Fruit Chaat Recipe | Sweet and Spicy Fruit Salad | Pakistani Fruit Chaat
Fruit chaat is the Pakistani Indian version of a fruit salad. It’s made with seasonal fruits, sugar, orange juice, and chaat masala for a hint of spice. In Pakistan, fruit chaat is an essential Ramadan recipe and is served during Iftar.
Servings: 4 people
Fruits (see note 1 for other fruits that can be used)
Cut around the mandarin (or orange) to remove the peel as well as the white pith. Cut into segments, and then small dice. Cut the mandarin / orange the same size as the other fruit. Remove any seeds.
Place the cut mandarin / orange in a medium sized bowl. Add the rest of the fruit.
Add sugar, chaat masala and orange juice.
Stir, and mix well to combine. Taste, and adjust seasonings. Depending on the combination of fruits used, the sugar and chaat masala quantity may need to be adjusted.
The fruit chaat can be served immediately, but if you let it sit for 10 minutes in the fridge the flavors meld together, and it creates a delicious fruit juice in the bottom of the bowl.
Leftover fruit chaat can be kept in the fridge for upto 2 days. However, the fruit chaat can get soft and discolored, depending on the fruits used. Fruit chaat made from firm fruit such as apples and pears lasts longer, but if bananas are used then it gets mushy and soft quickly.
- Almost any kind of fruit can be used in a fruit chaat. Fruit chaat can also be made with just 1 - 2 fruits, or 4 - 6 fruits. Choice depends on seasonal availability and personal preference. Common options include bananas (use sliced), apples, guavas and grapes. Other options include oranges, grapefruit, mangoes, peaches, nectarines, pomegranates, strawberries, kiwifruit, and blueberries. Peel, and seed the fruit as required. Make sure to add lemon juice to prevent fruit from oxidizing, and add bananas right before serving the fruit chaat.
- If oranges are in season, use fresh orange juice. Otherwise, bottled orange juice can be used. Or you can dissolve Tang (powdered orange juice) in water and use that.