. Maybe will post that recipe some time x

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  24. I'd like to try some Chat Masala, thanks I'll be sampling this very soon.

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  25. I have never heard of Chaat Masala but it sounds delicious!

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  26. Thats sounds great - and good on your for opting past the choccies!

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  27. Great idea and sounds delicious. Thank for joining in with #recipeoftheweek. I've pinned and tweeted this post and there's a fresh linky live now. I hope you'll pop over and join in again this week, if you haven't already!

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