This dish is from the street markets of Delhi. Fruit chaat, as the name suggests, is a blend of assorted fruits, preferably sweet acidic fruits, tossed with potatoes. Known as phala chaat, it is packed with nutrients and is low in calories.
Any combination of fruits can be used according to seasonal availability and personal preference. Tropical fruits are wonderful additions to this dish. Berries can add great colour and flavour bursts.
The chaat masala in this recipe can be bought from an Indian grocer, or better, made yourself. Our family recipe for chaat masala is very easy to make.
This is a surprising thing to serve as a starter at a dinner party. The taste is definitely Indian and very, very few people will have tasted a dish like this. This is best served with a light menu.
It also makes a great summer lunch. If you want to serve this as finger-food, consider placing it into lettuce cups.
Peel and cut potato into small cubes. Boil until just cooked. Drain and set aside.
Cut apple and pears into 2cm chunks. Peel the oranges and cut each segment into half. Peel the mango and cut into small cubes. Peel bananas and slice into thick slices. Peel and de-seed cucumber. Cut into small cubes.
Place all the fruits and potato into a bowl. Sprinkle the salt, jaggery and chaat masala. Pour over the orange and lemon juice. Mix well and refrigerate for one hour before serving.
- This could be served as a finger food by placing into lettuce cups.