Fruit Chaat is a delicious, sweet & tangy Indian chaat made with chilled juicy fruits flavored with chaat masala and other spices.
Fruit chaat is loved by kids and adults alike and is a fun way to include some fruits into your diet. This healthy chaat takes just minutes to make and is a great way to satisfy your food cravings.
This refreshing chaat can be enjoyed as a dessert, an evening snack or to fill in the gap between meals and is the perfect summertime recipe.
What is Chaat?
Chaat comes from the Hindi word chaanta (चाटना), which means to lick. Chaats are generally snacks bursting with tongue tickling sweet, spicy and tangy flavors.
Most of the popular chaats dishes are normally fried and savory snacks like samosas chaat, papri chaat, aloo chaat etc topped with sweet & spicy chutneys. However, fruit chaat is a unique chaat made from a sweet fruit base and topped with savory & tangy spices, most importantly chaat masala.
What is Chaat Masala?
Chaat Masala is a commonly used blend of spices, mainly comprising of dry mango powder (amchur), roasted cumin powder (jeera), black salt (kala namak), pomegranate seed powder (anardana) and dry ginger powder (saunth). Apart from these main spices, other spices may vary across preparations.
It has a very distinctive taste and is generally added as a topping on snacks for a spicy & tangy flavor. Addition of chaat masala to fruits imparts a unique earthy flavor and enhances the sweetness of the fruits.
What Fruits to use in Fruit Chaat?
You can use almost any fruit that is available to you for this recipe. It’s nice to use a mix of sweet & tangy fruits to balance out the flavors. Combining hard fruits (like apple, pears) with soft fruits (like grapes, oranges etc.) also enhances the texture of the dish. You can also try to mix fruits of different colors for a prettier dish.
My favorite basic combination of fruits for this chaat is bananas, apple & grapes. Other than that, many fruits like pears, oranges, cherries, peaches, apricots, watermelon, strawberries, pomegranate seeds (anar dana), pineapple etc. go well with it.
Variations of Fruit Chaat
The basic recipe of fruit chaat mixed fresh fruits with lemon juice, chaat masala, black salt & black pepper. However, there are many variations that you can do in this recipe :
- Like any other true Indian chaat, add tamarind & coriander chutney for a distinctive sweet & spicy flavor.
- Many people like to add some sort of fresh fruit dressing like orange, pineapple, mango juice to the fruit chaat.
- Add some boiled & seasoned chickpeas. They give a nice contrast to the sweet fruits and also add some protein to the dish.
- Sprinkle some cinnamon powder on the chaat for a unique flavor.
Serving & Storage
This chaat is best served chilled. I like to use chilled fruits when preparing the chaat and then leaving it in the refrigerator for 10 mins or till it’s time to serve.
Fruit chaat is best enjoyed when it’s fresh. You can store it in the refrigerator for upto a day. However the fruits start to turn brown & mushy if left after cutting for too long and also start leaving water after adding spices so I prefer making it just before eating.
To make Fruit Chaat at home follow the detailed step by step recipe with photos posted below.
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Ingredients For Fruit Chaat Recipe
- 1 Apple
- 1 Pear
- 2 Bananas
- 1 Cup Grapes
- 1/4 Cup Mint Leaves
- 1/2 Teaspoon Rock Salt (Kala Namak)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder (Kali Mirch)
- 3/4 Teaspoon Chaat Masala
- 3/4 Teaspoon Roasted Cumin Powder (Bhuna Jeera)
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
Step By Step Instructions for Fruit Chaat Recipe
- Wash, core and dice the apples into small cubes.1 Apple
- Wash and dice the pears into cubes as well.1 Pear
- Peel and chop the bananas.2 Bananas
- Wash the grapes and remove them from stems.1 Cup Grapes
- Add all the fruits to a large mixing bowl.
- Optionally, add some finely chopped mint leaves to the fruits.1/4 Cup Mint Leaves
- Then add kala namak (rock salt), kali mirch (black pepper powder), chaat msala and bhuna jeera (roasted cumin powder). Also sprinkle some lemon juice.1/2 Teaspoon Rock Salt (Kala Namak), 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder (Kali Mirch), 3/4 Teaspoon Chaat Masala, 3/4 Teaspoon Roasted Cumin Powder (Bhuna Jeera), 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- Toss to mix all the ingredients together.
- Fruit Chaat is ready. Refrigerate for 10 mins and serve it chilled.
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