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How to Make the Perfect Fruit Chaat: A Guide to Get it Right!

   |  Updated: June 29, 2017 17:03 IST

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How to Make the Perfect Fruit Chaat:  A Guide to Get it Right!
Highlights
  • Each fruit has its own special personality
  • Fruit Chaat should have sweet, salty and sour notes in it to be delicious
  • Experiment with different herbs in your chaat to take it to another level
You would agree, we all love the vibrant colours of fruits mixed in a bowl bringing in a trove of health benefits, along with a dash of chaat masala and lemon to give it the final lip-smacking finish. Yes, we are talking about fruit chaat that you can gorge on at any time considering how replenishing they are. However, have you ever wondered what all fruits should actually go into your bowl? If you haven't thought about it yet, worry not, as we give you some tips to get your fruit chaat just right and of course a few recipes to get started. Read on!

According to the book Diet & Nutrition, A Holistic Approach by Rudolph Ballentine, each fruit has its own special personality and they should each be treated differently when mixing them. Generally, a combination of two or three fruits is optimal to make a fruit chaat to enjoy the flavour and taste of each fruit.



According to MasterChef contestant Chef Rohini T. Chawla, "always try and use firm yet ripe fruits. Seasoning is important. Fruit Chaat should have sweet, salty and sour notes in it to be delicious. If you want to add a dressing, add it just before serving to avoid fruits from becoming soggy. Fruits and herbs make a delicious combo."



Experiment with different herbs in your chaat to take it to another level. Restricting yourself to no more than 3-4 fruits for a chaat is ideal. Adding more fruits to it will mean losing flavours of each fruit. For example, banana, papaya and guava have a very pronounced flavour, hence avoid having all of them together in one chaat.



Here are some fruit combinations that you can add in your chaat:



1. Apples, oranges, pomegranate, mango



2. Banana, green apples, kiwis, grapes, strawberry



3. Watermelon, orange, peaches, and cherries



4. Melon, grapes, figs, apples, pineapple



5. Pineapple, mango, pomegranate, strawberry



Here are 6 recipes of fruit salad with a twist you would love to try at home.



Fruity Pizzalla



Recipe by Chef Rohini T. Chawla

fruit pizzallaPhoto Credit: Chef Rohini T. Chawla

Ingredients

  • Medium size watermelon
  • Firm Mango
  • Cherries
  • Kiwi
  • Flavored Greek Yogurt
  • Handful almonds/pistachios/walnuts (finely chopped)
  • Platter to assemble. Chopping board or a big platter would be ideal

Dressing



1 tablespoon Honey
2 thinly chopped Green chilies
Pinch of cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 lemon
2 tablespoon Olive oil
Salt to taste



Dressing



In a mixing bowl combine lemon juice, olive oil, honey, cinnamon, and cardamom powder and whisk. Add finely chopped chillies and salt to taste.



Fruit Preparation

  1. Cut watermelon into disc about an inch thick
  2. Slice each disc into 4-6 wedges depending on the size of the slice
  3. Slice mango into thin slices
  4. Peel and cut kiwi into small rounds using a melon baller

Assembly

  1. Place the watermelon discs slightly separated from each other on the platter
  2. Arrange cherries, kiwi, and mango slices around the watermelon. Keeping in mind not to crowd the platter
  3. Pipe or spoon a dollop of Greek yogurt on each watermelon disc and drizzle the dressing on the fruits
  4. Sprinkle finely chopped nuts of of choice for added texture and crunch
  5. Garnish with fresh mint or basil leaves and enjoy the Fruity Pizzalla


 2. Tandoori Fruit Chaat



Recipe by Chef Sunil Marwah



Sweet potato, green apples, star fruit, pineapple and three coloured peppers are marinated in a distinct mixture and cooked in a tandoor/oven.

tandoori fruit chaat

3. Simple Fruit Chaat



Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal & Devanshi



Here's a classic fruit chaat made with a mix of fruits with lemon and salt. Time to gorge on to some yumminess.

fruit chaat

4. Grilled Fruit Chaat Bites



Recipes by Chef Sunil Chauhan



Assorted fruits coated with spices and honey, roasted and served warm is just the twist brought to the usual chaat.

grilled fruit bitesPhoto Credit: Facebook/Cooking recipes

5. Compressed Fruit Chaat



Recipe by Chef Kunal Kapur



Here's a quick and easy way to create something super hydrating and loaded with fruity flavours. All you need is some basic fruits, fruit juices and a handful of ingredients.

compressed fruit chaat

6. Liquid Fruit Chaat



Recipe by Chef Shatbhi Basu



This one's just perfect for a house party! Vodka with fruits and a splash of lime juice is the perfect bet for serving the guests.

liquid fruit chaatPhoto Credit: Facebook/Indian Grill Room

Do tell us if you have your version of fruit chaat and share it with us! Happy healthy indulging.


 

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