Fruit Chaat

There are very few recipes that make zesty appetizers as well as delightful desserts and this is one such simple and healthy one. With low glycemic index fruits, pro digestive ingredients such as cumin, mint and healthy nuts to add some crunch, one couldn’t ask for more.
This is a recipe that my friends and I used to love eating from a humble little shop on a rundown street near our medical college in the hot days of summer. The original version only had freshly diced fruits with a dash of salt and pepper on it, but nonetheless tickled our taste buds!! I have tried to improvise it with some more fresh ingredients,usually available at most of our homes all the time.
Fruits, any of your choice…to keep it colorful and juicy, I used red grapes, chunks of pineapple, watermelon, banana, green apple, orange. You can also add papaya, kiwi fruit, peaches etc…
Dressing :
Fresh mint leaves- handful
Fresh ginger 1″ grated
Fresh lemon 1/2
Fresh ground pepper 1/2 tsp
Fresh cumin powder 1/2 tsp
Black salt powder or chaat masala 1 tsp
Orange juice 1/2 cup, about 4 oz
Toss these ingredients into a small blender/food processor and grind them into a paste by adding a little bit of orange juice ( instead of water) each time, until you reach a dripping consistency. If you want to do it the traditional mortar-pestel way, that works great too.
Drizzle the dressing over the cut fruits evenly and gently toss them so all fruits are well coated with the dressing. Refrigerate immediately for about an hour. For added crunchy nutty taste and texture, garnish with walnuts and roasted salted almonds!
Makes a great starter or the perfect end to a delicious meal.
Tip: You can sprinkle the chaat masala and black salt right before you serve so the fruits don’t lose all their juicy water content to the excess salt.

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