This Pakistani-style Fruit Chaat recipe is bursting with sweet and tart flavour and a fresh, vibrant texture. Use pre-made masala or make your own 5-ingredient chaat masala. Tips for making the best fruit chaat are included. Let’s spruce up that fruit!
What is Fruit Chaat?
Fruit chaat is a spicy, tangy fruit salad that is widely consumed in Pakistan and India. Various fruits are combined with chaat masala, a spice blend. It’s a refreshing snack in Pakistani culture and is typically eaten for Iftar during the month of Ramadan.
Fruit Chaat For Iftar In Ramdan
Growing up, I never remember breaking a Ramadan fast without fruit chaat. To this day, it’s the one thing I always have on the table for Iftar.
Fruit chaat not only provides a variety of fruits in your limited sundown time, but it also helps balance out all of the savoury and heavy foods that are commonly consumed for Iftar.
You may also try this recipe: Pakistani Haleem Recipe
What is Chaat Masala For Fruit Chaat?
Chaat Masala is a spice blend comprised of traditional Pakistani and Indian spices. Chaat Masala recipes vary, but the following elements are common to almost all of them:
- cumin seeds, roasted
- mango powder, dried (amchur)
- black pepper (kala namak)
- powdered pomegranate seeds (anardana)
- red chilli pepper
How To Make Chaat Masala Easliy?
Chaat Masala has a distinct flavour that is difficult to replicate. In fact, I was about to give up after trying numerous versions with no success.
But then I trusted my instincts and let go of what’should’ be the right quantities to create a simple, 5-ingredient recipe that rivals store-bought chaat masala.
To make chaat masala, first dry roast and cool the cumin seeds. Then combine them with the remaining spices in a spice grinder and blend. You can also crush the cumin seeds in a mortar and pestle before mixing in the rest of the spices.
How To Make Recipe For Fruit Chaat?
The non-recipe recipe is as follows:
- Chop your fruit and combine it in a bowl.
- Stir in the other ingredients until well combined.
What Friut To Use For Chat fruit?
When it comes to fruit chaat, there are no restrictions, and the tastiest fruit is whatever you have on hand.
Bananas, apples, pears, grapes, mango, and pomegranate (my favorite addition!) are the most regularly utilized fruits. I wouldn’t say no fruit is forbidden, but particular fruits, such as figs and avocados, aren’t often utilized. I also avoid fruits containing a lot of water, such as watermelon and cantaloupe.
While chickpeas are optional, they are often utilized in traditional dishes. Chickpeas help to balance the sweet and salty flavors while also providing some protein.
The Secret For Great Chaat
I’ve tried a variety of fruit chaats. (After only one month of eating dawats, you’ll be an expert.)
Although a good chaat masala is essential, I’ve discovered that the finest fruit chaats all have one element in common, the secret sauce if you will – orange juice, or any other fruity juice!
Freshly squeezed is preferable, but use whatever you have on hand. I’ve seen folks combine Tang! with mango juice or a combination drink like pineapple orange mango.
3 Easy Tips:
- I like to slice the fruit into little bits so that no one fruit dominates and each taste is different. It’s also more convenient to eat that way.
- Adjust the spices to your liking while creating the chaat masala. Cumin to provide earthiness, red chile to add spice, dry mango powder and anardana to add sourness, and black salt to add punch.
- If you want to experiment with other flavors, consider adding tamarind paste (imli), cinnamon powder, and jaggery powder (gud).
Ingredients For Chaat
Fresh Fruit (Options Below) – Makes 5 1/2 – 6 cups of chopped fruit
- 1 small apple bacuse calories in one apple is too much, cored and diced
- 1 small tangerine, peeled and halved
- 1 small mango, peeled and diced
- 1/3 cup blueberries (or secondary berries of your choice)
- 1/3 cup grapes, if large, cut lengthways
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
- 1 banana, cut lengthways and sliced
- 2-4 teaspoons chaat masala (start with less if store bought) See below for a small batch recipe
- 3 tablespoons orange juice or the juice of your choice
- 1 teaspoon sugar, maple syrup, or sweetener of your choice, optional
- 1/3 cup cooked chickpeas (drain and rinse if using canned), optional
- Mint, optional, to garnish
Chaat Masala – Yields ~4 teaspoons
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tsp dried mango powder (Amchoor powder)
- 1/2 teaspoon pomegranate seeds (Anardana) or Subgranada powder
- 1/4 teaspoon heaped black salt (or sub-pink salt)
- generous pinch of red chili
- 2 black peppercorns, optional
For make the Chaat Masala
- Warm a small skillet over low-medium heat. Dry-roast the cumin seeds for 2-3 minutes, or until aromatic and beginning to darken in color. Take from the heat and set aside to cool.
- Add the cumin seeds and the remaining spices to a spice grinder. Grind until finely powdered. Set aside.
For Make The Fruit Chaat
- In a serving dish, add the fruit and fruit chaat ingredients (excluding the mint) and mix thoroughly.
- If desired, garnish with mint. Serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve. It is best if eaten within one day.