Spiced-Up Fruit Salad
Fruit Chaat is basically a spiced-up fruit salad that offers the aroma of a unique spice that blends with the fruit mixture. In short, it’s a more interesting way to eat your fruit salad. Plus, spices can offer some benefits to our health in general.
This type of salad is common among the cuisines from the Indian subcontinent. Every Indian, Pakistani, and Bengali will have their own version of fruit chaat. But the essence is the same. It’s a fruit salad with a generous sprinkle of spices.
Fruit Chaat Masala
The spices mix itself is what you call fruit chaat masala. It may vary from one to another as some may use more ingredients than others.
The recipe I’m sharing is based on what I have enjoyed and learned from my Pakistani family and friends. Hence, the title is fruit chaat recipe Pakistani style.
And the chaat masala that I often use is the Laziza brand. Though I sometimes use Shan as well. But really, I prefer making my own homemade chaat masala that tastes superior to the shop-bought one because it doesn’t have any additives.
If you don’t have many spices in stock, you can always use fewer spices. The easy ones are red chili powder, black pepper, and cinnamon, as these three spices are almost always existent in most kitchens.
Whatever Fruits You Love
Just like any salad, you can use and mix any fruits you love. The basic ones that almost always go to this Pakistani fruit salad are bananas, apples, pears, grapes, and oranges/ clementines.
Yet, in this recipe, I use a slightly different mix. To show how far you can go by choosing and combining your fruits.
As an idea, you would want to balance the texture of your salad. So you want a nice mixture of hard fruits and soft fruits.
In my household, the hard fruits will be apples and pears.
But when it comes to soft fruits, the choices are endless. We have used mango, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, nectarines, peaches, pineapple, clementines, oranges, and (rarely) bananas. Yes, my kids are not keen on having bananas in fruit salad, so I often opt it out. But of course, you’re welcome to put bananas in your salad.
A Twist Of Traditional Fruit Chaat
You may come across other more simple recipes using nothing but a fruit mixture and spices.
And that’s what I learned the first time I had this Pakistani-style fruit salad.
But I find it slightly boring, and my kids don’t really fancy it. So I made a twist.
I add a mixture of mango pulp and orange juice to the dressing. And what a little tweak with a big punchy flavor this dressing makes. My fruit chaat is more deliciously delightful and simply moreish.
Just Throw All The Ingredients In A Bowl
Yup. That’s how you make the salad in general anyway, right?
You wash, peel, cut, or chop your fruits.
Then mix all the dressing ingredients.
Lastly, sprinkle the spices.
As simple as that.
When To Enjoy Your Spicy Fruit Salad
Traditionally my family and friends will have fruit chaat at iftar (breaking the fast) as one of the Ramadan menus. I think the idea is to ensure the 5-a-day intake after the long hours of fasting.
However, you can always enjoy this spiced-up fruit salad any day and anytime.
More salad recipes
Before you go, don’t forget to check my other refreshing salad recipes that you may like.
- Apple, melon, and pineapple salad with balsamic vinegar dressing.
- Cucumber and tomato salad.
- Rujak Serut: Indonesian sweet potato slaw with tamarind dressing.
- Asinan Jakarta: Indonesian crispy salad with spicy peanut and tamarind dressing.
Thank you for reading this fruit chaat recipe. Are you thinking of trying this recipe now? I hope so. And when you do try, it would be great if you could share what you think about it in the comments below.
Thank you and all the best.
Fruit Chaat Recipe Pakistani Style
- Mixing bowls.
- Kitchen knife
- Chopping board
- 2 granny smith apples.
- 2 pears.
- 1 mango.
- 1 big slice of pineapple.
- 5 ounces grapes green, red, or black.
- 5 ounces raspberries I used frozen ones.
- ⅓ cup mango pulp.
- 2 tablespoons orange juice.
- 1 teaspoon chaat masala or according to taste.
- Peel, core and cut the apples and pears. Place them in a salad bowl/ mixing bowl.
- Peel and cut the mango into cubes. Add them into the bowl.
- Cut the pineapple in chunks, then add in the apple mixture.
- Wash and cut the grapes in halves. Add them into the apple and pear mix.
- Add in the raspberries.
- Pour in the mango pulp and orange juice into the fruit mix. Gently stir well until the fruits are coated with the mango and orange mix.
- Sprinkle the chaat masala and mix well again.
- You can sprinkle extra chaat masala as garnish when serving.
- If you don’t have mango pulp, you can make your own by blending some mango flesh with a little water or juice in a blender until you get a nice smoothie-like mango mixture.
- You can use your very own homemade chaat masala.
Nutritional info in this recipe is only estimate using online calculator. You should refer to it as a guide only. Please verify with your own data if you seek an accurate info.
A spiced-up fruit salad that offers the aroma of a unique spice that blends with a mixture of fruits. In other words, it’s a fruit salad with a generous sprinkle of spices.
Chaat masala is made of a mixture of several different spices such as Red Chilli, Salt, Roasted Cumin Powder, Sugar, Black Pepper, Clove, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves, Cardamom, Star Anise, and Dried Ginger.
You can enhance and spice up the fruit by adding spices such as Red Chilli, Salt, Roasted Cumin Powder, Sugar, Black Pepper, Clove, Cinnamon, Dried Ginger, etc.
If you don’t have many varieties of spices in stock, you can always use fewer varieties. The easy ones are dried ginger, black pepper, and cinnamon, as these three spices almost always exist in most kitchens.