Fruit Chaat is a popular spiced fruit salad in Pakistan and India. Seasoned with chaat masala, a spice rub of dried mango powder, cumin, coriander, Himalayan pink salt, black pepper, ginger, cayenne pepper, and asafetida. This popular seasoned salt is something you will find on every street vendors station in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. From using it on burgers, to salads, stews and even eggs, this staple spice is a must have in any South Asian kitchen.
During the holidays the most popular way of using the spice is in a fruit salad. No dinner is complete without having Fruit Chaat on the table. Whether it be a side during dinner or for dessert, here's the recipe for my most favorite way to make Pakistani street style Fruit Chaat.
You start out by using any fruit you would like. Here I have apples, kiwis, pears, oranges, strawberries, bananas, and blueberries (if my son doesn’t eat them all.)
Now just chop them up to your desired size. I like to chop them fairly fine so all the fruit is a cohesive size and so my boys don’t choke.
For the dressing I like to use freshly squeezed orange juice, salt/pepper, Chaat Masala and sweetener of choice. Whisk it all together in a bowl or shake it well in a mason jar.
Pour the dressing over your chopped fruit and give it a nice toss. Now the hard part...not eating it all in one sitting! But if you have the patience, pour it into a serving dish and let it cool in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
My 2 yr old can never wait...he expects a bowl right away!
This is optional but garnish with some fresh cream, mint, a drizzle of honey and serve!
...Now to just hope leftovers are left for Suhoor (the morning meal!)